Our Joyful Celebration of the Festive Season

2nd & 3rd December – 10am to 4pm

Artisan Christmas Market at Chiltern Open Air Museum's Festive Weekend

See how we celebrated Christmas in the past, visit our Artisan Market, say hello to Father Christmas, help the Lost Elves, take a ride on a Festive Pony, enjoy festive tunes and tasty treats.

There’s fun for all the family with Christmas craft activities, storytelling, a puppet nativity show and festive ponies.

Father Christmas will be arriving in style and you can help the Lost Elves in an interactive immersive theatre experience throughout the weekend.

Our Winter artisan market will be full of handmade products made by local craftspeople – including jewellery, candles, natural dyed accessories, Christmas hampers, preserves and glassware – perfect for a bit of present shopping!


Embark on a whimsical journey with our enchanting pony rides, specially crafted for the delight of your little ones. Picture the joy on their faces as they experience the thrill of riding a gentle and friendly pony. £3 per ride – cash only. Our ponies are only little so they can only take up to 7 stone in weight.

Take a break in our heated picnic tent with local brewery Creative Juices and award-winning mead producers Afon Mel Mead Hall. Enjoy some tasty treats from Dotty About Cupcakes, Woody’s Wood-fired Pizzas, Barbarian Grill and our Village Kitchen.

Rickmansworth Players Choir, Jupiter Singers, Next Stage Choir, Chorleywood Community Choir and local opera group Vache Baroque will be performing to provide a joyous, festive atmosphere.

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What’s happening?

  • Help the Lost Elves get the presents ready for Saint Nicolas’s arrival
  • See some of our historic buildings decorated for the season
  • Meet costumed inhabitants in some of our buildings
  • Learn about how Christmas was celebrated in the past
  • Do a bit of shopping at our artisan food & craft market
  • Listen to some festive music from local choirs
  •  Festive pony rides (additional charge)
  • Watch a nativity puppet show
  • Take part in a children’s craft activity
  • Make some festive candles (additional charge)
  • Listen to some festive storytelling
  • Treat yourself to some festive food and refreshment at our café and food stalls

*Activities are subject to change

Premium admission rates apply. Free admission for Annual Pass holders.


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Stallholder applications

Are you a local artisan craft or food producer interested in having a stall at our market?

If you would like to attend, please read the details contained in our Stallholder Information Pack here and follow the link to complete and submit a Stallholder Application Form.

Due to popular demand, we have now run out of indoor pitches, so only gazebo and marquee pitches are available.