Christmas 2020 wasn't the season to be jolly. It was the season to be cold, nervous and a little blue. So here we are, positive and hopeful that this Christmas will be a hell of a lot better, less Zoom and more IRL.

Matilda Sturley, the new Tat assistant, has researched the best Christmas markets, and with a bit of encouragement from me (her job depended on it), included The Interiors Boot Sale, which is a little less market and a bit more of a stellar jumble sale! Anyway, without further ado, here she goes -

The Hand Sale, Kensington

Take a trip to Kensington in November to discover a variety of hugely talented designers and makers at The Hand Sale. The bi-annual event will be packed to the brim of artisans at St Mary's Abbots Centre.

Opening on the evening of 24th November and then throughout 25th & 26th November, it's an excellent stop for original clothing, jewellery and homewares!

The Interiors Boot Sale

Sat opposite the northernmost reaches of Regent's Park this year, St Mark's Church will hold the second instalment of The Interior Boot Sale.

The Bible of British Taste & Tat have joined forces to host the second instalment of The Interior Boot Sale. This year's sellers include Luke Edward Hall, Mark Hearld, Jessica Hayns and many, many more. They will be clearing out their cupboards, ladening trestle tables and offering up a chance for you to find some real treasures.

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4th December, 10.30-4pm

The Kiln Room Christmas Sale

Supporting up to 100 up-and-coming makers and designers who work with ceramics, The Kiln Room Christmas Sale is the perfect place to pick up beautiful handmade pieces. Check out their studio members to see what's in store for the sale - I'm slightly concerned for my bank account!

What makes this Christmas sale an absolute gem is the free entry, and there's no need to book. Everything on display at the sale is, in fact, for sale, so travel to Peckham Rye Station and head over the road to Copeland Park for The Kiln Room Christmas Sale on 27th & 28th November between 10am-6pm.

Columbia Road Flower Market

Featuring one of the 2021 Tat Top Shop's, Straw, Columbia Road Flower Market will be providing more than its free and fabulous Sunday market this Christmas.

Best known for their floral offerings and superb range of independent stores, every Wednesday throughout December, the street will play host to Christmas festivities, including carolling, mulled wine drinking and a chance for a bit of late-night shopping from 5-9 pm.

Designer & Maker Fair, Charleston

Tucked into the sprawling South Downs National Park in East Sussex, Charleston is hosting their Designer and Maker Fair this November. It could just be the perfect chance to find unique and special gifts from 30 local designers, artists and makers who will be there to sell their creations.

Held in their Hay Barn with various outdoor stalls and activities, expect hand-thrown pottery, unique jewellery and colourful woven throws, along with other fabulous finds. Running from 27-28 November, tickets cost £5.

The Zero Waste Christmas Market

Returning to its pre-pandemic stomping ground, the Zero Waste Christmas Market will be back at Old Spitalfields Market this 27-28 November.

Offering a truly sustainable shopping experience that supports small businesses and conscious consumers. With over 150 sustainable brands showcasing their goods, from mulled-wine and cider to sustainable candles and circular fashion items, the Zero Waste Christmas market isn’t one to miss.

Get your bag-for-life ready as doors open at 10am-5pm on Saturday and 10am-6pm on Sunday.

Great Dixter House and Gardens Christmas Fair

Take a drive down to East Sussex for The Christmas Fair at Great Dixter House. They’ve invited local traders, artisans and artists to sell their wares this Christmas. The lineup is looking pretty special - dried seaweed art prints, woven baskets and hand-made pottery, to name just a few products on offer.

Don’t miss out on the talk by House & Garden’s very own Clare Foster with Andrew Montgomery, discussing their book ‘The Winter Garden’. Also scheduled is a talk by Amy Miller, discussing and signing her new book ‘Dressed to Kill’, in association with Rye Art Gallery.

The Christmas Fair runs from 27th-28th November at Great Dixter House and Gardens, East Sussex. Tickets are £5.