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 2018 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 2018

The Body Shop
Christmas Style
Cox & Cox
Disney Store
Dunelm Mill
Fortnum & Mason
Harvey Nichols
H Samuel
Hotel Chocolat
John Lewis
Laura Ashley
Liberty Of London
M&S Food To Order
The Perfume Shop
The Range
Rex London (formerly DotComGiftShop)
Sainsburys Food To Order
Tk Maxx
The White Company
WH Smith
The Works

2018 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
Aberdeen Nov 22 Dec 31
Bath Nov 22 Dec 9
Belfast Nov 17 Dec 22
Birmingham Nov 15 Dec 23
Bournemouth Nov 16 Jan 2
Bradford Dec 8 Dec 9
Brighton/Pier Dec 1 Dec 2
Brighton/Winter Fair Nov 24 Nov 25
Bristol Nov 9 Dec 23
Bury St Edmunds Nov 22 Nov 25
Caerphilly Dec 8 Dec 9
Canterbury Nov 16 Dec 24
Cardiff Nov 15 Dec 23
Carlisle Nov 28 Dec 2
Chelmsford Nov 24 Nov 25
Chester Nov 16 Dec 22
Chichester Dec 8 Dec 16
Deepdale Nov 30 Dec 2
Derby Nov 10 Nov 12
Derry Dec 13 Dec 16
Dundee Dec 5 Dec 22
Durham Nov 30 Dec 2
Edinburgh Nov 16 Jan 5
Ely Nov 15 Nov 17
Exeter Nov 15 Dec 16
Glasgow Nov 9 Dec 31
Gloucester Nov 15 Nov 25
Harrogate Nov 15 Nov 18
Hestercombe Nov 16 Nov 18
Hull Nov 23 Nov 24
Inverness Dec 14 Dec 16
Leeds Nov 9 Dec 22
Lichfield Dec 14 Jan 4
Lincoln Dec 6 Dec 9
Liverpool Nov 16 Nov 23
London/Clapham Common Nov 15 Nov 23
London/Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Nov 22 Jan 6
London/Southbank/London Eye Nov 9 Dec 27
Manchester Nov 9 Dec 23
Newcastle Nov 16 Dec 16
Newport (Wales) Nov 19 Dec 22
Newry Dec 2
Norwich Dec 7 Dec 23
Nottingham Nov 15 Dec 31
Oxford Dec 7 Dec 22
Perth Nov 17 Dec 2
Peterborough Dec 8 Dec 23
Plymouth Nov 29 Dec 16
Portsmouth Nov 30 Dec 2
Ripon Dec 1
Rochester (weekends) Nov 24 Dec 9
Salisbury Nov 29 Dec 23
Southampton Nov 15 Dec 23
St Albans
St Asaph
St Davids
Stoke Nov 15 Jan 6
Sunderland Dec 9
Swansea Nov 16 Dec 20
Truro Dec 12 Dec 20
Wakefield (Fri/Sat/Sun) Nov 23 Dec 2
Winchester Nov 17 Dec 20
Wolverhampton Dec 14 Dec 16
Worcester Nov 29 Dec 2
York Nov 15 Dec 23

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