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 2020 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 2020

Cox & Cox
Disney Store
Fortnum & Mason
H Samuel
The Range
Rex London

2020 Christmas Markets

This is going to be rather tricky this year, given "everything" - PLEASE CHECK LOCALLY THAT THESE ARE STILL RUNNING BEFORE YOU GO!

We last updated this list on August 4th 2020.

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
Aberdeen TBC
Armagh Nov 26 Nov 29
Bangor TBC
Belfast TBC
Birmingham Nov 5 Dec 23
Bournemouth Nov 13 Jan 3
Bradford TBC
Brighton TBC
Brighton/Pier TBC
Bristol TBC
Bury St Edmunds CANCELLED
Cambridge TBC
Canterbury TBC
Cardiff Nov 12 Dec 23
Carlisle TBC
Chelmsford ON HOLD
Chester TBC
Chichester TBC
Coventry TBC
Derby Nov 14 Nov 15
Derry TBC
Dundee TBC
Durham Dec 4 Dec 6
Edinburgh TBC
Ely Nov 12 Nov 14
Exeter TBC
Glasgow TBC
Gloucester TBC
Harrogate Nov 12 Nov 15
Hereford TBC
Hestercombe TBC
Hull TBC
Inverness TBC
Lancaster TBC
Leeds TBC
Leicester TBC
Lichfield TBC
Lisburn TBC
Liverpool TBC
London/Clapham Common CANCELLED
London/Hyde Park Winter Wonderland TBC
London/Leicester Square TBC
London/Southbank/London Eye TBC
Manchester TBC
Newport (Wales) TBC
Newry TBC
Norwich TBC
Nottingham TBC
Oxford Dec 3 Dec 20
Perth TBC
Peterborough Nov 20 Nov 21
Plymouth TBC
Portsmouth TBC
Preston TBC
Ripon TBC
Rochester (weekends) TBC
Salisbury TBC
Sheffield Nov 12 Dec 24
Solihull TBC
Southampton TBC
St Albans TBC
St Asaph TBC
St Davids TBC
Stirling TBC
Stoke TBC
Sunderland TBC
Swansea TBC
Truro TBC
Wakefield (Fri/Sat/Sun) ONLINE ONLY
Winchester Nov 19 Dec 22
Wolverhampton TBC
Worcester Dec 3 Dec 6
York Nov 12 Dec 23

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