Mooching around a Christmas market, wrapped up in a scarf with a hot chocolate in hand, admiring the various trinkets and treasures being sold on the array of different stalls, is one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas day. We can already hear the jingle bells and smell the mulled wine! If you’re looking for a Christmas market taking place in Essex, then look no further…

Epping Christmas Market

The annual Christmas market is back on Epping High Street this year! Taking place on Saturday 2nd December from 10am to 4pm, visitors can expect around 60 stalls to browse selling various crafts, gifts, food and drink, as well as some amazing live entertainment. That's not all - Santa will be in his grotto at Epping Fire Station on the same day of the market, and Epping Library will be hosting a visit from therapy dogs with a storytime and some fun arts and crafts!

Ingatestone Christmas Market

This Essex Christmas market taking place in Ingatestone, along their high street, will be on the 10th of December from 12pm till 6pm, with many stalls and vendors to browse! 

Saffron Walden Christmas Fayre

The Saffron Walden Christmas Fayre in the Square will be taking place on the 19th of November from 10am till 4pm to help kickstart your festive season! Get your gift shopping done and dusted and enjoy a wide range of stalls. 

People gathered around a Christmas market stall in Saffron Walden, Essex

Saffron Walden Museum Ambitious Women in


The amazing Ambitious Women in Essex group have joined forces with Uttlesford District Council to bring you an exciting Christmas Market hosted at the Saffron Walden Museum on the 28th of November, from 11am till 1pm. Enjoy refreshments, shop for unique items and gifts, and take part in fun activities! 

Essex Festive Gift & Food Show at Brentwood Centre

One of the biggest and best Christmas shopping fairs is back for 2023 at Brentwood Centre on the 4th and 5th of November! Enjoy a festive weekend packed with delicious food and drink, as well as the perfect Christmas gifts for your friends and family. 

Princes Theatre Christmas Market

This popular theatre in Clacton-on-Sea is opening its doors on the 18th and 19th of November from 10am till 3pm to host Clacton’s largest Christmas market. Indulge yourself in 2 days of festive shopping to get yourself into the holiday spirit, and get that Christmas shopping out of the way! There will be more than 80 traders with their products on display for you to browse. 

Clacton Leisure Centre Christmas Market

If you can’t make the Christmas market taking place at the Princes Theatre, then don’t fret! Clacton Leisure Centre will be hosting another 2-day Christmas market on the 2nd and 3rd of December from 10am till 3pm. With 100 wonderful festive stalls both inside and outside, this Essex Christmas market is not one to miss! 

Maldon Christmas Fayre & Street Market

On the 30th of November from 4-9pm, Maldon Town Council will be hosting their annual Christmas shopping and light switch on event along the charming High Street. You can expect to enjoy a wonderful winter evening of live entertainment and late night shopping, with over 100 stalls lining the street offering festive craft products, food, and drink. 

Mince pies

Pets’ Corner Christmas Market

If you’re looking for a Christmas market in Harlow, then tag along to the Christmas market at Pets’ Corner on the 25th of November where you will surely feel the Christmas magic in the air! Browse stalls with homemade gifts, tasty treats, and much more.

St. Osyth Christmas Bazaar

Pay a visit to Santa in his grotto, indulge in festive food and drink, and shop an array of stalls selling unique gifts at the St. Osyth Christmas Bazaar on the 4th of November, 11am till 2pm. 

Christmas Gift & Food Fair at Chelmsford City Racecourse

Showcasing over 100 small businesses from Essex and Suffolk, this is one of the biggest Christmas shopping events in Essex. Enjoy an exciting variety of unique gifts, decorations, crafts, as well as food and drink, to help kickstart your Christmas countdown. Taking place on the 26th of November from 10am till 4pm.

Colchester Christmas Market

The city of Colchester will be pedestrianizing their high street on the 26th of November and 10th of December for their annual Christmas market. Travel down to the city centre to enjoy live music, street performers, funfair rides, mulled wine, delicious food, and of course great gifts to buy! 

Essex Christmas markets are perfect for getting yourself in the holiday spirit in the lead up to Christmas, and a great way to spend time with your loved ones. You’re guaranteed to get your Christmas gift shopping list ticked off, so that you can enjoy the Christmas countdown with no stress! For more about what’s on in Essex this Christmas, click here.




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