Information for visitors

After 1,000 years of a regular market, St Albans now has a Christmas one with up to 60 stalls. The event takes place in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden – a walled garden adjacent to the magnificent 11th-century St Albans Cathedral.

The 2016 Christmas Market will run from Thursday 24th November to Sunday 18th December 2016.

Visitors will enjoy browsing the high quality produce on offer in up to 60 traditional wooden chalets outside the Cathedral and in the Vintry Garden. The pretty Cathedral quarter sits right at the centre of a triangle of St Albans ‘oldest’ treasures: the only working Medieval Clock Tower; the oldest Public School in the country; and, for visitors to the market who fancy a pint of real ale, the oldest pub in the UK, Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, just at the foot of the Abbey Orchard, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral.  

Entertainers, twinkly lights and plenty of Christmas cheer will add to the festive atmosphere – and don’t miss Carols on the Hour, on the hour, every hour from 11.00 to 16.00 on the last Saturday before Christmas in St Albans Cathedral.

It's easy to get here too. We're just 22 minutes from London St Pancras, a short hop off the M1 and M25 motorways, within easy reach of London Luton and Heathrow airports.  

Come and visit St Albans this festive season, and rediscover Christmas.


St Albans Christmas Market takes place outside St Albans Cathedral, accessed on foot via Waxhouse Gate (from High Street) or Sumpter Yard (from Holywell Hill). Click here to see a location map. There is no vehicle access (see further down the page for information on transport)

Dates and opening times

Thursday 24th November to Sunday 18th December 2016.

Opening times:
11am – 6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
11am – 8pm on Thursday & Friday
10am – 8pm on Saturday

10am – 6pm on Sunday
The market is also open until 8pm on Sunday 27th November as part of the Switch On Christmas event on St Peter's Street. 


Getting to the market
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It's easy to get to St Albans. We're just 22 minutes from London St Pancras, a short hop off the M1 and M25 motorways, within easy reach of London Luton and Heathrow airports. See our Travel and Maps section for details.


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 24 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 7th and 14th December, so come and check out what’s new!


The Where to Stay section of this website gives details of all the hotels, historic inns and guest houses around St Albans along with photos and ratings.

Visitor Information Centre

Located in the foyer of the Alban Arena, our Visitor Information Centre can help you find a place to stay and recommend some must-see sights for you to enjoy while you're in St Albans.

Telephone us: +44 (0)1727 864511

Write to us:
St Albans Visitor Information Centre
Alban Arena 
Civic Close
St Albans
AL1 3LD 

Email us: tic@stalbans.gov.uk