Christmas trading at St Nicholas Markets

Christmas trading at St Nicholas Markets

Our Christmas trading dates, what size stall you can choose and how to apply.

Applications closing date: 31 October 2021

St Nicholas Market is home to the largest collection of local, independent indoor and outdoor market traders in Bristol. 

Operating from a uniquely historical setting situated in the centre of Bristol, the market is widely recognised, as being a great example of a thriving and much-loved alternative retail destination.

This year the trading period for Christmas starts on Sunday, 12 December with the addition of 6 Fridays, 5 Saturdays and 6 Sundays starting from 14 November, in-line with the indoor market opening. 

The market will operate on:

  • Mondays
  • Tuesdays
  • Thursdays
  • Fridays
  • Saturdays
  • Sundays 

There will be limited availability for street food traders on Tuesday and Fridays.

Christmas trading dates 2021

COVID-19 precautions

The markets may be operating under COVID-19 secure measurements at this time.

See the COVID-19 Security: outdoor trading phase 1 document (pdf, 157KB) (opens new window)  for more information.

Dates available to book are:

  • Sunday, 14 November
  • Friday, 19 November
  • Saturday, 20 November
  • Sunday, 21 November
  • Friday, 26 November
  • Saturday, 27 November
  • Sunday, 28 November
  • Friday, 3 December
  • Saturday, 4 December
  • Sunday, 5 December
  • Friday, 10 December
  • Saturday, 11 December
  • Sunday, 12 December
  • Monday, 13 December
  • Tuesday, 14 December
  • Thursday, 16 December
  • Friday, 17 December
  • Saturday, 18 December
  • Sunday, 19 December
  • Monday, 20 December
  • Tuesday, 21 December
  • Thursday, 23 December
  • Friday, 24 December

What you get as a St Nicholas Market Christmas trader

Popular and unique location

St Nicholas Market, Bristol, is a maze of quirky stalls, street food and historic architecture located in the heart of the old city.

Due to the location and it being a tourist attraction we have a high footfall especially around the festive season. 

Christmas trading advertising

We'll be promoting and advertising St Nicholas Market on social media, press releases, flyers, posters etc.

As a stall holder you should also promote yourself but if you tag our social media accounts we'll like, favourite or retweet to ensure it goes out to our thousands of followers.  

Equipment and electricity access

A single stall has:

  • an 8 foot by 8 foot traditional market umbrella
  • two 6 foot by 6 foot tables

You can also apply for a double stall which has:

  • two traditional market umbrellas
  • four 6 foot by 2 foot tables

You’ll also receive:

  • access to free electricity
  • one car parking space close to the market and subject to availability

Costs of Christmas trading stalls

All prices are inclusive of VAT.

Non-food stall:

  • Week day: single stall: £35 per trade, double stall: £70 per trade
  • Saturdays and Sundays: single stall: £40 per trade, double stall: £70 per trade

Food stall: 

  • Week day: single stall: £40 per trade, double stall: £80 per trade
  • Saturdays and Sundays: single stall: £45 per trade, double stall: £90 per trade

We’ll require payment in advance.

Bookings are made on a first come, first serve basis with no refunds issued unless under extreme circumstances and agreed with by the Markets Office.

Apply for a Christmas trading stall

You can apply for either a food stall or a non-food stall.

You can then choose the dates you’d like to trade on if your application is successful.

Apply for a food stall

Apply for a food stall

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • details of your local authority food hygiene registration 
  • Level 2 in Food Safety certificate
  • digital images of your products

Apply for a non-food stall

Apply for a non-food stall

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • digital images of products

After you apply

We’ll get in touch with you within 10 working days to let you know if your application has been successful or not. 

We may ask you to come in to the Markets Office to meet you and assess the quality of your products.

If successful we’ll email you a link to our booking and payment system where you can:

  • choose the dates you’d like to trade on
  • pay your Christmas trading fee