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The Best Christmas Markets Within Driving Distance of Ilkeston 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and Christmas markets are back in full swing. Across the Midlands, there are so many Christmas markets to choose from, all filled with festive food, attractions and gifts. 

We have compiled a list of 5 Christmas markets within driving distance of our Ilkeston dealership, ranging from 30 mins to 1 ½  hour drive. 


Nottingham Winter Wonderland 

Date: 15th November – 31st December, 2022

Where: Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2BY

Price: Free (some attraction require tickets)

Journey length: 30 mins (7.5 miles)

Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland is back for another year! For just over a month, ice skate on the 200m above crowd Sky Skate, enjoy festive treats and shop handmade gifts in the centre of the town. Rides and attractions at this year’s Christmas market include: Sky Skate, Ice Rink, Observation Wheel and Toboggan. There’s fun for the whole family. 

For more information, visit the Nottingham Winter Wonderland website. 

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Date: 3rd November – 23rd December, 2022

Where: Victoria Square and New Street, Birmingham, B1 1BD

Price: Free

Journey length: 1 hour 1 mins (51.1 miles)

The largest authentic German Christmas market, outside of Germany, is on! Known for drawing huge crowds from across the UK and Europe, the Frankfurt Christmas market is not to be missed! Open between 10am to 9pm, the market is filled with festive and authentic German food and live music, from various artists throughout the month including Lorna May and Billy Thompson. 

For more information, visit the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market website. 

The Mansfield Christmas Market 

Date: 26th November – 21st December, 2022

Where: West Gate, Mansfield, NG18 1RS

Price: Free

Journey length: 45 mins (18.6 miles) or 11 mins (2.6 miles) from our Mansfield dealership

Shop stocking filler and enjoy festive treats at Mansfield’s Christmas Market. Situated just outside Primark and M&S, the Mansfield Christmas Market has 15 chalets filled with everything you can think of including Christmas cakes, james & chutneys, jewellery, candles and so much more. 

For more information, visit the Mansfield Christmas Market website.

Matlock Christmas Market

Date: 17th – 18th December, 2022

Where: Hall Leys Park, Matlock, DE4 3SX

Price: Free

Journey length: 41 mins (22.3 miles)

Over 2 days, visit Matlock’s Christmas market filled with 170 stalls. With food, crafts and entertainment, there’s fun for the whole family. On Saturday 17th, see the Christmas light switch on, on the 18th, check out the fireworks display and meet Santa at his Grotto.

For more information, check out Eat, Drink and Seek’s website. 

Christmas in Cathedral Square

Date: 16th November – 18th December, 2022

Where: Cathedral Square, Birmingham, B3 2QB

Price: Free

Journey length: 1 hour 10 mins (50 miles)

Head to Pigeon Park (as known by the locals) for Christmas in Cathedral Square and shop christmas gifts and goodies with over 50 independent traders. Check out some of the city’s most talented arts and crafts, food and drink vendors in a prime location.

For more information, check out Colemore Business Direct’s website.


And there you have it: 5 Christmas markets within the midlands that are within driving distance. Enjoy all the festive food and activities. Merry Christmas and a happy new year from the Ron Brooks team! 

If you are looking to buy a new or used car this festive period, we have changed our opening periods during Christmas for both our Ilkeston and Mansfield dealerships. View our opening times over the Christmas period