This is going to be a long round up so please bear with me, I am starting it on 22nd October so let’s see how long it takes… Christmas Markets, Wreath Making Classes, Shopping Nights in St Albans and Hertfordshire – my favourite time of the year! A glass of mulled wine in one hand and my camera in the other. If you would like me to share information on your event please email me.
JJAM AT OSPREY CHRISTMAS MARKET
24th November 2022, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Osprey Home, Coopers Green Ln, Woodcock Hill, St Albans AL4 9HJ
Osprey and Jjam are my favourites! This is a beautiful setting for a Christmas Market – I will be there. Buy gin from Spirit of Herts, shopping at the Osprey outlet and TOKC and don’t forget to book fondue at Jjam which is AMAZING.
HARPENDEN CHRISTMAS POP UP
14th – 27th November 2022, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
8& Pop Up Shop, 8 Leyton Road, Harpenden, AL5 2TL
Local Herts creatives, artists & small businesses are so excited to be back for Christmas and Gift shopping.
WHEATHAMPSTEAD LIGHTS UP
24th November 2022, 4.00pm – 8.00pm
High Street, AL4 8BB
Beautiful Wheathampstead will be turning on their festive lights with a Christmas Market by Village Pop-Up (Crinkle Crankle Garden, off King Edwards Place).
Market stalls, mulled wine, food trucks, Santa’s Grotto and the High Street businesses will be open too.
CHRISTMAS ILLUMINATIONS AT HATFIELD PARK
25th November – 31st December 2022, 4.30pm – 10.00pm
Hatfield Park, Hatfield AL9 5HX
Over a million twinkling lights and seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at historic Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire. Walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour. Pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.
ASHRIDGE HOUSE ILLUMINATED
25th November – 2ND JANUARY 2023, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Hatfield Park, Hatfield AL9 5HX
Immersive light art installations will bring the Ashridge House winter gardens to life and take you on a festive adventure of light and sound.
KNEBWORTH CHRISTMAS MARKET
25th to 27th November 2022, 9.00am – 4.00pm
Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AX
Over 250 fantastic stalls including…
Children’s Toys & games | Food & drink | Gifts for him | Jewellery & fashion accessories | Health & Beauty | Christmas decorations | Ladies fashion | Fragrances | Gifts for dogs | Gadgets | Home interiors | Arts & Crafts | Stocking Fillers | Cards | Cookware | Tableware | And much more…
CHILDWICKBURY CHRISTMAS MARKET – FREE ENTRY
26th and 27th November 2022, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Childwickbury Estate, Harpenden Road (A1081), St. Albans AL3 6JU
Childwickbury open’s its gates for the 13th annual Christmas Market. The beautifully restored 19th century horse-stalls and tack rooms provide a unique setting for a wide variety of Christmas gifts including fine art, stained glass, jewellery, quilts, clothing, tableware, ceramics, food gifts and much more.
Freshly cooked food, drinks and mulled wine will be also available all weekend. Dogs on leads welcome and FREE parking.
BLACKS OF SOPWELL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WEEKEND
26th and 27th November 2022
The Tithe Barn, Cottonmill Lane, St Albans AL1 2HA
The lights will be twinkling, the Prosecco in full flow. Plus… 10% OFF across all the beautiful home accessories for the whole weekend.
HARPENDEN CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL
27th November 2022, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
High Street, Harpenden, England, AL5 2RU
The Carnival will feature all of the traditional features such as a Santa’s Grotto, food stalls, outdoor bars, the market, entertainment, the traditional procession and, the spectacular Christmas Lights Switch On at 5.00pm.
Our gorgeous Sydney will be performing with SW Dance at 1.00pm so see you there!
REDBOURN CHRISTMAS MARKET
27th November 2022, 11.00am – 5.00pm
High Street, Cumberland Gardens and the Village Hall, Redbourn
Shop local for Christmas, supporting local businesses and artists – all stall holders are linked below.
100+ stalls overflowing with delicious food, beautiful crafts and gift ideas. Seasonal music of carols by local talent.
THE MAGIC TREE AT JOHN LEWIS
Now until 21st December 2022
Bridge Rd, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6TP
Plant a magic bean that turns into your very own mini Christmas tree to decorate. Also, take home a wonderful LEGO® or LEGO DUPLO® gift and buy a photo taken with Santa.
THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT
From 5th November 2022, from 10.00am
Longleat Safari Park, Warminster BA12 7NW
Booking essential. A magical journey with all of the favourite characters from the Roald Dahl stories. Each lantern scene will bring key moments from the iconic books to life.
Spend a full day enjoying all that Longleat has to offer. This ticket also gives you access to the Safari Drive-through and the festive Main Square attractions.
Your ticket includes:
- Roald Dahl themed lanterns
- Winter Safari Drive-Through
- Festive themed attractions including the Enchanted Christmas Tree Show
- On-foot animal attractions including Koala Creek, Jungle Cruise and Family Farmyard
- Main Square adventure attractions including Adventure Castle, Rockin’ Rhino, Jungle Cruise and the Hedge Maze
CHRISTMAS AT THE BARN
NOW – 18th December 2022, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Thursday to Sunday only.
The Barn, Home Farm, Delaport Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8RQ
The Barn by Sarah Collins is a treasure trove of wonderful gifts, ceramics, food, furniture, fabulous clothes and lots more. It’s a friendly and relaxed place to shop for some beautiful Christmas goodies.
CHRISTMAS MARKET AT THE RIDING SCHOOL
5th November 2022, 10.30am – 4.00pm
Hatfield House, George’s Gate AL9 5HX
Christmas shopping – festive treats and gifts, delicious food and drink, in support of the Isabel Hospice.
Christmas decorations, cards & gifts, food stalls including award winning pies from Melton Mowbray pie maker, artisan cheeses and speciality waxed truckles plus famous delicatessen treats from Spain, Italy and many more European cities.
ST ALBANS CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOW
5th – 6th November 2022, from 10.00am
Oaklands College Christmas Gift Show
The huge sports hall will be full to the rafters with inspirational ideas and gifts for all your friends and family. Gifts, homewares, crafts, festive food & delicious drinks with over 150 stalls.
I went to this in 2021 and bought a couple of really lovely gifts.
RAINDROPS ON ROSES 10TH ANNIVERSARY
7th November 2022, 10.00am – 5.30pm
15 High St, St Albans AL3 4EH
To celebrate 10 years of the shop and the launch of Christmas shopping they are offering 10% off for the first 20 customers.
To date £200k has been donated by this special shop to a wide range of causes including cancer cell research, platinum therapy for ovarian cancer patients, GP education, software for the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and West Herts hospital.
THE LITTLE PEOPLE’S CHRISTMAS MARKET
12th November 2022, 10.00am – 3.00pm
Salvation Army Hall, Leyton Green, Harpenden, AL5 2TG
Village Pop-Up are hosting an early festive shopping event. Market Stalls, coffee van, family cafe, festive photo shoots and you can also creative your little one’s handprints onto ceramic baubles by Black Bear Ceramics.
SECOND’S BEST PRE LOVED SALE
12th November 2022, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Catherine St, St Albans AL3 5BU
Arrive to a glass of prosecco and a free tote bag if you book your ticket in advance.
A premium retail concept partnering with local sellers, where everyone can sell and shop pre-loved childrenswear with confidence.
By shopping preloved at a seconds sale, you’ll come across small businesses and new brands you’ve never heard of before. Not only that, but they’ll be considerably cheaper than buying direct.
THE ALBAN ARENA SHREK THE MUSICAL
15th – 19th November 2022
Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD
Hilarious and spectacular musical turns the world of fairytales upside down in a must-see production.
Join Shrek and his loyal steed Donkey as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, yet feisty, Princess Fiona from her tower.
COTTONMILL CHRISTMAS SHOPPING EVENT
17th November 2022, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Cottonmill Spa, Sopwell House, Cottonmill Lane St Albans AL1
Arrive to a glass of prosecco or a warming winter drink alongside some festive food, before browsing the ultimate in luxury beauty gifts from ELEMIS, iSClinical, Aromatherapy Associates, Jessica Nails and more, all at 15% off.
There will also be a whole host of offers, workshops, demonstrations, mini treatments, including the ELEMIS Skin Lab and gifts with purchases available on the day.
CHRISTMAS STYLE WORKSHOP – HOME
17th November 2022, 11.00am – 2.00pm
Megan’s at The Old Bell, 22 Chequer St, St Albans AL1 3YD
Find Your Christmas Style in the home, learn about different styles and get inspired. Work out what your Christmas style is! Learn how to style your home so it’s cohesive and beautiful for Christmas and share some drinks and nibbles.
19th November 2022, 9.00am – 1.00pm
King Harry Ln, St Albans AL3 4AW
A great Christmas Fayre at St Columbas College, including festive shopping and the infamous raffle – 1000 Bottle Stall.
ST MARY’S CHURCH CHRISTMAS FAIR
19th November 2022, 10.30am – 1.30pm
1 Sherwood Ave, St Albans AL4 9QA
A great Christmas shopping fair in Marshalswick. Crafts, cakes and a raffle.
ST ALBANS CHRISTMAS CRACKER
20th November 2022, 12.00pm – 6.00pm
St Albans City Centre, St Peter’s St, St Albans AL1 3DH
Kick off the festive season in St Albans! There’s plenty for the whole family, with fairground rides, music and entertainment, shopping, food and drink and of course the big lights switch on!
CHRISTMAS WREATH WORKSHOP
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 9th 10th December 2022 9.45am – 12.30pm or 1.45pm – 4.30pm
Spinney Cottage Flowers, Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5LJ
Create a beautiful Christmas door wreath using blue spruce, eucalyptus, berried ivy and other seasonal foliage. Then decorate your wreath with trimmings of dried fruits, hydrangeas, cinnamon sticks and other wintery decorations. No experience necessary!
• Coffee, home-made cakes / mince pies.
• All materials and step-by-step tuition provided.
£70 per person.