Information for visitors

After 1,000 years of vibrant street markets, St Albans now has a Christmas Market to add to its festive offering. The event takes place in and around the beautiful, walled Vintry Garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.

This year's Christmas Market – the fifth such event, run by St Albans City and District Council - runs from Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December.

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Around 40 wooden chalets will sell a wide range of festive gifts, stocking fillers and decorations as well as arts and crafts. The stalls include a "street" chalets with wares from designer-makers, open from each Thursday to Sunday. See who's trading at the 2017 St Albans Christmas market.

Entertainment, twinkly lights and plenty of Christmas cheer will add to the festive atmosphere. At the heart of the market will be the Tinseltown Tipi with music, activities and workshops, and a food court where people can take a break from shopping.

Don't miss Carols on the Hour, every hour, on the hour from 11am to 4pm on 16th December 2017 at St Albans Cathedral.

The pretty Cathedral quarter sits right at the centre of a triangle of St Albans 'oldest' treasures: the only working Medieval Clock Tower; the oldest Public School in the country; and the oldest pub in the UK, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, just at the foot of the Abbey Orchard, a stone's throw from the Cathedral. 

It's easy to get here too. We're just 22 minutes from London St Pancras, a short hop off the M1 and M25 motorways, within easy reach of London Luton and Heathrow airports.

Come and visit St Albans this festive season, and rediscover Christmas.

The Christmas Market will be open Mon-Wed and Fridays 11am – 6pm; Thurs 11am – 8pm; Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm.

Dates and opening times

Christmas Market dates:
Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December.

Opening times:
Mon-Wed and Fridays 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 8pm
Sat & Sun 10am – 6pm

FREE ENTRY and no ticket required to enter the market.


Traders

Although some of our traders are at the market for all 29 days, some are there for as little as 2 days so it's worth coming back again and again! The list of traders below shows trading dates to help you plan your visit.

Entertainment and activities

At the heart of the market will be a live entertainment venue surrounded by a food court where people can take a break from shopping.

The food court will sell many seasonal favourites including hot chocolate, mulled wine, Bratwurst sausages and craft beer as well as other treats.

A line-up of local acts will perform in the Tinseltown Tipi – a beautiful, festive space lit with twinkling fairy lights. It will be the venue for musicians, dance troupes, magicians, fire eaters and other circus performers. There will also be some surprise DJs and creative workshops for all ages to enjoy.

Santa’s Grotto will be open every day apart from Mondays and there will also be a giant snow globe where people can have a family photograph taken.

See our Entertainment and activities page for more details!


Getting to the market

Travel
Help reduce congestion by travelling sustainably. Find out about all the ways of travelling to St Albans here.

It's easy to get to St Albans. We're just 22 minutes from London St Pancras, a short hop off the M1 and M25 motorways, within easy reach of London Luton and Heathrow airports. See our Travel and Maps section for details.

There are various City Centre car parks within a 10 minute walk of the Christmas Market. These are likely to be very busy during the festive shopping period.
- Drover's Way/Russell Avenue
- Civic Centre car park on Bricket Road
- The Maltings
- Christopher Place

Location
Access to the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden is on foot via Waxhouse Gate off High Street, or off Sumpter Yard off Holywell Hill. See our City Centre map.

St Albans Visitor Guide 2017 city centre map Christmas Market



The Nutcracker Trail

Nutcracker trail 300pxFifteen giant nutcracker soldiers and their King will be positioned at key locations around St Albans and surrounding villages as part of the St Albans Nutcracker Trail, organised by St Albans Business Improvement District.

Look out for the St Albans Nutcracker Trail booklets in the town from the 18th November and pick up a copy to take part. Wander around the city and nearby villages to find the 15 Nutcracker Soldiers and king marked on the map within the booklet. As you find each one write his name down on the Trail Sheet. Once you’ve found all the names, fill in your details and post the Trail Sheet into the St Albans Nutcracker Trail post box located by the Christmas Market in Vintry Garden.

The Trail will run from the 25th November to the 4th January.

One winner will be drawn out and will win an iPad Mini. For more details, see: www.stalbansbid.com


Accommodation

The Where to Stay section of this website gives details of all the hotels, historic inns and guest houses around St Albans along with photos and ratings.


Visitor Information Centre

Located in the foyer of the Alban Arena, our Visitor Information Centre can help you find a place to stay and recommend some must-see sights for you to enjoy while you're in St Albans.

Telephone us: +44 (0)1727 864511

Write to us:
St Albans Visitor Information Centre
Alban Arena
Civic Close
St Albans
AL1 3LD

Email us: tic@stalbans.gov.uk


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