Can I take my dog into the Christmas Market?
As this is a public place, we cannot and would not want to prevent visitors from bringing dogs. However, as the event is likely to become extremely crowded at peak times, dog-owners may want to be aware that their dogs might become agitated, and could become a tripping hazard, resulting in injury to animal and members of the public alike.
Are the same stalls there throughout the 25 days?
Don’t forget that St Albans Christmas Market will be different every time you visit. While some stallholders are with us for the whole time, others are here for just a few days! Check back and see what’s new – we’ll be updating you with new arrivals through Facebook and Twitter #VintryVillage. The main change-around days will be Mondays 5th and 12th December, so come and check out what’s new!
Why do you close on 18 December?
We are delighted that the Cathedral and Christmas Market work so closely to enable the festivities in the Vintry Garden. We are aware, though, that the closer we get to Christmas itself, the busier the Cathedral gets. We therefore close on 18 December to give us time to deinstall the Market safely and promptly in order to restore the site to public use over the Christmas holidays and avoid the costs of keeping the site closed and secure over Christmas. If you still have shopping to do on that last week, make sure to visit our Christmas Charter Market which will be running on St Peter’s Street from 16 to 24 December (but not Monday 19 December).
Why is there no snow?
We are doing our best to create a festive atmosphere but even we can’t control the vagaries of the English weather systems! Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of places to keep warm and dry, not least of all the fabulous Meraki Festival tent in the Vintry Garden. Check out the full programme of activities here to make sure you get to see all that they are showing, screening, displaying and showcasing over the 25 days.
Can you stay open any later?
We love our location in the picturesque Vintry Garden but we are also well aware of our lovely residents who live nearby. We work hard to balance the desire for a lively atmosphere in a central location with the enjoyment of the residents and Cathedral who are on our doorstep. We have extended the opening hours this year in answer to public demand: Thursday, Friday and Saturday we’re in full swing until 8pm. We have even squeezed in a couple of extra late-night openings with special performances on the Meraki stage on Sunday 27 November and Wednesday 30 November too: check out www.merakifestival.com for more details. If the party hasn't stopped by the time the Market closes, don't you worry. With a long history of inns, ale-houses and hostelries, there is no shortage of places to carry on partying.
It is the real Father Christmas?
Why not come and ask him yourself! He meets children of all ages, and the VERY good children receive a small gift. He’s brought with him gender-neutral, high quality, traditional toys with him this year so you can be sure you and your child will be delighted. We hope you’ve been very VERY good this year… Visitors are welcome to take their own photographs.
Do I have to pay to get into St Albans Christmas Market?
No! There is no admission fee to enter the Market or any of the Meraki activities. It will cost £5 per child to visit Father Christmas and get a gift.
How can I locate my lost property?
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What age is the Market aimed at?
St Albans Christmas Market is for everyone. Young and old love to see Santa Claus! Meraki have a full programme of entertainment in their Festival Tipi, and there is plenty to eat in Pudding Place, creating a perfect atmosphere for after-work gatherings.
How accessible is your site for wheelchairs, buggies and mobility scooters?
Most of St Albans Christmas Market is sufficiently level for wheeled mobility, with only gentle inclines. There are a few steps by Mistletoe Mews but you can access all areas through various domestic-width doorways. Please note, we do not have an official buggy park. We have not included ramps to each individual chalets as this would compromise the space available due to the uneven topography of the site. All traders are briefed to do all they can to assist disabled visitors.
What about toilet facilities?
There are temporary toilets in the North Churchyard, which is reached via Waxhouse Gate. A number of accessible toilet facilities are available around the City.
Photography and filming at St Albans Christmas Market
Photography and filming on site is only allowed for personal use. If you have any commercial or editorial photography or filming requests, please contact us to request accreditation in advance of arriving at: firstname.lastname@example.org. All amateur photographer groups must also request photography accreditation in advance of arriving on site. We thank you for your co-operation.
Visitors are strongly encouraged to travel to the Christmas Market on foot, bike or by public transport. St Albans Christmas Market will provide suitable facilities for visitors, traders and operators to recycle their waste. Power, lighting and water usage is minimised wherever possible. Traders and operators will be encouraged to procure products from sustainable sources where possible and the vast majority of the Christmas Market infrastructure is permanent or is re-used year after year. St Albans Christmas Market uses local staff and crew where possible and encourages traders and operators to do the same.
Comments and feedback
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