Updated: Jan 28
Shopping local this Christmas? You’re not alone! According to research, more than three-quarters of Brits (78%) say they will be choosing to buy local this holiday season, with over half (53%) saying they plan on buying more locally-made Christmas presents this year than last year. If you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit by shopping at local Christmas markets, here are some of the most popular events and markets in Lancashire, along with why you should visit them this year!
An Introduction To Traditional European Christmas Markets
Christmas markets first emerged as a way for people to trade goods and local produce in pre-industrialised Europe. However, these days, they have evolved into much more than that. Today, you'll find makers, creators and start-ups from all over the county showcasing their creations alongside traditional traders and fresh, local produce. From the festive lights to the mouthwatering street food stalls, it's a great place to get into the holiday spirit.
Where Are The Best Places To Go?
If you're looking for a more personal and creative shopping experience, there are plenty of markets to choose from. Crafty Vintage takes place across Lancashire, with markets taking place in The Ribble Valley, Burnley and Darwen, here are some of the best places to go shopping this season.
Festival de Noel is the latest concept to launch this winter at Waddow Hall in the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside. It’s a country estate owned by The Girl Guides Association. Crafty Vintage are programming a really strong lineup of family entertainment, along with a carefully curated collection of traders.
Christmas Markets at Crow Wood are held within the brand new 5* hotel & spa complex near Burnley. This is the ultimate gift-buying experience for you and your friends and will be laden with gorgeous handmade gifts, trinkets, treasures and treats.
Whalley Christmas Markets return to the Ribble Valley with an eclectic mix of vintage wares, handmade crafts, art and quirkiness from some of the finest makers, creators and collectors in the land all with a festive twist of course!
What To Expect At A Christmas Market
Christmas markets offer shoppers an opportunity to experience a festive atmosphere and also enjoy outstanding service, live music, entertainment, workshops, and meeting with friends. Whether you are looking for handmade gifts or just a tasty treat, these markets have something for everyone.
What Can You Buy At A Christmas Market?
You can find a range of products made with love, including cheese, gin, handmade gifts, artisan bread and cakes, and soap. If you're not sure what to buy as presents this year, why not make it easy on yourself and meet the maker? There are plenty of artists who will be showcasing their work in person for you to chat to about the process of making their product. And don't forget about the handmade presents that are waiting for you! Plus we all know that putting your hands on something to feel the quality is a great way to tell if it's good enough for your loved ones.
This year, you can skip the supermarket and head to a Christmas market for your shopping needs. From local produce to ethical gifts, sustainable fashion to traditional foods, and everything in between, there's something for everyone. Plus, because a lot of these markets are run as charities or social enterprises, every purchase is an opportunity to support people in need. This season, instead of treating yourself, treat others.