10 of the best Christmas markets to visit in Derbyshire

Enjoy the magic of Derbyshire's Christmas markets

Enjoy the magic of Derbyshire's Christmas markets - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Nothing quite focuses the Christmas spirit and gets the festive juices flowing like a local Christmas market. 

And in Derbyshire, we do Christmas markets as well as anywhere else around. 

An eagerly anticipated annual diary date, many have had to wait patiently for the chance to visit these unique Derbyshire events for two years, following the Covid-related restrictions of 2019. 

Get into the festive spirit across the county

Get into the festive spirit across the county - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

However, 2021 will see Derbyshire’s proud and beautiful Christmas markets back with a blast and, despite it only being October, it’s never too early to plan those precious festive days out with friends and family. 

It’s also a great opportunity to support our amazing local businesses – many of whom have had a tough time in recent years – as well as giving a boost to the local economy. 

Here are some fantastic Christmas markets that are due to take place across Derbyshire this winter. 

Chatsworth's 2019 Christmas market - a magical place

Chatsworth's 2019 Christmas market - a magical place - Credit: Nathan Fearn

Chatsworth Christmas Market 
When:
November 6 – 24  
Cost: Free (car parking fees apply) 
What better way – or place – to kick-start the festive season than majestic Chatsworth?
Enjoy the unique festive market atmosphere of one of the county’s best-loved country houses and browse over 100 stalls – a perfect family day out.  
Details: www.chatsworth.org/events/christmas-market 

Mercatum Christmas Artisan Market 
When:
November 18 - 21, 25 - 28 
Cost: £7.50 on the door, u15s free 
Local artisans will be selling a range of quality items for the home and garden, seasonal food and drink, and arts and crafts in the atmospheric surroundings of Haddon Hall - a magical and romantic location for a winter market.   
Details: www.haddonhall.co.uk/events/event/mercatum-winter-artisan-market

Bakewell's Christmas lights

Bakewell's Christmas lights - Credit: Gary Wallis

Bakewell Christmas Market 
When:
November 20 - 21  
Cost: Free  
Held in the heart of beautiful Bakewell, this iconic market is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year – and for good reason.
Stroll round the stunning streets, sample great local produce, bag yourself some early Christmas presents and let the children run of steam on the various rides. 
Details: www.whatsonbakewell.co.uk/regular-events/bakewell-christmas-market-weekend 

Denby Pottery Christmas Market 
When:
November 26 - 28, December 3 - 5
Cost: Free Entry and Parking 
Local artisans will be selling a range of quality items for the home and garden, seasonal food and drink, and arts and crafts in the atmospheric surroundings of Haddon Hall - a magical and romantic location for a winter market.   
Details: www.denbypottery.com/denby-pottery-village-christmas-events 

Fabulous Places Christmas Market 
When:
November 27 - 28 
Cost: £4-£5
Over 60 hand-selected stallholders will be selling their wares at Alrewas Hayes in Burton on Trent - ranging from home-made food, jewellery and gifts to accessories for the home and garden.
Details: derbyshirechristmasmarket.co.uk 

Derby Christmas Market 
When:
November 27 - 28 
Cost: £2 on the door, u10s free 
Feel the buzz of the festive season in Derbyshire’s city. With so much to see and do across Derby’s expansive city centre allow yourself to take in the numerous activities, attractions and stalls amongst the bright, twinkling Christmas lights. 
Details: www.visitderby.co.uk/whats-on/festive-derby 

Matlock's Victorian Christmas market will take place in Hall Leys Park

Matlock's Victorian Christmas market will take place in Hall Leys Park - Credit: Gary Wallis

Pavilion Gardens Dickensian Indoor Christmas Market
When:
November 27
Cost: TBC
The Weekend Bazaar and Pavilion Gardens Christmas Lights Switch-On takes place on the weekend of 20th and 21st November and on the following Saturday, Dickensian Indoor Christmas Market returns to the Octagon Hall.
Details: www.parkwoodoutdoors.co.uk/centre/the-pavilion-gardens/events

Matlock Victorian Christmas Market 
When:
December 3 - 5 
Cost: Free  
Taking place in lovely Hall Leys Park in the centre of the town, Matlock’s famous Victorian Market brings all the delights, local businesses and variety of stores you would expect from a popular Christmas market. Add in the strong and endearing sense of traditional Victorian nostalgia, and visitors are in for a fabulous time.
Details: www.visitpeakdistrict.com/whats-on/matlock-victorian-christmas-market-2019-p766871 

Christmas in Chesterfield

Christmas in Chesterfield - Credit: Gary Wallis

Chesterfield Christmas Market
When:
December 10 - 24 
Cost: Free 
Nowhere quite does markets like Derbyshire’s largest town, where stalls have been present on the cobbled streets of Chesterfield for hundreds of years.
Famed for fantastic local food and drink, as well as crafts, explore the huge variety of offerings with a trip to both the outdoor market and famed Market Hall.
Details: www.chesterfield.co.uk/christmas/chesterfield-market-at-christmas

Peak Shopping Village Makers Market 
When:
December 19
Cost: Free
Get some last minute Christmas shopping at this festive market with stalls which showcase everything from handmade food to jewellery, all made in Derbyshire and the surrounding areas. 
Details: www.peakvillage.co.uk/events

Wherever you decide to spend your time across beautiful Derbyshire this Christmas, have a great time and enjoy the amazing community spirit that this time of year has to offer. 

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*It is worth checking any Covid restrictions prior to attending any of the above