Christmas 2021: All the best Christmas markets you can visit in Hertfordshire this year

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The holidays are well and truly underway, with some eager beavers already putting up their festive decorations.

A huge tradition at this time of year is to visit Christmas markets, many of which were canceled last year due to Covid.

Cities throughout the county, however, will be hosting events this year, and we’ve put together a list of all the major ones so you don’t miss anything.

Have you found another Christmas market that you should visit is not mentioned below? Tell us in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

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Bishop’s Stortford

The annual Christmas celebration takes place in Bishop’s Stortford on December 4 from 6 p.m. 9.30 to 16.30.

It will happen in North Street, Market Square, Potter Street and South Street, all of which will be pedestrians.

There will be over 100 stalls, which supplement the regular traders from the Thursday and Saturday market, as well as the monthly Farmers’ and Crafts Market.

You will be able to explore an exciting selection of unique handmade gift shops, sale of jewelry, candles, health and beauty products and much more.

There are also delicious locally made jams, chutneys, cakes and fudges as well as festive food and drink.

More information can be found here.


The 2021 shopping and Christmas market event will be held in Buntingford on Friday 26 November.

It combines the annual Lights of Love ceremony and Late Night Shopping evening, and this year the official candle will also be lit.

The evening usually starts on the grounds of The Manor House with the lighting of the Lights of Love Tree in favor of Isabel Hospice. Traditional Christmas songs are sung in this special ceremony.

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The Hertford Castle Christmas Market takes place from 26-28. November (Friday 15-20, Saturday / Sunday 11-19)

For the first time ever in the Hertford Castle area, the market will see a number of festive Christmas stalls offering a variety of things.

The castle is one of Hertfordshire’s hidden gems and is stunning at any time of the year and this market is one you will not want to miss.

More information can be found here.


Hitchin will host its annual two-week Christmas market on Wednesday, December 8th.

The event will be free to attend and boasts a number of Christmas market cabins.

It starts at 11 am and ends at 7 pm.

The offer includes home furnishings, crafts, street food and more.

This will mean that customers can shop locally this Christmas and support the city center.

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St Albans

A nutcracker at a snow-covered St Albans Cathedral
A nutcracker at a snow-covered St Albans Cathedral

Thousands of people are expected to attend the long-awaited St Albans Christmas Cracker event this year.

The event takes place in the city center from 12:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 21 November.

Based on Petersgaden, the road will be closed to traffic for safety reasons and to allow for a safe and efficient atmosphere with Covid-19 measures in place.

There will be a variety of attractions, including Santa’s Cave, market stalls, a fun fair and street performances.

Most of the entertainment will be free and suitable for people of all ages, but unlike previous events, there will be no traditional Christmas lights lit as a Covid-19 security measure.

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Stevenage Christmas Market takes place on November 28 between kl. 11.00 and 16.00.

The market is considered to be one of the best in the county and there will be a wealth of festive things that will tempt you and keep you entertained.

From personal decoration, candles, a candy store, a cake shop, face painting for the kids, refreshments, handmade jewelry, wax melts, chocolate bouquets, a raffle for the kids to win some treats and much more.


Watford Market opens late for Christmas.
Watford Market opens late for Christmas.

Watford Market will be filled with the sound of Christmas carols, shoppers offering handmade gifts, colorful decorations with stalls and the scent of mulled wine and cinnamon on December 3rd.

The market will host a wide range of retailers selling everything needed for a fabulous Christmas treat of an event, from gifts and sweets to the special Christmas food.

There will be plenty of choices from waffles, gingerbread, mulled wine and craft beers to the market’s popular food stalls rattling delicacies, including Caribbean, Asian and Korean street food.

Visitors will be able to warm up food and drink along with live entertainment from 5.30pm to 10pm.

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Local musicians Lizzy Hardingham, Cian Darra and Alexander Williams perform throughout the event.

The elected mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “We are really looking forward to seeing people enjoy the festive cheers of the market at our first Christmas market ever! For many companies, Christmas is their busiest time, so it is really important that we support them so much, we can.

“This event provides a great opportunity for people of all ages to enjoy the festive atmosphere, pick up some unique Christmas presents and enjoy a mince and mulled wine, while supporting local businesses and shoppers who make these events possible. Shopping locally means that money is kept in the local economy – supports jobs and local families. ”

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