Christmas Craft Fairs & Markets in Brighton
Wading through the hordes in town to buy your Christmas pressies is enough to put anyone off of Christmas shopping but never fear because there’s another option! There are lots of other places to buy incredible handmade gifts from local and national makers. Here’s our guide to some of the best markets and Christmas craft fairs Brighton has to offer. Also be sure to check out our New Years Eve Brighton 2014 guide.
Maker’s Boutique – Brighton Unitarian Church & Brighton Fishing Quarter
Roll up, ROLL UP! Maker’s Boutique are back with their handmade markets featuring the very best of Brighton and beyonds creative peeps at 2 Brighton locations. A fabulous mix of brand new faces and regular favourites selling a vast range of arts and crafts including original artwork, homewares, photography, textiles, jewellery, ceramics, fashion, glass and at Brighton Unitarian Church an amazing cafe serving light lunches, lovely homemade cakes and tea’s and coffees. Support local small businesses this Christmas and give a gift you won’t find on the High Street!——————–
German Style Christmas Market – Churchill Square Shopping Centre
Situated on the Churchill Square piazza, the stylish market is made up of 14 authentic huts, beautifully decorated and packed with festive ambience. The perfect place to shop, to get alternative Christmas presents, as well as enjoy mouth-watering delicacies. European and local producers are offering everything from fine jewellery, handcrafted goods, hand knitted hats, bags and scarves. You can even enjoy a mulled wine, freshly prepared crepes or delicious German Bratwurst to keep you warm as you shop.
Fri 31st Oct – Wed 24th Dec
Open same hours as Churchill Square | FREE
Brighton Christmas Gift Fair Spectacular – Brighton Racecourse
Set in the wonderful surroundings of Brighton Racecourse there’s so much to see and do. Explore the outdoor Christmas Market, fairground rides, Nativity scene, mobile farm and over 140 stands. Watch live stage performances featuring the popular Rock Choir singers, local musicians, free prize draws and famous special guests! Explore unique gifts in the Handmade Craft Zone, ‘Try before you buy‘ in the Food and drink Zone and visit Santa, face painter’s and kids entertainers in the Kids Zone.
Sat 15th Nov
10am – 5pm | £3/Kids FREE
The Fairy Tale Fair – Various Locations
3 spectacular fairs in Brighton this winter. 40 local maker and designers at Patcham Methodist on 15th Nov with a vintage tearoom, craft workshops and face painting . The following weekend on Sunday 23rd join them again at Brighton Open Market with Brighton Lindyhoppers performing. Finally over 100 maker and designers will be selling their unique creations at Brighton Racecourse on Saturday 6th Dec. A fun filled day with live entertainment, free vintage hair and beauty, Santa’s photobooth and face painting and free goody bags for the first 200 visitors! Pick up some wonderful Christmas gifts and support the talented makers.
Bright ‘n’ Crafty Christmas Market – St. George’s Church
12pm – 5.30pm | FREE
MADE Brighton – Brighton Dome, Corn Exchange
A high quality, contemporary craft and design event, held in the beautiful Dome Corn Exchange in the heart of Brighton. The fair attracts over 5500 visitors, many of whom return year on year to delight in the originality and quality of work across all disciplines. MADE BRIGHTON showcases over 100 makers and designers; from unique glassware to luxurious textiles, functional ceramics to dazzling jewellery, and tailor made clothing to quirky accessories, there is something for everyone. 241 tickets HERE until Nov 17th. —————————————————-
Fri 21st – Sun 23rd Nov
11am – 5pm | £6 adv/£6.50 on the door/Under 14s FREE
Art Junky – Phoenix Gallery
Art Junky is a popular and well-established indoor market with over 50 stalls of art, illustration, painting, photography, fashion, vintage, jewellery, music, books, bric-a-brac, homeware and more! Cafe, DJ’s and kids activities make this a special event for the whole family.
Find some original gifts for Christmas or pick up a beautiful bargain for yourself – there is something for everyone at this eclectic bazaar!
Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd, Sat 29th – Sun 30th Nov
11am-5pm | £1 / Under 10’s FREE
Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market – The Open Market
The Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market (BVAM) takes over the plaza at the newly refurbished Open Market every month with over 40 stall holders from all over Brighton, Lewes and London. Get along to one of their 2 Christmas markets this December and buy some one off pressies from some of Brighton’s best dealers and those from further afield, this is a ‘must-go-to’ event for all things vintage and antique! Read more about the market HERE.
Make it at the Market – The Open Market
The Open Market is Brighton’s best destination for gifts that are hand-made, home-grown and one-of-a-kind! This year, give gifts that have been lovingly hand-made by YOU! The traders in the market will help you create perfect Christmas presents for the people you love. Just drop in for jewellery-making, chocolate-making, sewing workshops, personalised hampers and more.
Sat 13th & Sat 20th Dec
10am-5pm | FREE
Belle’s Christmas Vintage & Handmade Bazaar – Brighton Unitarian Church
Ho ho ho! Get away from the high street and find some fantastic festive goodies and vintage stalls at Belle’s Christmas Vintage and Handmade fair! Think handmade, think vintage, retro, reloved, makers, bakers, gifts, mince pies & live entertainment to get your Christmas cheer started! You will find a treasure trove of traders and makers at this event along with a pop-up tea room and live entertainment.
Sat 13th Dec
11am – 4pm | £0.50p
Brighton Craft Alliance Christmas Handmade, Craft & Vintage Fair – The Open Market
Looking for handmade gift inspiration? Look no further than Brighton Craft Alliance’s Christmas Handmade, Craft & Vintage Fair, where you will find handmade crafted pressies, food, music and more! Experience a winter wonderland with more than 45 stalls selling a wide range of gorgeous handmade treats for your Christmas stockings, with contemporary crafts, locally made art and unique edible treats. Helping us to get into the festive spirit are Sweetheart Swing (vintage inspired vocal duo), Georgia Lewis & Friends (Folk acoustic band), and Georgina Murray (Spanish Guitarist and singer). There will also be a very special raffle to raise money for charity.
Sun 14th Dec
10am – 5pm | FREE
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