Christmas Shops and Markets
If you're still after a festive fix, then you won't go far wrong by visiting the following websites or going to one of the many events that are happening up and down the country. Send us a link to something which you think ought to be listed here.


UK Christmas TV is dedicated to TV schedules past and present, featuring listings going back to the 1930's(!) plus news about up-coming Christmas schedules. On top of that, there's a full gallery of Christmas Radio Times and TV Times covers. Wonderfully nostalgic.

NORAD Tracks Santa is dedicated to tracking Santa's progress across the planet (plus a stop at the International Space Station!) on Christmas Eve, and offers lots of games for kids to play in the weeks leading up to it. Fun fact: it was started way back in 1955 as a telephone service after a "Talk to Santa" phone number was misprinted in a newspaper, and the number shown went directly to Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center! The Colonel on duty ordered his staff to give all children who called the current location of Santa, and a long-standing tradition was born.

Christmas Forums

We don't have a set of forums here on Christmas UK - we'd rather spend time on providing you with content, rather than worrying about moderation! But there are some firm forum favourites out there for you to get your festive forums fix!

Digital Spy's Official Christmas Radio Times Countdown And Christmas TV Thread 2019 is the latest incarnation of Digital Spy's annual year-long Christmas thread where they follow what Christmas TV shows are being made, plus speculation about what's going to be in the Christmas TV schedules that year, together with various games and quizzes. Fun to dip into!

Mumsnet's Christmas Forum is a must for those with families - not only is it full of Christmas craft ideas, but they keep track of offers in the stores, the latest gift trends, as well as plenty of ideas about how to decorate your home and spend time with your families. There's also the annual Poncetastic Christmas Thread for those of you who go all-out in their Christmas celebrations. As the start of the thread says, "OK, first of all, I know it's still September by we need to start this thread now because as you all know, having a truly Poncetastic Christmas involves precision planning, strategy, bravery, heroics, and frequently martyrdom. A bit like the war in Afghanistan, only with nicer food and sparkly shoes..."'s Christmas Forum is jam-packed full of Christmas chat.

Reddit's UK Christmas section gets going closer to the big day, and gathers together all sorts of links.

Online Christmas Shops 2019

Christmas Style
John Lewis
The Range
Rex London

2019 Christmas Markets

This won't be a complete list as there are so many, but hopefully will list all the major ones - send us the details if yours isn't listed here.

Town Start End
Bath Nov 28 Dec 15
Birmingham Nov 7 Dec 23
Bournemouth Nov 15 Jan 1
Bury St Edmunds Nov 21 Nov 24
Cardiff Nov 14 Dec 23
Chester Nov 16 Dec 22
Deepdale Nov 29 Dec 1
Derby Nov 9 Nov 10
Durham Nov 29 Dec 1
Exeter Nov 16 Dec 19
Harrogate Nov 14 Nov 17
Hereford Dec 6 Dec 20
Lincoln Dec 5 Dec 8
Oxford Dec 5 Dec 21
Portsmouth Nov 29 Dec 1
Rochester (weekends) Nov 30 Dec 15
Salisbury Nov 30 Dec 24
Truro Dec 11 Dec 19
Wolverhampton Dec 14 Dec 23
Worcester Nov 28 Jan 1
York Dec 14 Dec 22

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