Top 5 Christmas Markets in the Peak District

Now that the clocks have gone back, the festive season seems close enough to touch. The days are shorter, the air is colder and, most importantly, the first Christmas markets begin in just a few weeks. With creative gifts, tasty treats and their unbeatable, celebratory atmospheres, Christmas markets are the perfect place to eat, drink and ignite the festive spirit. Here in the Peak District, we are lucky enough to be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas events, with most towns and attractions pulling out all the stops, drawing merry crowds from near and far. We’ve picked out a few Christmas markets that we’re particularly excited out, all a stone’s throw from The Peacock at Rowsley:

Haddon Hall: Winter Artisan Market

Find unique Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones at Haddon Hall’s biggest artisan market to date. Over 100 local florists, artists, gourmet artisans and craftspeople will line the halls of the magical, medieval manor house, with a jazz singer performing on the Saturday and Sunday. Entry to the market is £5 and can be purchased on arrival. Location: Haddon Hall, Bakewell

Dates: 17th November 2017 – 19th November 2017

Distance from The Peacock (By Car): 2 minutes

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Chatsworth: Christmas Market

The Christmas market at Chatsworth House will last for over two weeks, featuring over 100 stalls, live music, outdoor bars and a vast range of heartwarming, festive food. The Chatsworth shops will also remain open throughout the event and entry to the market is totally free. Chivers 13 / Instagram Location: Chatsworth House, Bakewell

Dates: 17th November 2017 – 5th December 2017

Distance from The Peacock (By Car): 15 minutes

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Bakewell: Christmas Market

Taking place in the centre of the charming market town, home to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, our third pick is truly a quintessential English Christmas Market. Around 100 stallholders will line the streets, with live music performances, festive food and family activities throughout the weekend. Location: Town Centre, Bakewell

Dates: 25th November 2017 – 26th November 2017

Distance from The Peacock (By Car): 5 minutes

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Matlock: Victorian Christmas Market

With a whopping 200 stalls, the official Christmas light switch on and a firework display, Matlock’s Victorian Christmas Market is a truly memorable event with something for everyone. The festive extravaganza celebrates its 24th year this December and takes place close to Matlock’s other shops and cafes for those wishing to explore the town. Location: Hall Leys Park, Matlock

Dates: 1st December 2017 – 3rd December 2017

Distance from The Peacock (By Car): 15 minutes

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Buxton: Christmas Fair

Set in the beautiful Pavilion Gardens, the Buxton Christmas Fair offers stunning gifts, a brilliant atmosphere and even an opportunity to visit Santa in his Grotto. Entry to the market, which will be open between 10AM and 5PM on both days, will be free of charge. Location: The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

Dates: 9th December 2017 – 10th December 2017

Distance from The Peacock (By Car): 30 minutes

More Information: With our market recommendations in mind, why not make Derbyshire your first point of call for Christmas cheer? We look forward to celebrating the season alongside you! > dine at The Peacock > stay at The Peacock > view our Christmas & New Year packages