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As your Christmas shopping list grows and the pressure builds, Nottinghamshire is gearing up to offer you lots of gift ideas and shopping solutions. From local produce, novelty decorations and traditional treats, there are also plenty of FREE markets and craft fairs planned to help you organise the perfect Christmas as well as FREE parking for late night shoppers in the city centre.
Notts will be transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, music, pantomimes, markets and fairs; now all we need is the snow!
Christmas market highlights
For festive shoppers and serious collectors alike, the excellent Christmas Art and Food Market at the Harley Gallery on 22 - 24 November is a not to be missed event. Rufford Christmas Market at Rufford Abbey takes place on various dates through November and is a perfect place to purchase a special gift for someone special. Whilst here, get involved in the array of Christmas activities such as a Christmas-themed trail around the park.
You might also want to look out for:
- The Riverbank Christmas Market at Riverbank Bar & Kitchen on Sunday 8 December will be a pitcturesque event, in a beautiful setting next to Nottingham’s Trent Bridge.
- Christmas Craft Stalls at the infamous Nottingham Castle are taking place on 14 & 15 December.
- A spectacular Olde English themed Christmas Market as part of the Winter Wonderland on Old Market Square will start after the Christmas lights are switched-on in the city on Wednesday 20 November.
- There will be new craft markets in Lace Market Square on the 14 and 21 December.
- Attend Sneinton Market from 8am until 2pm every Monday, and also the Saturday market every other week (7 and 21 December) and Notts Nosh. There is also a famous local food and produce market the third Saturday of every month (23 November and 28 December) also in Snienton Market.
- The Newark Christmas Market and Community Carols on Sunday 15 December from 10am until 4pm. Stalls will sell festive food and drink along with an array of gifts and crafts.
- On 30 November there will be a Christmas Fayre at Southwell’s Our Lady Victories Church selling gifts, cakes and homemade produce.
- The Farndon Boat House Christmas Market on the 30 November will be selling local food and hand craft gifts.
- There will be a Christmas Craft Fayre in West Bridgford on 21 December from 10am - 4pm. There is limited off-street parking available and FREE entry – so enjoy the festive entertainment on stage throughout the fair and 30 stall holders selling a wide range of crafts.
- The Mansfield Museum Christmas Market offers over 40 stalls and will feature the work of local crafts people. Make sure to drop by from 27 - 30 November 2013, 10am - 4pm.
Nottingham Tourism Centre
Great local gift ideas are always available throughout the season at the Nottingham Tourism Centre, just off the city’s Old Market Square on Smithy Row.
Pick up some legendary Nottingham lace for that someone special and treat them to their own little piece of Nottingham's heritage. With a huge range of Robin Hood related gifts available, there is bound to be the perfect gift for your very own little outlaw. For the foodie in your life, why not treat them to some local produce from honey and pickles, to coffee and chocolate, all of which are now available in bespoke hampers. Exclusively, our Tourism Centre is also the only place you can purchase the newly re-launched Shipstones brewery merchandise, including premium sweaters and t-shirts.
Victoria Centre Market
Visit Victoria Centre Market, open Monday to Saturday, 9am until 5pm on the upper level of the Victoria Centre - however Christmas opening times may vary.
The market sells a wide range of products including fresh fruit, veg, meat (don’t forget to pre-order a local turkey) and fish for a locally produced Christmas dinner, beauty products and treatments, crafts and fabrics, flowers and plants, jewellery and fashion clothing and the infamous Robin Hood’s mushy peas stall!