Two ladies dressed in victorian clothes outside of Nottingham Castle

Yule be in for a great time at It’s in Nottingham’s Christmas Market

If you’re a fan of browsing stalls, relishing the taste of Christmas-inspired food and drink, or just love walking around and soaking in the festive atmosphere – then the two-day Christmas Market, within the grounds of Nottingham Castle, on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 November 2023 is the perfect treat for you

The Christmas Market has been curated and organised by It’s in Nottingham – the city’s business improvement district, in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Castle, and gives Nottingham-based independent retailers and creatives, both bricks and mortar and online, a unique trading platform which will highlight the city’s fantastic independents.

With over 35 independent stallholders, visitors can expect to see freshly baked goods, sweet treats, cheeses, gins and liqueurs, arts, crafts, and handmade jewellery available from local independent retailers over the two days.

Some of the popular businesses taking part include Bird and Blend Tea, Block Party Bakery, Cropwell Bishop Creamery, Studio Chocolate, Emmy Lupin Studio, Happy Sunday Vintage, Grace Barlow Jewellery, Macaron Marlo, The Bead Shop and The Treat Kitchen.

Festive food and drink will be on offer with traditional roasted chestnuts, pork and stuffing cobs, cheese melts from Big Melt Cheese and crepés from The Pudding Pantry, with MemSaab and Yianni’s Greek providing alternative festive fayre. Castle Rock Brewery will be on hand to provide the Christmas cheer with mulled wine and other refreshments.

Alongside the market stalls, the event will also include a programme of exciting live music from the bandstand, performing acts and family-friendly entertainment, including a vintage carousel, free face painting and arts and crafts.

The Christmas Market will be open from 10am to 7pm on Saturday 25 November and 10am to 4pm on Sunday 26 November. Entry to the Christmas Market is £1, which includes access to the Castle on the day. It is free entry for Nottingham Castle annual pass holders

Tickets for the market will be available to purchase from Friday 10 November – visit

Chief Executive Officer of It’s in Nottingham, Alex Flint, said:

“We’re really excited to bring the Christmas Market to Nottingham Castle – it’s a lovely way to kick off the festive season and a great way to support local independent businesses. This not only creates something affordable for local people to enjoy, but helps to attract more visitors to our wonderful city who will spend money not only at the market but also in shops, restaurants, bars and other places in the city.”

Councillor Pavlos Kotsonis, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said:

“After the success of the Ay-UpMarket earlier this year, we’re pleased to be working in partnership with It’s in Nottingham to deliver a festive market at our stunning Nottingham Castle. It’s a great opportunity for people to do their Christmas shopping and support local independent traders whilst enjoying an affordable and family-friendly day out at the castle for just £1 entry. I’m sure this will be a very popular event so visitors are advised to book in advance when tickets go on sale this Friday.”

Posted on 06 November 2023

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