Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market 2021

Date: 18th November 2021 - 18th December 2021

The Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market is back! The festivities start on Thursday 18 November and wrap up on the evening of Saturday 18 December.

Opening times:

  • Thursday 18 November: 5pm opening (traditional Christmas carols from 6.30-7pm)
  • Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 7pm
  • Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm
  • Sunday: 11am – 5pm

There’s no charge and no need to pre-book. Just come along and soak up the atmosphere!

Entrance to the Cathedral is also free of charge during the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, so why not make a day (or even a weekend) of it?

We can’t wait to welcome you.

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Exeter Cathedral has been managing and hosting the Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market on its Cathedral Green since 2017, and the event is becoming increasingly popular each year.

We were unable to hold the Market in 2020 because of Covid-19 restrictions. But in 2019 we welcomed an estimated 600,000 visitors to enjoy the festive labyrinth of winding lanes, lined with Bavarian-style chalets housing everything from global cuisine and pop-up bars to local traders and craftspeople selling unique gifts and decorations. All accompanied by a programme of live entertainment.

This year, we’ll have more than 90 traders spread across the wide open space of the Cathedral Green but we’ve also made some changes.

You’ll find a new layout to improve the flow and spacing of pedestrians, much wider paths between stalls, table service at the popular Cathedral Tavern bar and, of course, hand sanitiser stations.

The Market takes place entirely outside but visitors are welcome to explore the inside of the Cathedral (the admission fee has been waived for the duration of the Christmas Market).

Located in the heart of the city, Cathedral Green is Exeter’s ultimate location for Christmas shoppers and tourists.

It surrounds the famous landmark Cathedral –  itself a hub of festive activity, including carol services, concerts, events and tours.

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market was Best Event finalist at both 2018 and 2019 Exeter Living Awards, and its ‘Cathedral Tavern’ was awarded Best Bar.

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You can see a full list of our Market traders here.