Over one weekend in November, Bakewell Christmas Market takes over the town centre. A busy, festive event that hosts around 100 Christmas chalets, it’s one of the most popular Christmas events in the Peak District.
In this guide, I share confirmed dates for 2023, opening times, and what to expect when you’re there.
Known for its charming courtyards and historic bridge, Bakewell is a great weekend getaway where you can eat delicious pudding and work it off along the Monsal Trail (when the weather allows).
Its central location means you can visit other destinations in the area, like Chatsworth House and their Christmas market.
Bakewell Christmas Market 2023
Bakewell’s Christmas Market Weekend is an interesting part of the town’s festive season. With over a hundred stalls set up across the town centre, it provides a vast array of artisan crafts, gifts and local produce.
The backdrop of the Peak District’s rolling hills and the charm of the town’s historic buildings add to the festive spirit, creating an appealing holiday ambience.
The Christmas market in Bakewell is a huge event considering the size of the town. There’s much to see and do, including all the traditional Christmas experiences like drinking mulled wine and shopping for Christmas gifts.
Dates and Location
Bakewell Christmas Market dates: 18th to 19th November 2023.
Location: Market Street, Granby Road and Riverside Crescent.
Opening times: 9am to 5pm.
Admission: Free, no tickets required.
Santa: Yes, including a breakfast with Santa event.
Ice skating: No.
Vegetarian: Yes, plenty of options.
Vegan: Yes, plenty of options.
Gluten free: Yes, but limited.
Pet-friendly: Not recommended.
Parking: Please take public transport to help limit congestion.
Reason to visit: Musical events including Christmas choirs and brass bands.
Specialities: Breakfast with Santa. Classic Bakewell puddings and tarts.
Where to stay: The H Boutique is a stylish hotel, located directly at the Christmas market.
Note: Bakewell Christmas Sparkle is a separate event that takes place on Sunday, 26th November 2023, from 10am to 4pm.
Hotels near Bakewell Christmas Market
If you’re looking for a hotel near the Christmas market, The H Boutique is a highly-rated, comfortable hotel in an ideal location. The rooms are extremely spacious and beautifully designed with modern bathrooms.
Christmas in the Peak District
The Peak District isn’t the only popular winter destination this year. Read my Christmas markets 2023 UK guide for more places to visit.
Food at the Christmas Market
Mulled Wine: Originating from Europe, mulled wine has become a staple of Christmas markets around the world. It’s a warm, spiced red wine, often served with a slice of orange, and perfect for warding off the winter chill.
Bar with Hot Toddies: There’s nothing quite like a hot toddy to warm you from the inside out. A bar at the market specialises in this warming mix of whisky, honey, lemon and hot water.
Mulled Cider: A festive alternative to mulled wine, mulled cider is a fruity, spiced drink that brings cheer to the Christmas market.
Bakewell Pudding: This local specialty needs no introduction in Bakewell. The sweet treat, filled with a mixture of almond paste, egg, butter and sugar and topped with a layer of puff pastry, is a warm and delightful snack to enjoy as you explore the market.
Hog Roast Rolls: Succulent roast pork, served in a fresh roll with stuffing and apple sauce, is a popular snack at UK Christmas markets. The vendors at Bakewell’s market are known for their delicious hog roasts.
Yorkshire Pudding Wraps: A local twist on a traditional wrap, these feature roast dinner ingredients encased in a fluffy Yorkshire pudding.
Roasted Chestnuts: A classic winter warmer, roasted chestnuts are a Christmas market tradition. Vendors roast them over open fires, their unique aroma adding to the festive feel of the market.
German Sausages: Despite being an international snack, German sausages, including Bakewell, are common at Christmas markets. Varieties like bratwurst and currywurst are typically served in a bun with a choice of sauces.
Vegan and Vegetarian Options: The Christmas market in Bakewell also caters to vegan and vegetarian visitors. You’ll find a range of plant-based street foods, from vegetable curries to vegan-friendly desserts. It’s another way this market caters to a broad array of tastes.
Milk Shakes, Burgers, Hot Dogs: Traditional fast food favourites like creamy milkshakes, juicy burgers, and sizzling hot dogs are also on offer for those seeking familiar comfort food.
Greek Wraps: Offering a taste of the Mediterranean, these wraps are filled with ingredients like grilled meats, fresh vegetables and tangy tzatziki sauce.
Crepes and Waffles: Sweet-toothed visitors can enjoy these classic European desserts with a variety of toppings, from chocolate sauce to fresh fruit.
Pizza and Jacket Potatoes: Whether you prefer a slice of pizza topped with your favourite ingredients or a comforting jacket potato filled with cheese and beans, there’s something to satisfy every craving.
Cheese Toasties: A classic British comfort food, these toasted sandwiches filled with melting cheese are a simple, satisfying snack.
Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket: Tender pulled pork and slow-cooked beef brisket provide hearty, meaty options for meat lovers.
Chocolate Fountain: For a sweet treat, there’s a chocolate fountain where you can dip everything from fresh strawberries and apples to fluffy marshmallows and doughnuts, all covered in rich, creamy chocolate.
What to Buy
Crafts and Gifts: Local artisans display a range of handcrafted items, from beautiful ceramic pieces to wooden toys. These items reflect the creativity and craftsmanship of the area’s residents.
Wreaths and Plants: Festive wreaths made from a variety of materials, including traditional evergreens, adorn the market stalls. Indoor plants, including a selection of succulents, are also available, providing greenery even in the depths of winter.
Garden Ornaments: Unique garden ornaments, crafted to withstand the British weather, provide an opportunity to bring a piece of the Peak District back home.
Jewellery: Stalls showcase a range of jewellery pieces, from handmade bead bracelets to sterling silver necklaces, catering to a variety of styles and budgets.
Books: Book stalls carry a wide range of titles, from children’s literature to cookbooks, with an emphasis on local authors and subjects.
Cheese and Pies: You can find a selection of locally-produced cheeses and freshly baked pies, perfect for gifting or enjoying at home.
Alcohol: Locally brewed ales, craft gins, and other spirits are available, reflecting the region’s brewing and distilling traditions.
Clothing and Accessories: A variety of clothing items, including underwear, socks, belts and hats, are on offer. Stalls also carry a variety of accessories, including bags, scarves and gloves.
Home Decor: Festive cushions and bedding help bring the Christmas spirit into your home. You’ll also find handmade soaps, fragrant bath bombs, and scented wax melts that can create a relaxing atmosphere.
Stationery: Beautifully designed diaries, calendars and cards can be found, many of them featuring local landscapes and landmarks.
Dog Accessories: Don’t forget your furry friend! There are stalls carrying a range of dog accessories, from leashes to chew toys.
Food Specialties: Stalls carry a range of food specialties, including cookies, cupcakes, brownies, and fudge. Homemade sauces, chutneys and scotch eggs provide savoury options.
For things to do while you’re in Bakewell, Visit Peak District is a useful resource, especially for finding events, activities and places to eat out, including a list of things to do in the region.
Sustainable Travel Tips
The choices we make have an environmental and social impact on the places we visit. Try to implement these responsible travel measures when visiting the Christmas markets.
- Shop mindfully. Only purchase what you really need.
- Walk, cycle and use public transport to get around.
- Stay in a sustainable hotel powered by renewable energy.
- Avoid using plastic or buying items made or packaged with plastic.
- Try to eat locally sourced organic food where possible.
- Limit your consumption of meat and dairy.
- Explore more than just the main tourist areas.
- Support the arts and attend local events.
Bakewell Christmas Market is held from 18th to 19th November 2023.
The Christmas market in Bakewell is located along Market Street, Granby Road and Riverside Crescent.
The Bakewell Christmas markets open from 9am to 5pm.
The Christmas markets close at 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
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