Christmas in St Albans

With 2,000 years of history within easy reach, St Albans is the perfect place for a festive shopping trip. St Peter’s Street is transformed for the festive season with trees wrapped in thousands of fairy lights providing a magical ambience to showcase some gorgeous shop window displays. Do look out for the special displays in shops participating in the daily advent calendar reveal.

Your Guide to Christmas in St Albans

This year's Christmas brochure gives information on music, entertainment and activities in St Albans City and District this Christmas, including Christmas Lights Switch On events, pantomimes and Christmas shows.

Christmas Lights Switch-on Events

Find out about all the switch-on events in the district on this page.

St Albans Christmas Market - Part of Meraki Christmas Festival

30th November to 22nd December 2018 For the first time this year, the St Albans Christmas Market is being hosted within Meraki Christmas Festival, so not only will you be able to shop for unique hand-made goods from picturesque wooden chalets, you’ll also be able to enjoy all the fun of a winter wonderland with rides, a spectacular virtual reality Santa’s grotto experience, Christmas movies, skating, an ice bar and much, much more. Visit for more information.

Extra City Centre Market dates this December

City Centre Charter market, French market and Farmers market. Christmas shoppers will have more opportunities to browse in the popular St Albans markets this year. St Albans City and District Council is holding more city-centre markets throughout December to make it easier for residents and visitors to do their Christmas shopping.

Christmas at St Albans Museums

Don't miss your last chance to see Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered - an exhibition on tour from the V&A Museum of Childhood including some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Find out about all the events at St Albans Cathedral over Christmas, including the Christingle Service, St Albans Bach Choir Christmas Carols, Carols on the Hour, and timings of Christmas services.

Pantomimes and Christmas Shows

There are plenty of pantos and family shows happening in St Albans and the district this seasonal period. Find out more here.