Christmas Market

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Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.

View the Exhibitor List and Christmas Market Map


About the Christmas Market

Our Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All our exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products many of which can’t be bought on the high street.

The 2015 Christmas Market will be running from Thu 19 Nov to Tue 22 Dec. Open every day, 10am-6pm from Sun-Wed and 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat. Many of our exhibitors will be attending for the full duration but some will only be here for the first half with new exhibitors filling the chalets for the second half.

Food and drink

There’s plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink at the Christmas Market. You’ll find chalets selling festive favourites such as, mulled wine, bratwurst, mince pies and stollen. Alternatively, our Cathedral Refectory and ice rink café provide a warm and comfortable setting with plenty of seating and great menus.

British crafts

We invite many British craftspeople to take part in the Christmas Market. If you’re looking for that special something make sure you visit the jewellers, painters, glass makers and textile artists selling unique gifts and decorations.

Access and facilities

The Christmas Market is situated in the Cathedral Inner and Outer Close. Although there is wheelchair access throughout the site, we cannot provide access to all of our chalets. We have a team of stewards on duty at all times who are happy to provide assistance if requested.

Disabled toilets and baby changing facilities are available in the Cathedral Visitors’ Centre

Groups Welcome

We welcome coach parties and groups from all over the UK and overseas. Although there is no charge to enter the Christmas Market we do ask that all groups contact us in advance to help us ensure the best possible experience for all visitors. We offer a meet and greet service for coaches and provide information about coach parking, catering and visiting the Cathedral.

To make the most of your visit, we encourage you to take time to see inside the Cathedral. Recognising that time is of the essence we have developed a ‘highlights’ tour that takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Group admission rates apply.

For all group bookings please contact our Visitor Services Team on 01962 857 225 or email

Exhibitor information

Application for the 2015 Christmas Market is now closed.

Contact our Christmas Market team by emailing

Find out more

View our Christmas gallery
Experience the Christmas Market and ice rink through a selection of Christmas images

Christmas parties and corporate events
We offer a range of venues for Christmas parties and events