You can apply to be a market trader at these UK Christmas markets

With Christmas fast approaching, it's not too late to book a stall for your retail business at one of the country's best festive markets...

While we’ve still got just under two weeks to go until Halloween, here at Startups we think its apt time to start scaring you – by mentioning the ‘C’ word…Christmas.

Yes, while most department stores have already jumped the gun and decked their stores with festive stock, most of the UK’s Christmas markets won’t be open to the public for another month or so – giving retail start-ups and seasonal sellers added time to get sorted.

Proof that Christmas consumers are anything but kranks, research from the Centre for Retail Research shows that last year’s Yuletide spend hit nearly £78bn; a sure sign that its more than just the thought that counts.

A time for both seasoned and seasonal entrepreneurs to make some serious cash, Christmas markets will often have a diverse range of traders and stalls, meaning its something almost any business can consider – provided they offer a festive twist.

While small business owners will certainly be tempted to set up a pop-up or food truck in their local Christmas market, for many arts and crafts enthusiasts, Christmas markets also represent a chance for repeated footfall and expose – not to mention unprecedented sales.

As there’s no time like the present, we’ve compiled a list of some of the UK’s best festive markets that are still accepting applications from traders, so why not apply to be a market trader?

You may also like: How to start a market stall business

London

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, open from 17/11/2017 to 01/01/2018

To apply to be a market trader at Hype Park, download the application form here.

Cardiff

The Cardiff Christmas Market, open from 09/11/2017  to 23/12/2017

Click here to download your application form to have a stall at the market.

Glasgow

St Enoch Square and George’s Square Markets (dates TBC)

The market is run by Market Place Europe; click here and join the ‘Trader’s Area’ to apply to become a market trader.

Cirencester

  • Cirencester Sparkles Advent Market at the Market Place, open on 02/12/2017
    All trading spaces filled, but you can contact markets@cirencester.gov.uk who will advise if any spaces become available. Also contact if you would like to cater.
  • Cirencester Christmas Market at the Market Place, open from 16/12/2017 to 17/12/2017
    All trading spaces filled, but contact markets@cirencester.gov.uk who will advise if any spaces become available. Also contact if you would like to cater.
  • Cirencester Christmas Gift Market at the Market Place, open from 11/12/2017 to 15/12/2017
    Organised by Cotswold Markets. Contact trade.cotswoldmarkets@gmail.com to enquire.

Leeds

Christkindelmarkt German Christmas market at Millenium Square, open from 10/11/2017 to 17/12/2017

To apply for a stall at the Christkindelmarkt German Christmas market, click here and enter your details.

Salisbury

Guildhall Square, open from 23/11/2017 to 22/12/2017

To trade at the Guildhall Square market, download an application form from here.

Liverpool

Liverpool Ice Festival at Pier Head, open from 17/11/2017 to 07/01/2018

For advertising and marketing enquiries, contact: MNicholson@arena-ice.com For sponsorship, sampling, private hire and corporate enquiries, contact: hello@icefestivalliverpool.co.uk

Click here for more details.

Chester

Chester Christmas Market in Chester Centre, open from 16/11/2017 to 20/12/2017

Click here to download an application form and email it to christmasmarket@marketingcheshire.co.uk.

York

York St Nicholas Fair (features Small Business Christmas Market) in Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodgin

Email chris.bush@makeityork.com to apply for the Small Business Christmas Market.

Bournemouth

Open from 14/11/2017 to 04/01/2018

To apply to trade at Bournemouth christmas market, contact traders@christmasinbournemouth.co.uk.

Candles and crafts on a table

Edinburgh

  • East Princes Street market, open from 18/11/2017 to 06/01/2018
  • George Street market, open from 17/11/2017 to 24/12/2017

To take part in either market, click here and download the application form.

Belfast

Belfast City Hall grounds and Donegall Square North, open from 18/11/2017 to 23/12/2017

Visit www.marketplaceeurope.co.uk and join the trader’s area.

Newcastle

  • Continental market at Grey’s Monument on Grey Street and Grainger Street, open from 17/11/2017 to 10/12/2017
    Visit www.marketplaceeurope.co.uk and join the trader’s area.
  • Christmas arts and crafts market at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street, Grainger Street and Old Eldon Square
    To trade at the arts and crafts fair, call 0191 211 5512 or email markets@newcastle.gov.uk.

Harrogate

Harrogate Christmas Market, open from 16/11/2017 to 19/11/2017

Click here to download an application form to trade at Harrogate market.

Norwich

White House Farm, open from 18/11/2017 to 19/11/2017

Contact charlotte@norwich-pyo.co.uk for an application form to trade at Norwich Christmas market.

Plymouth

Armada Way, open from 30/11/2017 to 21/12/2017

Fill out a registration of interest form and a member of the market team will be in touch to invite you to complete a full application.

Sheffield

Fargate and Town Hall Square, open from 15/11/2017 to 24/12/2017

The cabins are let for a minimum of one week. Wannabe traders should contact Julie Wison via email on just.jules@gmail.com.

Coventry

From 24/11/2017 to 26/11/2017 and 15/12/2017 to 17/12/2017

Contact traders@footfall-events.co.uk to trade at Coventry Christmas market.

Leicester

23/11/2017 to 23/12/2017 

Traders interesting in taking a stall for the 31-day tenure are invited to email carey@fu-media.co.uk.

Bristol

Shopping Quarter, from 10/11/2017 to 24/12/2017

Email info@xmas-markets.com.

Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor, from 15/11/2017 to 10/12/2017

For more information on being a market trader at Waddesdon Manor, click here.

For more advice on marketing your business over the Christmas season, view the following guides: