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 right on your doorstep 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!
This years opening times are:
12 November – 22 December, Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square & Chamberlain Square, 10am -9pm
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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.
This years opening times are:
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park – Friday November 20 2015 – Sunday January 3 2016 (See website for exact opening times)
London South Bank – Friday December 4 2015 – Monday January 4 2016 from 10am to 11pm
Barcbican Christmas Market – Saturday December 12 2015 – Monday December 21 2015 (See website for exact opening times – http://www.barbican.org.uk/)
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.
This years opening times are: Thursday 26 November – Sunday 13 December. (See website for exact times)
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.
This years opening times are: 20 November – 4 January (See website for exact times – http://www.visitscotland.com/see-do/events/winter-festivals/edinburgh)
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!
This years opening times are: Saturday 14th of November – Monday 21st of December(Albert Square is open from 10am to 9pm daily)