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Coronavirus: How will it affect Christmas markets?

Will this years UK Christmas markets be cancelled due to the pandemic? Here’s everything we know so far…

City street with Christmas shoppers

As events are being postponed or cancelled across the globe to prevent the spread of coronavirus for around three months or even longer, what does this mean for Christmas markets which usually start in November?

Well, here’s what we know so far, the lockdown is set to last for a minimum of three weeks which will take us past Easter and into mid-April. If we look at other major entertainment and sporting events such as Glastonbury which has been postponed until 2021, could this mean large gatherings could still be banned? and will Christmas markets be cancelled?

Image of Christmas towns and citys decorating

Searching the internet, it seems markets are still planning on business as usual – phew! and there’s been nothing as of yet to suggest otherwise, however just to put your and our minds at ease, we’ve asked some of the major UK Christmas market organisers to share any details they have on this and await their response.

Susie Gray, Director of Edinburgh’s Christmas told us: “We believe that Edinburgh’s Christmas, still 8 months away, will be able to go ahead and are working to that end. The switch-on event will be on Sunday 15 November.”

Oxford Christmas Market told us: “In regards to current uncertainties surrounding public gatherings, there is, unfortunately, the possibility of Christmas Markets having to be cancelled. We will continue to monitor all UK government and Oxford City Council coronavirus response guidelines and will make a decision on cancellation when necessary. At the moment we are planning to hold the event, traders are currently applying. Of course, everyone is very much hoping that we can finish 2020 on a high, celebrating Christmas, getting into the festive spirit – and traders earning money as many shows and events across the country have been cancelled already until August. Fingers crossed!!”

Oxford Christmas Market
Image credit: Oxford Christmas Market

Although this is a time of such uncertainty there’s one thing we can rely on – Christmas will come around and we’ll make sure we’re still here to keep our festive friends entertained.

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