St Albans First Christmas Market Draws the Crowds

Tue, 3 December 2013

St Albans First German-style Christmas Market in the Grounds of St Albans Cathedral.

Crowds are already flocking to the first St Albans Christmas Market which is taking place around St Albans Cathedral and in the Vintry Gardens adjacent to the Cathedral up until Saturday 21st December. 

In beautiful surroundings, the Christmas Market stalls are selling a range of high-quality goods, from specialty food and drink, such as Bratwurst sausages, mulled wine and decorated gingerbread men, to wooden toys, Christmas decorations, stocking-fillers, hand-made clothes and gifts. There are unique and festive gifts to surprise and delight visitors. 

St Albans has what is thought to be the longest regularly held market in the same location in the country.  Records clearly show that the market has been in the same location in the city centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays for over 1,100 years. But this is the very first time the City has had a German-inspired Christmas market.

Visitors to the Market can also enjoy free entry to St Albans Cathedral and free daily tours at the following times: 11.30 Monday to Saturday; 14.30 Sunday to Friday and 14.00 Saturday.  A highlights tour also takes place at 13.05 every day.

There's a chance to hear the beautiful singing of the Cathedral Choirs at Choral Evensong - weekdays 17.00, Saturday 16.00 and Sunday 18.30.

And a very special event - Carols on the Hour- takes place on the last day of the Christmas Market - Saturday 21st December.  Everyone is welcome to come and sing and experience the true meaning of Christmas at these hourly Carol Services from 11.00 to 16.00. No tickets required and admission is free.

To find out more about the St Albans Christmas Market visit for a full programme of Carol Concerts and Services at St Albans Cathedral and Christmas Lunches at the Abbot's Kitchen.

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