German Market & Christmas Fair

Thursday 16th September to Thursday 23rd December 2021

You do not need to have tickets to visit the German Market during the week or at weekends. 

Our German Market will be open every day from the 16th September until 23rd December 2021. 

German Market Logo Image

The German market also hosts more than 30 stalls, festooned with delicately crafted Yuletide gifts, from Christmas ornaments, candles, authentic cuckoo clocks, traditional Christmas fare and

 beautiful handmade woollen hats and gloves; there really is something for everyone. All of our stalls are hand-made on site by Roland Smith and every year we go out to Germany to source products you would usually see in German Christmas markets to make your experience as authentic as possible.

The German Market really is a feast for the senses which is sure to get you in the mood for the holiday season.

This festive season, we have also introduced gluhwein to take home to enjoy, gift-packed authentic German beers, our now fairly famous Kurz and Lang bratwurst sausages to take home and enjoy and even stollen advent calendars!

We hope you enjoy the German Market this year.


An Evening at Meadow Croft's German Market 2021 

Enjoy the German Market by night and browse the magnificent stalls whilst sampling the famous Gluhwein, German Beers or Bratwurst. 

Thursday 4th November 2021 & Thursday 25th November 2021


For those that have purchased parking tickets - the price of the ticket WILL BE REFUNDED against any purchase on the night! So keep it safe & remember it on the night.

Please ensure you have purchased your car parking ticket before the event.

No Ticket - No Entry. 

The Garden Centre & Resturant will be open as normal during this event. Closing time will be 9pm. 

Come and enjoy the festive atmosphere!






The German Market is free to attend and is open 7 days a week during our opening hours which can be found at the top of our website.

Hot food is served in the German Market from 10am - 4pm daily and you can enjoy freshly-made belgian waffles, bratwurst, kaesewurst and sauerkraut. Thicc German Sausage

We also have a dedicated confectionary stall where you can enjoy a huge range of our now famously-popular schokokusse, or 'chocolate kisses'.  Every year there are more new flavours to choose from.

We also serve German bottled beers, our delicious homemade spiced apple drink and of course, gluhwein!

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Frequently Asked Questions


To help you enjoy our market, here are some frequently asked questions.  Please note we do not accept any dogs except assistance dogs into the garden centre.

Is it free entry?
Yes it is free entry.

Do I need a ticket to visit during the week or at weekends?
No, you do not need a ticket to visit during the week or at weekends. You only need a ticket for our late night openings on 4th November & 25th November. 

Is the market undercover?
Yes, the market is held in our main greenhouse, where you can enjoy 26 stalls filled with Christmas gifts and foods whilst you enjoy a gluhwein, and there is also the rest of the garden centre to enjoy, including our beautiful Christmas department, fresh Christmas trees, our on-site restaurant and a mini-golf course too.

What are your opening times?
You can find our opening times listed just above our FAQ.

Do you accept card payments?
Yes, all goods, including those from the German Market stalls can be paid for at our main tills, with the exception of the hot food stall in the market, all food and drink purchased there can be paid for on the stall.

Where are you based?
We are in Battlesbridge, but not near the Antique Centre.  Please use our postcode in your satnav to locate us SS11 7QU.  We are located on the same road as Call of the Wild Zoological Park (Opening Spring 2022), formally known as Tropical Wings - Woodham Road, which is located just off the Rettendon Turnpike.

Do you have car parking?
Yes, we do.

Are you wheelchair friendly?
Yes, we are and we do also have a limited number of disabled bays.  During weekend visits, if one is not available, please let one of our parking attendants know and they will do their best to accommodate you.

Do you allow dogs?
For the safety and hygiene of staff and visitors, we only accept assistance dogs and guide dogs into the german market & garden centre. You can read more on our Dog Policy here.

Do you accept coach parties?
We can accept mini bus and coach parties Monday to Friday, we are unable to accept parties of this nature on weekends.  To enjoy the market at it's best, we advise visit lengths to be between 2 and 3 hours maximum.  Please call 01245 320314 at least 48 hours before your arrival, so that we can arrange suitable parking. Alternatively, you can email

**Please note, if coach parties are not pre-booked and we are not able to make suitable arrangements for large vehicles within our car park, you may be at risk of being unable to visit the market.  Please pre-book your coach party in advance of travel to ensure suitable parking arrangments are available.**

How the Meadow Croft German Market Began

The German Market was established in 2015 with a handful of stalls displaying carefully selected authentic produce.  Born from an idea to do something 'different' at Christmas, the first German Market evening and indeed the market itself was a huge success and has been growing ever since.  Now with more than 25 stalls and running throughout November and December, the German Market is a great way to while away an afternoon with a warm gluhwein, whilst leisurely browsing the stalls.

Every year we go out to Germany to find new crafts and suppliers and many of the products on our stalls are hand-produced by local craftsmen, whom we’ve met personally.  We visited a town in the Erzgebirge region this year called Seiffen…..a tiny town where Christmas isn’t a one-day affair but carries on all year! All of the craftsmen we met work in garden workshops handed down from generation to generation.  It’s amazing to watch the tiny handmade pieces come together to make something like a Christmas Pyramid or a tiny wooden smoker and the craftsmanship and detail are amazing. 






The German Market in the News

Our market has been featured in the following publications, websites, blogs and Youtube channels.  Thank you so to everyone who has taken the time to write, blog or vlog about our market.


In the News 2021

Christmas Markets in Essex this year - Passport Stamps UK

Huge German Market to open next week - Essex Live

Meadow Croft to open festive fare next week - Echo Newspaper 

Radio 1 BBC Newsbeat - German Market Opening & the release of covid Winter Plan

Inside Essex's first Christmas Market already open - Essex Live

Christmas & Festive Markets in Essex - Saffron Walden Reporter

Christmas Markets in Essex - Great British Life

Live from the German Market - Essex Live 

Meadow Croft to host evening events for German Market - Echo Newspaper 

The magical Christmas Market 50 minutes from London - MyLondon 

Live from the German Market - Essex Live

Hope Woolston visits the German Market - Essex Live 


In the News 2020

Essex's Biggest German Christmas Market issues update amid Covid-19 Crisis - Essex Live

Meadow Croft Garden Centre Re-open German Christmas Market - Essex Live 

Keeping safe means changes to our German Market - BBC 


In the News 2019

The biggest German Christmas Market in Essex is returning for it's fifth year - Essex Live

Meadow Croft German Christmas Market - Eat Drink Seek 

Christmas Market in Essex - Great British Life

Meadow Croft Christmas Market - Beauty and The Book Shelves Blogmas 

Best Christmas Markets and Fairs across network - Greater Anglia


In the News 2018

You can read an exclusive report from Essex Live about our German Market here

20 Christmas Markets to Enjoy in Essex - Essex Life Magazine

The Best Christmas Markets in Essex 2018 - Eastlife

The best Christmas Markets and Fayres in Essex 2018 -

Ten Things to do in Essex -

The Best Christmas Markets in Essex - Eastlife

Feature blog post - Like, Love, Do

German Market Boom - Horticulture Week

Things to do in Essex this Season - Londonist

The Best Christmas Markets in Essex and London - Exquisite Concierge

Youtube Vlog - Meet you at Main Street

A Family Adventure - Now That's Just Gay


In the News 2017

 12 Christmas Markets to Enjoy in Essex - Essex Life Magazine.

The Best Christmas Markets 2017 - Eastlife

10 Things to Do in Essex this Christmas on Heart Essex

The Best Christmas Markets Essex & London Have to Offe - Exquisite Concierge

Featured in the Little Miss Eden Rose Blog

Featured on Essex Live

And a Facebook live from Essex Live

Some of these pictures have been reproduced with the kind permission of Essex Live