It’s that time of year again, the nights are drawing in earlier and there’s a chill in the air. You don’t have to travel to Strasbourg or Brussels to find a great Christmas market, the UK has some of its own amazing markets and a Christmas market break is a great way to get you in the festive spirit. So embrace those woolly jumper days as we’ve picked out the best Christmas Markets that the UK has to offer!
Why not visit the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria? Explore over 180 festive stalls in Birmingham’s Victoria Square. Selling everything from decorations to jewellery, handmade toys to delicious German food. Next to the Frankfurt Christmas Market, you’ll find the Christmas Craft Fair, where local traders offer beautifully hand-crafted items. Don’t miss out on the fabulous Christmas atmosphere that these two events bring!
Choose from several markets throughout the capital, from large German Christmas markets to smaller Christmas fairs. Enjoy the festive extravagance of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland or experience the magic of winter at the spectacular Natural History Museum Ice Rink. Shop for seasonal gifts at the Chelsea Physic Garden Christmas Fair or get creative at one of the festive workshops available at the Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia.
Seen as the ‘Christmas Capital of the West’, Bath is the ideal city to visit to get yourself in the joyful Christmas mood. The market is home to 150 individual wooden chalet style stalls, each offering unique, handmade and unusual gift ideas, brilliant decorations and festive food items. Choose from ice-skating in the crisp winter air or enjoy breath-taking views of the twinkling city whilst bathing in warm spa water.
With a host of festive markets and fairs to choose from, Edinburgh offers a magical backdrop for Christmas shopping and winter events. Browse the Christmas markets on Princes Street and St Andrew’s Square to find perfect and unique festive gifts. A trip to Edinburgh at this time of year is not complete without a visit to the Scottish Market, showcasing the best food and drink that Scotland has to offer.
At the heart of the city, you’ll find the Cathedral Green. This is where Christmas is brought to life by the stunning Market, offering everything you would need for a perfect Christmas celebration. Showcasing the best of the South West, Britain and Europe, the stalls offer great food, excellent crafts, unique gifts and decorations. Christmas buzz is created across Exeter thanks to the iconic Cathedral being home to such a spectacular event.
Each year, Manchester’s city centre is transformed to provide an unrivalled festive experience. The award-winning Christmas Market provides the best opportunity to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. Take in the picturesque streets and squares as you follow the market trail through the city centre. Choose from 300 stunningly fashioned stalls, offering a range of local and European gifts, crafts, jewellery and much more!
If you’re looking for a little piece of Germany in the UK, the Christkindlemarkt in Leeds is the answer. One of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, Christkindlemarkt offers traditional wooden stalls from authentic German traders, a unique continental festive atmosphere and a Christmas carousel ride. Offering speciality foods and traditional German delicacies, you won’t struggle to get into the Christmas spirit!
You can choose from two markets in the Christmas city of Cardiff. Over 80 arts and crafts stalls transform the pedestrianised streets of the city centre into a magical Christmas experience. Visit the Winter Wonderland and take a ride on the funfair or enjoy skating on the open air ice rink. The Cardiff Bay Christmas Market offers live entertainment and festive workshops, and why not take a trip to see Father Christmas?
It’s never too early for a bit of Christmas spirit, so book your Christmas Market break today!