It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

There’s lots happening over the next couple of months in Abingdon in the lead up to Christmas. In particular, there are plenty of festive markets – the ideal places to get that Christmassy feeling and do a spot of Christmas shopping – plus the all-day Christmas Extravaganza on 2 December.


Abingdon Traditional Craft Fair – 3–5 November

Come and see a dynamic and interesting range of traditional arts in Abbey Buildings, including pottery, textiles, metalwork, millinery, jewellery, woodwork and creative vintage upcycling. Enjoy live demonstrations and the chance to try out some crafts yourself. Open 10am–6pm on Friday and Saturday; 10am–4.30pm on Sunday. Tickets £6 on the door or get a discount by buying at early bird rates online. Profits from the event go to the Friends of Abingdon Civic Society towards the upkeep of Abbey Buildings, almost all that remain of the medieval Abingdon Abbey.

Art and Crafts Exhibition – 18– 19 November

As part of Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas season, the Abbey Group of four local artists is holding an exhibition of paintings and crafts. All the artwork on display will be for sale, along with prints, cards, jewellery and housewares – a great opportunity to buy unique and original Christmas presents. The exhibition takes place at St Ethelwold's House in East St Helen Street, 10am–5pm.

Christmas Fayre, Abingdon Baptist Church – 18 November

From 10am–2pm there is something for everyone at this event, with cakes, preserves, home-made gifts, cards and crafts, stocking fillers, second-hand books, puzzles and toys, teddy tombola and guess the weight of the hamper. Visit Father Christmas in his grotto, and enjoy refreshments and a light lunch in the on-site cafe, with a free Fairtrade coffee/tea for everyone visiting the fayre.

Abingdon Local Excellence Market – 25 November

From 9am–2pm, head to the Market Place for this quarterly market showcasing local food producers, craftworkers and much more that demonstrates the excellence on offer from producers and retailers in the local area. Look out too for the special Christmas Local Excellence Craft Market on 9 December,

Christmas Extravaganza ­– 2 December

Taking place all day (and evening) in Abingdon town centre from 9am is the fun-filled Christmas Extravaganza. Enjoy a Circus Workshop (9am–12noon) in community free space in the town, and Punch & Judy shows at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Head for Bath Street for the Christmas Market (9am–4pm) and look out for live performances throughout the day. In the Market Place there will be lots of live acts, starting with the Strawberry Fayre Majorettes at 11.15am and a parade at 12noon, then all sorts of brilliant performers every hour or half hour, with pop group The Honeyz as the finale at 5pm. But the day doesn’t end there – as darkness falls there is the big switch-on of the Christmas lights at 6pm in the Market Place, followed by fantastic fireworks. For details of all the performances and timings throughout the day see the What’s On section of the Visit Abingdon website:

Christmas Crafts Workshop – 2 December

Whilst the Christmas Extravaganza is in full swing, the annual Christmas Crafts Workshop returns with a chance to make and take home some fabulous decorations. This activity is FREE, though donations will be gratefully received, and takes place in the Kempster Room in the basement of Abingdon Museum, 10.30am–12.30pm and 1–3pm. Top tip: the Mouse Hole Cafe next door is the perfect place to enjoy a hot drink and a snack before or after your session.

Christmas Local Excellence Craft Market – 9 December

A special festive version of the regular Local Excellence Market takes place 9am–2pm in the Market Place. With local food producers, craftworkers and other local retailers there to show, explain and sell their wares, this is the perfect place to do some Christmas gift shopping.

Christmas Bazaar – 16 December

Abingdon Market Place will be alive with all the excitement of a special Christmas market, with fantastic music playing and yummy street food to keep you warm from the inside out.

Why make Christmas stressful when you could spend it in your local town, browsing for gifts for all of the family?

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