7 UK Christmas Markets Where You Can Apply to Be a Market Trader

Christmas always promises loads of commerce activities. Department stores, all kinds of brick-and-morter shops, and even the online marketsphere will be abuzz with buying and selling. But there’s a certain preference accorded to Christmas Markets all over the UK.

Christmas has evolved over the years, and so has the spending patterns. Well, that department’s (spending) evolution has been one of increment. We begin to feel the breeze of the Yuletide days before the festive period proper. Most stores are already stocking up in certain anticipation of the busy time ahead.

Last year, the rush in Christmas spending boosted the general UK retail sales. The report from the Centre for Retail Research for last Christmas is evidence that consumers wait to spend big during the yuletide. According to the research, UK Christmas spending almost hit £78bn.

Time for markets to open up and traders to apply is already ripe. Some markets are already ongoing, and most are about to start. Even with the gloomy economy, protection for retailers will definitely see a surge in activity during this period.

Are you a trader and yet to apply to one of the Christmas markets waiting to be besieged by festive buyers? You should head up to apply to one of these markets straightaway.

Some markets have already been fully occupied, but spaces could become available in the course of the open period, so it won’t hurt to reach out.

Here are some markets to apply to.

St Enoch Square and George’s Square Markets, Glasgow (Date TBC)


This market is overseen and run by Europe Market Place people. Dates are yet to be announced. Join the ‘traders area’ on the site to apply.

Leicester (23-11-2017 to 23-12-2017)

This market is already on-going but still has a number of days to go before Christmas. Contact carey@fu-media.co.uk.to apply to become a trader.

Guildhall Square, Salisbury (23-11-2017 to 22-12-2017)

If you’re interested in setting up stall at this market, apply at http://salisburychristmasmarket.co.uk/exhibitors

Newcastle – The Christmas and International Markets 2017

The Newcastle City Council is calling on interested traders to apply for this festive market. Official dates are yet to be confirmed but expect 11 December to 17 December to be included. Visit the website to apply.


The Manchester Christmas markets are among the busiest Christmas markets in the UK. The city boasts a number of impressive markets where you can apply to become a trader. To send your application, you must register on the Christmas market trader database.

The Cardiff Christmas Market

The market is slated to run from the 9 November to the 23 December. Spaces may be full at this time, but applications are still accepted. You can apply by downloading the form through the site.

Armada Way, Plymouth (30-11-2017 to 21-12-2017)

To register, complete a  registration of interest form and a market team member will reach out to you to complete your full application.

If your preferred market is already filled out, not to worry, there’s surely one that you can find. What’s more, you now have the heads up for the next yuletide period! These will be the same application routes for next year, so keep them close and apply earlier!

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