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

The nights are drawing in, Mariah Carey is blaring out of the speakers, and shopping season is well and truly upon us. But, this year, outdoor Christmas markets have an added relevance.

That's right, the other C-word that isn't Christmas – Covid. With the coronavirus ruining festive plans up and down the country in 2020, consumers are ready for the return of some holiday spirit in 2021, and outdoor markets are more on-trend than ever, with their added safety element.

Christmas is a time for both seasoned and seasonal entrepreneurs to make some serious cash, and 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.

In this guide, we've compiled a list of some of the best Christmas markets in the UK that you can apply to be a trader at.

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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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London

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

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


Cardiff

The Cardiff Christmas Market

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 Christmas Market at the Market Place
    Contact markets@cirencester.gov.uk 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 trade.cotswoldmarkets@gmail.com to enquire.

Leeds

Christkindelmarkt German Christmas market at Millennium Square

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


Salisbury

Guildhall Square

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


Liverpool

Liverpool Ice Festival at Pier Head

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

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

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


Edinburgh

  • East Princes Street market
  • George Street market

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


Belfast

Belfast City Hall grounds and Donegall Square North

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


Newcastle

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

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


Norwich

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


Plymouth

Armada Way

If you are interested in trading at Plymouth's Christmas Market, email christmasmarket@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 304213.


Sheffield

Fargate and Town Hall Square

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


Coventry

Dates TBC

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


Leicester

 


Bristol

Shopping Quarter

Email info@xmas-markets.com.


Buckinghamshire

Waddesdon Manor

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


Julia Watts and Shane Donnelly
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