9 of the best Christmas markets running in Norfolk in 2021

Christmas markets are taking place across Norfolk in 2021. 

Christmas markets are taking place across Norfolk in 2021. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas but festive markets have already been announced across Norfolk.

Here are some of the best ones you can visit in the county in 2021:

The Creake Abbey Christmas Gift Fair is going ahead this December. 

The Creake Abbey Christmas Gift Fair is back. - Credit: Diana Scott

1. Christmas Gift Fair, North Creake

Where: Creake Abbey, Creake Road, Fakenham, NR21 9LF

When: November 27, 10am-3pm 

Price: Free

Parking: Free

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The Christmas Gift Fair is returning to Creake Abbey with a mix of indoor and outdoor stalls.

The traders include Marsh Pig, with British charcuterie, Panther Brewery and Lyn Sandford Pottery.

The Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show Christmas market is returning to the Norfolk Showground for 2021. 

The Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show Christmas market is returning to the Norfolk Showground for 2021. - Credit: Aztec Events

2. Norfolk Festive Gift and Food Show, New Costessey

Where: Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, New Costessey, NR5 0TT

When: November 12 and 13: 9am-5pm, November 14: 9am-4pm, timed entry slots  

Price: Adults (16+): £5.50, concessions (60+): £5.50, children (aged 5-16): free, norfolkfestiveshow.co.uk

Parking: Free

Norfolk's biggest Christmas market features hundreds of stalls and everything you need for the festive season. 

There will be Christmas decorations, festive food and drink and plenty of gifts and there are timed entry slots to prevent crowding. 

Pensthorpe Natural Park Christmas Market 2019. Picture: Steve Adams

Pensthorpe Natural Park Christmas Market 2019. Picture: Steve Adams - Credit: Archant

3. Christmas Market, Pensthorpe 

Where: Pensthorpe Natural Park, Pensthorpe Road, Pensthorpe, NR21 0LN

When: November 28, 10am-4pm 

Price: Free

Parking: Free

The region's best food and drink suppliers, artists and craft makers will be celebrated at this event.

There will be stalls in the courtyard and it takes place outside the Pensthorpe Natural Park main site so entry is free. 

A Christmas market is coming to Norwich Camping and Leisure in Blofield Picture: Getty Images/iStock

Christmas in the Parks is coming to Great Yarmouth and Gorleston. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

4. Christmas in the Parks, Gorleston and Great Yarmouth 

Where: Priory Gardens, Priory Street, Gorleston, NR31 6NG/St George's Park, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2JR

When: November 26 to 28 (Gorleston), November 26 to December 5 (except November 29 and 30) (Great Yarmouth), 10am-4pm 

Price: Free

Parking: The nearest car parks in Gorleston are Church Road and High Street and in Great Yarmouth it is Greyfriars and King Street - check before going as some may be closed due to the event.

Expect twinkling lights in the trees and the comforting smell of hot chocolate and cinnamon at Christmas in the Parks.

There will be a festive craft market, food and drink, live entertainment, children's rides and Santa's post office with elves.

On Sunday, November 28, from 5pm the Gorleston light switch-on with fireworks will take place in the High Street. 

North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Winter Magic runs over two weeks - pictured is a hare by printmaker Su

The North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Winter Fair returns this November. - Credit: Archant

5. North Norfolk Arts and Crafts Winter Fair, Letheringsett  

Where: Back to the Garden, Letheringsett, NR25 7JJ

When: November 27-28, 10am-4pm 

Price: Free

Parking: Free

Support Norfolk's artists and makers and buy unique gifts at this Christmas market which will include jewellery, embroidery and ceramics. 

The Garden farm shop and restaurant will be serving hot and cold drinks, cakes and full meals.

Street food event Oakland Outdoors is running all summer at a Horsford farm. 

The Oakland Organic Eggs farm is running a Christmas market. - Credit: Rachael Cole (Beau Baby Photography)

6. Christmas Farmers and Craft Market, Horsford 

Where: Oakland Organic Eggs Ltd, Sandy Lane, Horsford, NR10 3FB

When: November 28, 11am-3pm 

Price: Free

Parking: Free

Head to the Oakland Organic Eggs farm in November for a Christmas market which will celebrate local producers and traders.

Street food event Oakland Outdoors launched there last summer and live music and farmers markets were introduced this August. 

Get into the festive spirit at the Christmas Market in Great Yarmouth Minister

Get into the festive spirit at the Christmas Market in Great Yarmouth Minister - Credit: Nick Butcher

7. Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre, Great Yarmouth

Where: Great Yarmouth Minster, Church Plain, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1NE

When: November 26: 10am-8pm, November 27: 9am-5pm, November 28: 10am-4pm 

Price: Free

Parking: The nearest car parks are Fullers Hill, Brewery Plain and Market Place and it is also close to the Market Gates Multi-Storey 

The annual Great Yarmouth Christmas Fayre returns to the heart of the town in November.

It will feature a fantastic selection of handcrafted gifts, home baked treats and festive food offerings.

There are lots of exciting things planned for Swaffham Christmas Market Weekend in December. 

There are lots of exciting things planned for Swaffham Christmas Market Weekend in December. - Credit: Swaffham Town Council

8. Swaffham Christmas Market Weekend and Light Switch On, Swaffham

Where: Swaffham Market Place, Swaffham, PE37 7AB

When: December 4: 8am-10pm, December 5: 12pm-6pm

Price: Free

Parking: The biggest car park is in Theatre Street - the road on the west side of the marketplace will be closed for the event

There will be lots going on in the town centre over the weekend of December 4 and 5, including a mobile ice skating rink, Christmas market and entertainment from Little Mix tribute act LMX at the Buttercross.

The weekend will culminate with the Christmas light switch-on on Sunday at 5pm. 

Light-switch ons are guaranteed to make you feel Christmassy. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Jabbawocky Christmas Craft and Gift Fair runs on selected dates in November and December. - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

9. Jabbawocky Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Norwich

Where: The Forum, Bethel Street, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1BH

When: November 6, 13, 20, December 11, 18: 9am-5pm 

Price: Free

Parking: There is a car park at The Forum and also nearby is the Chantry Place shopping centre multi-storey

This free and accessible event returns for 2021 on selected dates in November and December.

It takes place outdoors, with indoor stalls too on November 13 and 20, and it will feature handmade crafts and gifts, with businesses including A New Leaf, The Flora Candle Company and Mad Hat Silver. 

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