Tuesday, 21 November 2017

10 of the Best Dundee Festive Markets

The best festive pop ups, markets and fairs in Dundee for Christmas 2017

Christmas ads keep popping up on TV, festive songs are blasting from high street shops and decorations are starting to appear in people's windows - Christmas is most definitely on the horizon! It's a bit early for me to put up my tree, I like to save the decorating and Christmas film binge until December actually starts, but it's about time I got around to making my list and checking it twice.

Every year I try to shop small and buy as many of my Christmas presents from local designers and independent boutiques, and this year will be no different. My calendar is already filling up with fairs, markets and pop-up shops, so I thought I'd share some Dundee events that you might want to pop in your diary...

Light Nights Christmas Market
Slessor Gardens | Pop Up 24 / Market 25 November
I'm excited to see Dundee's Christmas lights getting switched on this weekend. There's something nice about walking along the high street with multi coloured lights twinkling above that makes the cold, dark nights much more fun. I'm also looking forward to starting my Christmas shopping at the market that will be happening in Slessor Gardens. It may be outside but I'll make sure to wrap up warm!

Wasps Studios Christmas Sale
Wasps Studios | 26 November
These artist studios are filled with local creatives making prints, jewellery, textiles, accessories, ceramics and more. Every now and then they open their doors and Christmas is one such occasion. There's always a really good variety of gift ideas available, from stocking fillers and cards to special jewellery pieces and show stopping accessories.

A list of the best Christmas markets in Dundee 2017
Tea Green Pop Up Boutique
The Stables at Taypark House | 30 November - 24 December
Tea Green have had a Christmas pop-up shop in Dundee for the last few years and it's always a great opportunity to tick some gifts off of my 'to buy' list. I love that it runs right up to Christmas eve for any last minute shopping I need to do. This year it's taking place at Taypark House. I've been meaning to check out this place for ages and now I have the perfect excuse!

CRAFTED Christmas Market
DCA | 2 December
Disclosure time - I work for DCA so I may be slightly biased, but I'm really looking forward to checking out this event. So much so that I'll be going into work on my day off to have a look round! There will be plenty of awesome makers (I've been scheduling the social media for it so I've had a good look) and I'm sure I'll be adding to my own Christmas wishlist at the same time as shopping for gifts.

Christmas Night Market
Duke's Corner | 5 December
Duke's night markets are pretty compact but they still manage to fit a lot in. They're one of the best fairs for food and drink based gifts, which always go down well with the guys in my family, plus there's usually lots of tasters on the go so I get to try before I buy.

Winter Market
DUSA The Union | 7 December
This event is happening during the day on a Thursday, which might make it a little tricky for me to get to, but I think it will be worth spending my lunch break checking it out. I always enjoy seeing what the art school students are making and it's a great chance to discover new designers and find some truly unique gifts.

10 of the best pop ups, fairs and markets in Dundee to help you shop small this Christmas
Dreamland Clothing + Vintage Christmas Open Studio
Wasps Studios | 8 - 10 December
A huge favourite around here at Wardrobe Conversations, Dreamland have one of the most colourful studios around and it's always a pleasure to get a peek inside. I'm expecting there will be plenty of sparkly party dresses to choose from.

Urban Market Christmas
West Ward Works | 9 - 10 December
Usually found in Glasgow, this will be Urban Market's first time in Dundee. From their Instagram feed it looks like they have a great selection of traders lined up, plus food, drinks and a supper club. I'm intrigued and can't wait to find out more.

Dundee Mini Make Off - Christmas Extravaganza!
Blackness Library | 16 December
As well as a pop-up shop, Dundee Mini Make Off offer workshops and a live making competition. A full on day of creativity? Sign me up!

Dundee Christmas Market
Steeple Church | 16 December
Last, but not least, this market promises local food producers, gin distillers, chocolatiers, bespoke jewellery and gorgeous gifts, as well as mulled cider and wine to enjoy while browsing.

Christmas shoppin in Dundee 2017

Now if that little lot doesn't sort out your Christmas shopping then I'm not sure what will! I can't wait to head along to these events, discover new designers and buy gifts from some of my favourite makers.


  1. This post will be really useful - I'll have to bookmark it so I can remember them in December. Thanks for sharing! <3

    G is for Gingers xx

  2. Well thank God you posted this. I was looking for something like this but couldn't find it anywhere. Thanks for letting us know about these. Appreciate your efforts.