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Christmas markets in Derbyshire and the Peak District

19:00 08 November 2015

Matlock’s Victorian Christmas Market Photo: www.jonathanchristianphotography.co.uk

Matlock’s Victorian Christmas Market Photo: www.jonathanchristianphotography.co.uk

copyright © 2013 Jonathan Christian Photography

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to soak up the magic than at a local Christmas market?

7th-8th November
Peak Village Christmas Market
If you like to purchase your presents early, a relaxed shopping experience awaits at Peak Village in Rowsley. The Village’s Christmas market and lights switch-on event will combine a host of stalls selling handcrafted gifts such as arts and ceramics, street food, and real ales plus live entertainment for all ages.
Peak Shopping Village, Rowsley DE4 2JE, peakshoppingvillage.com

14th-15th November
Haddon Hall Winter Artisan Market
Visitors can browse some of the best produce, gifts and crafts from around the region at stalls located within the atmospheric rooms and courtyards of Haddon Hall – surely one of the most magical locations for a winter market. Held in support of Lord and Lady Edward Manners’ charity RABI – the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute – the market will showcase products made by artisan producers including ceramics and glassware, award-winning Derbyshire wines and cheeses, chocolates, paintings, illustrations and jewellery.
Haddon Hall, Bakewell DE45 1LA, www.haddonhall.co.uk

12th-29th November
Chatsworth Christmas Market
Seasonal entertainment from brass bands and string quartets will set the scene on the slope leading up to the Stables at Chatsworth House, whilst visitors browse over 100 stalls selling handmade crafts, home accessories, jewellery, food and clothes. If all that shopping leaves you with an appetite, you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine, cider or German beer or sample gourmet burgers, hotdogs, pancakes, churros, fudge and chocolate.
Chatsworth House, Bakewell DE45 1PP, www.chatsworth.org

20th November
Buxton Grand Christmas Bazaar
An ideal opportunity for the whole family to get into the Christmas spirit, this lively event in the Pavilion Gardens coincides with the town’s Christmas lights switch-on event. Listen to a variety of community groups perform Christmas songs, stroll down the promenade with a cup of hot mulled wine and warm mince pies, or step inside to view a wide range of Christmas gifts ranging from toys, decorations and stationary to clothing and accessories for the home and garden.
Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE, www.paviliongardens.co.uk

22nd November
Chesterfield Christmas Market
Festive entertainment including a stage show from 3.30pm, guest appearances from this year’s pantomime cast and an all-day, open-air market will combine to create a joyful atmosphere at this year’s Christmas market and lights switch-on event. Providing a welcome respite from the cold, the newly-renovated indoor Market Hall will also be open.
Market Place and New Square, Chesterfield S40 1AH, www.chesterfield.gov.uk

27th November-23rd December
Derby Christmas Arts & Craft Fair
Derby Market Place will be transformed into a winter wonderland with a range of unique gift and craft stalls in the lead up to Christmas. Purchase handmade creations – from clothes and decorative items to country preserves – all crafted by independent artisans.
Derby Market Place DE1 3AH,  www.derbylive.co.uk

28th-29th November
Bakewell Christmas Market
This ‘quintessentially English Christmas market’ includes traders from the town’s popular Monday market, alongside stalls selling a delicious choice of speciality festive foods and wines from the Peak District. Discover inspirational gift ideas at the craft and gift fair in the Medway and Brigade Halls, or browse the arts and crafts market in the Town Hall, where work from local designers and makers will be on display. Entertainment including street theatre, live music from Bakewell Silver Band and seasonal songs from St Anselm’s School Choir will help visitors get into the festive spirit and a highlight on Sunday will be a visit from Santa’s reindeers.
Market Street, Bakewell DE45 1DS

28th-29th November   
Kedleston Hall Christmas Fair
The spectacular neo-classical mansion, designed by Robert Adam, provides an attractive backdrop for this festive event, organised by Jaguar Fairs. Held in the magnificent Caesar’s Hall and the outside stables, the fair provides the perfect opportunity for some early present-buying at stalls selling handmade trinkets and accessories, crafts, jewellery and fine food and drink.
Kedleston Hall (National Trust), nr Quarndon, Derby DE22 5JH, www.derbyshirefoodanddrinkfair.co.uk

4th-6th December
Matlock Victorian Christmas Market
Now in its 21st year, the town’s themed Christmas market in Hall Leys Park is a highlight for many and combines over 150 stalls located in two marquees. Street entertainment includes live music, street performers, children’s entertainment and Santa’s Grotto. On Saturday at 4.15pm there will be a parade through the town followed by a celebrity light switch-on. The event closes with a spectacular firework finale on Sunday evening.
Hall Leys Park, Matlock DE4 3AR, www.matlock.gov.uk

5th-6th December
Buxton Christmas Wonderland
Ideal for little ones, the spa town’s Christmas Wonderland is the perfect place to ignite your festive cheer. The Octagon in the Pavilion Gardens will be filled with stalls that offer unique and thoughtful gifts and during the event, held from 10am-5pm, Santa Claus himself will be paying a visit.
Pavilion Gardens, St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE, www.paviliongardens.co.uk

6th December
Belper Christmas Food & Real Ale festival
Indulgent food for Christmas time is a must and you’ll find everything needed to create the ultimate seasonal spread at this popular open-air market in the town centre. Feast your taste buds on fresh food and purchase meat, cheese, cake, preserves and real ale from local producers.
King Street, Belper DE56 1QA

11th December
Swadlincote Christmas Market
The town’s weekly outdoor markets are renowned in the south of the county and this event, held in the town centre, combines traditional and farmers’ market stalls with festive stands, children’s fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto and carol singing.
The Delph,  Market Square, Swadlincote DE11 0AG

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