The Two Best Christmas Markets Near Derbyshire

'Why doesn't Derby have a Christmas market?' is something that I ask myself every year.

I'd be lying if I didn't admit to being one of those annoying people that LOVES a Christmas market from the off. So, it's a shame that there isn't a Christmas market in Derby for this Xmas-loving-lass, isn't it? In this post, I'll be sharing two of the best that I've found *just* outside the county.

There's something quite Grinch-like about me until I'm dragged (hardly kicking and screaming, admittedly) to one of these markets. After that, I'm a fully-fledged-festive-fangirl...

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I know there's a brief market at Chatsworth, (which is over now) but I've shamefully never visited - So, over the last few years, I've looked further afield for my festive fix.

Here are two of my favourite Christmas markets within (relatively easy) reach of Derbyshire.

Christmas Markets near Derbyshire:


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Manchester Christmas Market


The market that has a giant monument of Zippy (yeah, the one from Rainbow) dressed as Santa sitting on the Town Hall... (Okay, so he isn't technically Zippy, but he does look very like him.)

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2019 marks the twentieth year of Manchester Christmas Markets - and it's one of the oldest in the UK.

I've been to this lovely market few a few years running now, and a trip up there is guaranteed to get me in the festive mood. With stalls stretching right across Manchester city centre, you'll be hard pushed to do everything (or eat everything) you'd planned in one trip!

Walking around with a hot chocolate in a Manchester Christmas Markets mug to warm my hands up is something that's a surefire way to get me feeling festive.

Unfortunately, if you're going just to see Zippy, it seems like your luck'll be out. He's been replaced this year and sold off by Manchester City Council, apparently.

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2019 Dates: 8th November - 21st December.

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Things to try at Manchester Christmas Markets:

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You can find more information about Manchester Christmas Markets 2019 on Manchester City Council's website here.

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Nottingham Winter Wonderland


Voted best Christmas Market in the UK by Vogue, no less, Nottingham Winter Wonderland is obviously just over the border in Notts. (But don't write it off just yet!)

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Fake snow falls from the sky as you're walking around. (At night, in the daytime when it's generally busier, I haven't noticed it.) If that doesn't get you in the mood for festivities, I'm not sure what will...

There's a carousel, huts serving all manner of food and drink, and an ice rink by the giant Christmas tree. What more can you ask for?

Things to try at Nottingham Winter Wonderland:

  • Ice skating around the Christmas tree,
  • Truffle fries,
  • Mulled wine under the fake snow,
  • A drink in the ice bar.
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2019 Dates: 15th November - 31st December.

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You can find much more about Nottingham Winter Wonderland on the website here.


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Would you like Derby to have a Christmas market like these?

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