Five Christmas fairs in the South West

Late night shopping is upon us, and that means a mad scramble to get your Christmas gift shopping done as soon as possible. Why not take the sting out of the queues by avoiding the big department stores and high street retailers by gathering your gifts at a local Christmas fair?

Exeter Christmas Market

Situated right in the heart of Exeter in the beautiful surroundings of Cathedral Green, the Exeter Christmas Market has quickly become a highlight of the festive season in the South West.
 
Christmas fairs are usually beautiful but Exeter’s, with its collection of wooden cabins stuffed full of artisan crafts, sumptuous foods and handmade clothing creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The imposing majesty of Exeter Cathedral overlooks the market making this one of the best Christmas fairs you’ll find.

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Totnes Christmas Market

Totnes is renowned as a centre for local craftsmen and food producers to show off their wares, and the Tuesday late night Christmas shopping and market really ramp up the festive fun.
 
A favourite among the South West Christmas fairs, it brings Totnes high street alive as the existing retailers stay open late and traders set up pop-up stalls along the street for shoppers to browse. You can park up out of town and catch the park and ride bus service put on especially for the event.
 
Expect to find exquisite pottery, beautiful art, luxury candles and organic local food produce.
 

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Bristol German Christmas Market

If German Christmas fairs offer a wonderful experience, but if you can’t spring for a flight to Berlin, make sure to add the Bristol German Christmas Market to your list of trips this winter.
 
Already in full swing, this market includes a collection of traditional chalets selling festive goods including toys, soaps, candles and handcrafted jewellery. You’ll also find a Nativity pyramid, giant advent calendar and a selection of hearty food on offer.
 
Definitely one of the most memorable Christmas fairs in the South West.

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Bath Christmas Market

There are Christmas fairs and there are Christmas fairs. Sandwiched between the beautiful Bath Abbey and Roman Baths, this one is truly exceptional. Over 170 wooden chalets line the streets offering beautiful gifts, fine food and tasty tipples.
 
The emphasis is on local artisans and businesses, with nearly three-quarters of stalls representing businesses from Bath and the surrounding regions. You’ll be able to grab some truly unique Christmas gifts to delight the whole family.
 

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Bournemouth Christmas Market

Another Christmas fair inspired by the traditional German markets, Bournemouth’s Christmas market is well-established and continues to attract quality businesses from across the country.
 
Expect a mix of Balinese handcrafts, quirky clothing, high quality leather goods and our very own National Trust Dorset stand.

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