Which UK #Christmas #markets are going ahead and which are cancelled?

CHRISTMAS markets are a much-loved part of the festive period but the coronavirus pandemic has taken a sledgehammer to public gatherings this year. Many UK markets are sadly no longer going ahead. This is your guide to which cities are doing what in 2020.

PUBLISHED: 17:07, Tue, Nov 24, 2020 | UPDATED: 17:08, Tue, Nov 24, 2020

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Christmas markets are terrific for getting people into the festive spirit. From swigging mulled wine to stocking up on Christmas presents, markets are a staple over the winter. Tragically, coronavirus has taken its toll on big gatherings - so which Christmas markets are going ahead in the UK this year and which are cancelled?

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UK Christmas Markets this year Cardiff

Cardiff Christmas Market has already returned to the pedestrian streets of Cardiff City Centre.

The winter event is “subject to any COVID relevant legislation/guidelines current at the time from the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council respectively, in order to make your visit as safe and as enjoyable as possible,” said Cardiff Christmas Market.

The team previously said of the market: “We are planning another exciting and eclectic mix of both new and returning exhibitors to tempt you as their original, hand made work is the essence of what makes our market so different and special every year.”

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Swansea Christmas Market is still going ahead this year.

“Following the latest government advice and with daily on-site support, Swansea Christmas Market plans to deliver a festive and safe shopping experience for traders and customers!” said Swansea City Centre.

The dates are: Friday, November 27 – Monday, December 21, 2020.

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UK Christmas Markets cancelled this year York

York’s St Nicholas Fair will not be going ahead this year.

However, a virtual equivalent of the event is taking place so you can still emjoy the market's classic shops.


Manchester’s Christmas market has been cancelled.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester's Christmas spokesperson, previously said that even the proposed smaller markets did not meet public health approval and that the city council "could never take any risks" with people's wellbeing.

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Manchester will still be lit up with Christmas lights and seasonal light installations, including the giant glowing Santa at Piccadilly Gardens.


The Liverpool Christmas Market is cancelled for 2020.

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