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...

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  • Julia Watts and Shane Donnelly

While we've only just reached September, 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?

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Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, open from 22/11/2018 to 06/01/2019

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


The Cardiff Christmas Market, open from 15/11/2018 to 23/12/2018

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


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 Christmas Market at the Market Place, open from 10/12/2018 to 16/12/2018
    Contact to avail of any spaces. Also contact if you would like to cater.
  • Cirencester Christmas Gift Market at the Market Place (dates TBC).
    Organised by Cotswold Markets. Contact to enquire.


Christkindelmarkt German Christmas market at Millenium Square, open from 09/11/2018 to 22/12/2018

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


Guildhall Square, open from 29/11/2018 to 22/12/2018

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


Liverpool Ice Festival at Pier Head, open from November 2018 (exact dates TBC)

For advertising and marketing enquiries, contact: For sponsorship, sampling, private hire and corporate enquiries, contact:

Click here for more details.


Chester Christmas Market in Chester Centre, open from 16/11/2018 to 22/12/2018

Click here to download an application form and email it to


York St Nicholas Fair (features Small Business Christmas Market) in Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodgin, open 17/11/2018 to 23/12/2018

Email to apply for the Small Business Christmas Market.


Open from 16/11/2018 to 02/01/2019

To apply to trade at Bournemouth christmas market, contact


  • East Princes Street market, open from 16/11/2018 to 05/01/2019
  • George Street market, open from 16/11/2018 to 24/12/2018

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


Belfast City Hall grounds and Donegall Square North, open from 18/11/2018 to 22/12/2018

Visit and join the trader's area.


  • Continental market at Grey’s Monument on Grey Street and Grainger Street (dates TBC)
    Visit 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


Harrogate Christmas Market, open from 15/11/2018 to 18/11/2018

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


White House Farm, open from 17/11/2018 to 18/11/2018

Contact for an application form to trade at Norwich Christmas market.


Armada Way, open from 29/11/2018 to 16/12/2018

If you are interested in trading at Plymouth's Christmas Market, email or call 01752 304213.


Fargate and Town Hall Square, open from 15/11/2018 to 2/12/2019

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


Dates TBC

Contact to trade at Coventry Christmas market.


Cancelled for 2018 due to asbestos discovery 


Shopping Quarter, from 09/11/2018 to 23/12/2018



Waddesdon Manor, from 10/11/2018 to 16/12/2018

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

Julia Watts and Shane Donnelly
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