The Christmas market season is in full swing – and with two weeks until the big day it’s time to start getting in the last of the shopping, luckily there are plenty of markets filled with festive gift ideas for all ages.
Most of Cornwall’s Christmas markets sadly had to be cancelled last year due to the pandemic – so it’s great to see both independent businesses thrive and shoppers enjoying themselves.
There are still a few markets you can visit across the South West this year with a huge array of unique and interesting stalls to pick up something before the big day creeps around.
Whether you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, a tasty present for yourself or a last-minute tree decoration, there’s something for everyone.
BIG Christmas Market, Truro
Where: Lemon Quay, Truro
When: Wednesday, November 24 – Sunday, December 19 (on Wednesdays to Sunday) and Monday, December 20 to Friday, December 24 (daily)
Foodies will be greeted with an array of tempting stalls, whilst drinks aficionados can expect a huge swathe of locally made craft beer, small-batch cider, award-winning wine and artisan spirits from Cornwall’s finest producers.
Additionally, a treasure-trove of art and craft stalls will feature everything from vintage homewares to willow weaving, handmade soaps to eye-catching jewellery – perfect for picking up unique gifts.
The Enchanted Christmas Market, Royal Cornwall Showground
Where: Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge PL27 7JE
When: Thursday, December 16 – Sunday, December 19
Back for another year, tickets are on sale now for this wonderful market in Wadebridge.
Set to have over 100 traders , food and drink stands plus a wonderful food court with bars this is definitely one of the bigger events in Cornwall.
An audience with Santa is planned this year on stage making for a more fun and relaxed way for children to meet Santa as he shares a story with everyone. At the end of each showing there is a photo opportunity too.
Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, Penzance
Where: Newlyn Art Gallery and The Exchange, New Road, Newlyn, Penzance
When: Friday, December 17 – Saturday, December 18
Spread across two days and two venues, this market is promising handcrafted goods from local makers, delicious foods, mulled wine and music. The perfect opportunity to pick up those last-minute gifts, foodie treats and get into the festive mood.
Plastic Free Penzance will also be joining the celebrations, offering a free gift wrapping station for all your sustainable gift wrap needs.
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Plymouth Christmas Market, Plymouth
Where: The Piazza, Plymouth PL1 1HH
When: Thursday, December 2 – Sunday, December 19
Just across the Tamar, situated in the heart of Plymouth City Centre, the Christmas market is located in the Piazza, a wide-open space perfect for some safe outdoor shopping this winter.
With an open air festive bar, food and drink, plenty of artisan gift stalls and live music and entertainment, it’s the perfect place to pick up some Christmas gifts and get into the Christmas spirit.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market 2021, Exeter
Where: 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
When: Thursday, November 18 – Saturday, December 18
If you want to travel a little further afield, there’s plenty on offer in Exeter.
Entrance to the Cathedral is also free of charge during the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, so why not make a day (or even a weekend) of it?
This market is boasting a treasure trove of goodies for foodies, homebodies, jewellery-lovers, gardeners, and more, plus local crafts, gifts, decorations and wrappings galore.
There’s also masses of delicious choices for a bite to eat, whether you’re looking for a quick cup of something hot, a sweet treat, or a three-course feast fit for a king.
The Elf Express, from Exmouth Miniature Railway will also be in operation, with no pre-booking required it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained whilst you shop.
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