It wouldn't be Christmas without a visit to a traditional festive market.

If you are stuck for gift ideas or just fancy browsing the stalls snuggled in your hats and scarves, there are lots of activities on offer in north east Hampshire and Surrey for all ages.

Christmas is a great time for crafts people to show off their products, so expect to see jewellers, painters, glass makers and textile artists selling unique gifts and decorations.

There’s also plenty of choice when it comes to food and drink. You’ll find chalets selling festive favourites such as mulled wine and cider, bratwurst, mince pies, stollen, roasted chestnuts, cheese and chutneys.

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November 14: The Wellington Centre is holding its first Christmas Fair and there will be many different stalls with gift ideas including candy floss, fudge, personalised gifts, jewellery, clothes, home fragrances and candles. Address: Victoria Road, GU11 1DB. Free entry

December 5: Treat yourself and find perfect Christmas gifts, cards, decorations, handmade gifts and crafts, confectionery and foods at Aldershot's Christmas Craft and Gift Fair. Open from 10am. Address: Opposite St Michael's Junior School, Park Church, Church Lane East, GU11 3ST. Free entry, refreshments and parking

Every Thursday and Sunday: Aldershot's weekly market sells local produce, clothing and gifts from 9am. Address: Union and Wellington Street, GU11 1DX. Free entry


December 6: An annual Christmas Cracker Fair at Alton Community Centre will boast more than 40 stalls selling crafts, homewares, gifts and treats.Santa's grotto, Santas postbox, mulled wine and mince pies wil be available too.Open 10am-4pm. Address: Amery Street, GU34 1HN


November 27: A Christmas fair in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home takes place at Shawfield Day Centre from 7.30pm-10pm. Come and grab a Christmas Bargain from one of the stallholders. Enter the raffle and win yourself a prize. Entry is free and there will be refreshments available for a small donation. Address: Shawfield Road, GU12 6QX


November 14: A Christmas craft fair takes place at Bentley memorial hall from 10am-3pm. Lots of stalls selling Christmas present ides and stocking fillers, including award-winning Jenkyn Place wine, Ellie and bed jewellery, Woo and Boo toys and gifts, Mollie's art, Usborne books, Tina glass forever living, green button gifts, house of gray owl, funky olive. Raffle prizes including Bombay Sapphire tour, children's party, and lots. Refreshments and hot dogs and soup available. Address: Bentley memorial hall, Bentley, Hampshire, GU10 5LD. Free entry


November 21: RSPCA Millbrook's annual charity Christmas Fair returns from 11am-4pm. There will be a Santa's Grotto (11am-3pm), raffle, tombola, Christmas cards, Christmas dog treats, cakes, refreshments, bric a brac and an equine stall selling all sorts of horse items. Address: Guildford Road, GU24 8EH. Cost: Donation on entry

Church Crookham

November 20: A Christmas style event like no other. Come along to be pampered, get started on your Christmas shopping and enjoy a wine tasting session. There will be more than 30 stalls and therapists. Open 6.30pm-9.30pm. Address: Tweseldown Infant School, Nepal Gardens, Queens Acre, GU528LL. Cost: £5 includes drink and nibbles

November 21: Safe and Sound Animal Care Christmas fete will take place at Church Crookham Memorial Hall from 12pm-2.30pm. Highlights include a lucky dip, pets corner, cakes, gifts, games, jumble sale and teddy tombola. Address: Sandy Lane, GU52 8LD. Cost: £50p an adult children free


December 5: The 33rd annual AWBS International women's club Christmas craft fair will be held in historic Founders Hall at Royal Holloway. Many stalls selling art, crafts, food, decorations, jewellery and more. Santa will be putting in an appearance. The charity event will be open 10am-4pm. Address: Egham Hill, TW20 0EX


November 21: Go as a volunteer or a shopper when Parity Christmas Fair returns to Princes Mead Shopping Centre. Money raised will support Parity for Disability charity. Address: GU14 6YA

Every Tuesday and Sunday: Farnborough's weekly market sells local produce, clothing and gifts from 10am. Address: Queensmead, GU14 7RT. Free entry


November 14: Offering everything from jam to jewellery and from wood-turning to woollens, the Rural Life Centre’s Christmas Craft Fair will have around 50 stalls. Open 10.30am-3pm. Refreshments available. Address: The Reeds Road, Tilford, GU10 2DL. Tel: 01252 795571. Free entry

November 14: Bells Piece Christmas Fayre will be held from 10am-3pm with a wide range of interesting stalls selling desirable gifts for Christmas. The Horticulture Shop will be open for business selling bedding plants, winter pansies, pots of bulbs, Christmas wreaths and decorations. Santa Claus will be in his grotto most of the day. Homemade soups, tea, coffee, cakes and hot savories available. Address: Bells Piece, Hale Road, Farnham,GU9 9RL. Cost: Adults £1, children free

November 21: Cats Protection Christmas Fair has been a successful event in the past, raising funds and awareness for the chairy. Held at the United Reform Church in Farnham, the event will feature hot food and drinks, cake sale, face painting, stalls selling Christmas goodies, raffle, teddy tombola, book sale and plant sale. Open 11am-4pm. Address: United Reformed Church (opposite Sainsbury's), South Street, GU9 7QU

November 22: Paxhill's Annual Vintage and Craft Christmas Bazaar returns with vintage items,wooden and glass crafts, unique gifts and collectables all under one roof. There will also be live music, mulled wine, mince pies, tea, cakes, hot dogs, pulled pork and a Santa's grotto. Open 2pm-5pm. Address: Pax Hill Car Home, Bentley, GU10 5NG

November 25: Come along to the Frensham Christmas Fair and stock up on festive goodies. There will be more than 40 stalls selling new gifts for the home, scarves, cashmere jumpers, toys, floral arrangements, paintings, candles and jewellery.The event will support Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice. Open from 11am-5pm. Address: Frensham Heights School, GU10 4EA. Cost: £3

November 28: Phyllis Tuckwell’s Christmas Fair will take place at the hospice building from 10am-3pm. It will offer Christmas gifts and crafts, cakes and refreshments, a raffle, quality bric-a-brac, Christmas cards, children’s and adults’ tombola and bargain jewellery. Entry is free and the hospice is a wheelchair-friendly building. Address: Waverley Lane, GU9 8BL

December 5: The Christmas Market at St Thomas-on-The Bourne returns for another year with unique and exciting stalls: Christmas gifts, bric a brac, woodland Santas, cakes, garden gifts, homemade preserves, books, tombola, raffle and silent auction. Entry donation of £3, children free. Open 10am-12.30pm. Address: Frensham Road, Farnham, GU9 8HA

December 8-9: With two days of festive fun and more than 150 stalls, Farnham Maltings Christmas Fair will be full of festive charm, specialising in bespoke gifts, handmade crafts, vintage finds, a food emporium and a bustling fair for all your Christmas gifts ideas. Open 12pm-9pm both days. Cost: £1 entry, under 15s free. Address: Bridge Square, GU9 7QR. Tel: 01252 745444

December 13: Don't miss Farnham Christmas Market under the town's twinkling Christmas lights. There will be more than 100 stalls offering festive treats plus Father Christmas and live seasonal musical entertainment from local bands, musicians and carol singing. Open 10am-4pm. Address: Castle Street, GU9 7JA. Entry: free


November 25: Fleet Christmas Festival features three stages packed with live music and entertainment, more than 100 Christmas market stalls, free children’s crafts, community stalls, children’s rides, street entertainers, donkeys and a winter Pimms and beer tent. Open 2pm-8pm. Address: Fleet Road, GU51 4PA. Free entry


November 29: Homemade gifts, cards, tree decorations, confectionery, jams and pickles on sale at Frensham Royal British Legion Christmas fair. There will also be tea, coffee and hot soup on the day. Proceeds to Macmillan nurses and Surrey Air Ambulance. Open 2pm-5pm.Address: Shortfield Common Road, Gu103BJ


November 26: A Christmas fair will be held to raise money to build a garden for severely disabled residents. Enjoy coffee and cake and buy gifts, books, bric a brac and items from a children's stall. The Good as New shop will be open for browsing. Open 10am-2pm. Address: Hydon Hill, Cheshire Home, Hydestile, GU8 4BA. Entry by donation

November 28 : At Godalming Christmas Festival families will be able to visit Santa's magical grotto, enjoy festive activities, browse more than 60 stalls full of Christmas gift ideas and enjoy delicious street food including hog roast, mulled wine and other festive treats. Open 10am-6pm. Address: Godalming High Street GU7 1AW.Entry: free


November 21: MacMillan Christmas Fair features Christmas themed stalls, Santa's magical ice grotto, a Christmas tree decorating challenge, mulled wine, mince pies and carols.Open 10am-3.30pm. Address: Grayshott Village Hall, Headley Road, GU26 6TZ. Cost: £3, children free


November 20-21: Guildford Cathedral Winter Market and Fair. Under a heated marquee will be more than 50 exhibitors selling bespoke Christmas gifts and decorations, chocolates, champagne, jewellery and accessories. Open 10am-4pm. Address: Stag Hill, GU2 7UP. Entry: Adults, £2; under-16s, free

November 22: St Peter’s School Christmas Fair combines old school traditions like a grand Christmas raffle, tombola and Santa’s grotto as well as 50 Christmas stall holders selling Christmas gifts. Expect to find yuletide candles, cookware, glass jewellery, handmade cards and decorations, cup cakes and cake pops, bags, hair accessories, handmade scarves, dog gifts, stocking fillers, shabby chic accessories and pocket money gifts for kids. Barbecue and refreshments also served. Open 12pm-3pm. Address: St Peter's Catholic School, Horseshoe Lane East, GU1 2TN. Cost: £2 per car

November 29: George Abbot School Christmas and Craft Fair will feature more than 50 gift and craft stalls. Raffle prizes include two iPad Minis as well as win your height in Domino’s Pizzas. Festive food and drink served all day. Open 11am-3pm. Address: Woodruff Avenue, GU1 1XX. Entry £1, children under 18 free

December 1: An early Christmas and Craft Market will be held at Guildford Farmers’ Market from 9.30am-4pm. Expect lots of local produce as well as festive treats and gifts. Address: High Street, GU1 3AJ. Free entry

December 5: Royal Grammar School host its annual Christmas Fair from 11am-3pm. There will be more than 40 stalls selling gifts, food, jewellery, clothing and beauty products. In addition, Santa will be making a much-anticipated appearance in his grotto and there will be games, refreshments and festive music from Guildford Rock Choir. Funds will be raised in aid of Christopher’s Smile, Prostate Cancer UK and United World Schools. All are welcome. Address: High Street, GU1 3BB. Free entry

December 11: The Christmas fair at Queen Eleanor's Junior School will feature a Santa’s grotto, crafts, barbecue and bar and lots of traditional fun fair stalls. Pick up cards, jewellery, cakes, cosmetics and more.Open: 6pm-8pm. Address: Queen Eleanor's Road, GU2 7SD. Cost: Adults £1 Under 16's free

December 15: An extra Christmas and Craft Market will be held at Guildford Farmers’ Market from 9.30am-4pm. Expect lots of local produce as well as festive treats and gifts. Address: High Street, GU1 3AJ. Free entry

Hartley Wintney

December 3: The Christmas High Street Market takes place between 4pm-8pm providing a wide variety of seasonal treats, local produce as well as regular High Street market stallholders. Open air 'Carols on the Common' led by St John's Church take place at 6.30pm on the common adjacent to the illuminated Christmas tree and the event concludes with fireworks at 8pm. Address: High Street, RG27 8NW. Free entry


December 5: A Christmas street market, funfair and live entertainment will take place along Station Road from 5pm-8.30pm. Be sure to arrive in time to see Santa open the festivities. He will be accompanied by stars from Aladdin, this years Fleet Pantomime. There will be performances from Hook Junior School Choir and local bands and street dancing from Basingstoke Academy of Dance, Happy Feet Dance Academy and Hook Morris Dancers outside Bell Cornwell Partnership. Don’t forget to visit a funfair on Crossways car park and pet the animals from Miller’s Ark outside Hook Barbers/Kingfisher Dry Cleaners. Address: Station Road, RG27 9HD. Free entry


November 19-December 22: Founded in 2006, the Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance. Plus there is an ice rink. Open every day, 10am-6pm from Sun-Wed and 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat. Address: The Close, SO23 9LS. Free entry


November 25-29: Craft In Focus is returning to RHS Garden Wisley to stage the UK’s leading popular Christmas craft and design fair. The event will be held in floored and heated marquees in front of the main entrance and features around 160 of the UK’s finest professional contemporary craftworkers and artists working in wood, glass, metal, textiles, ceramics and more. The craft fair opens from 9am each day. Admission is £9. Address: GU23 6QB. Tel: 0845 2609000


November 15: Woking and Sam Beare Hospices Christmas Gift and Craft Fair returns to Woking Leisure Centre from 10am- 4pm. More than 100 stalls will be selling everything from clothing and accessories, handmade gifts and arts and crafts. There will also be a Santa’s Grotto, Christmas carols, mulled wine and mince pies, a chocolate tombola and a Santa search. Cost: £3 adults, under 16 free. Address: Woking Park, Kingfield Rd, GU22 9BA

November 21-22: The Lightbox Christmas Fair features a variety of handmade crafts including jewellery, paintings, glasswork and ceramics, the annual fair is the ideal place to pick up original gifts direct from local artists. Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies while you are treated to two live performances by Ukeaholics. Open 10.30am-5pm. Address: Chobham Road, GU21 4AA. Entry: Free

November 25: A festive fair takes place at the Living Planet Centre from 4pm-7pm. Expect handmade gifts, Christmas decorations, cards plus organic health and beauty products. Listen to the choir from Lost for Words from 5pm-6.30pm. You can also sign up to adopt one of the centre's endangered species. Have fun creating your own penguin themed Christmas cards, suitable for adults and children over 4. Sessions run from 4pm-6pm. Address: WWF UK, The Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, GU21 4LL. Free entry

November 29: Meet The Christmas Makers event will be held at St John’s Memorial Hall. The public can meet creative folk in a fun, friendly atmosphere. Open 10.30am-4pm. Address: GU21 7SQ. Entry: Adults 50p and children go free

December 3: A Christmas market full of festive delights will take place at Sands at The Bleak House from 5pm-9pm. there will be handmade crafts, cakes, jewellery, card, jams, beauty gifts, a barbecue and ale tasting. Address: Sands at The Bleak House, Chertsey Road, GU21 5NL. Free entry

December 5: A Christmas market will be raising money for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St Peters from 9am-1pm. Stalls include handmade crafts, candles, Christmas cards, personalised gifts, jewellery, cakes, plus there will be a face painter, Santa's grotto and tea and mulled wine. Address: Scouts Headquarters by Woking Leisure Centre, Hoe Valley Community Building, Kingfield Road, GU22 9BA. Free entry and free parking


November 28: Once again Yateley Lions are organising the town's successful Christmas Market. It will be held at Church End Green in front of the Dog and Partridge from 3.30pm-6.30pm. There will be musical interludes, roast chestnuts, pork roast and crafts. The town mayor will switch on the Christmas lights and there will be community carol singing. Address: Reading Road, GU46 7LR. Free entry