Best Christmas markets in the UK

No need to wait for Christmas day to experience its magic! November marks the start of a highly appreciated festive tradition in Europe with the arrival of Christmas markets. These Christmas-themed street fairs, where hand crafted presents, handmade decorations, hot beverages, and exotic food can be found are definitely worth visiting. Originally from Germany, Christmas markets have managed throughout the years to spread to other countries of Europe, including the UK. Here are some outstanding national markets.


Bath Xmas Market (24th November – 11th December 2016)

Nested between Bath Abbey and Roman baths, Bath Christmas Market, composed of around 170 wooden stalls, is truly enchanting with its mesmerising light displays and jolly carols enlivening the busy streets. The majority of stallholders are businesses from Bath! There, a large array of Christmassy products, varying from traditional mulled wine and mince pies to wooden ties and handmade glass ornaments, is available for the greatest pleasure of visitors. Bath Xmas Market, comprising a Santa’s Grotto and a wonderful ice rink, embodies the traditional spirit attached to Christmas. (picture by Telegraph)


Leeds Christkindelmarkt (11th November – 18th December 2016)

Inspired by German culture, the 40 wooden chalet stalls inhabiting Leeds Millennium Square, are prestigious pavilions housing beautifully handcrafted toys, cheery Christmas cards, and Germanic culinary specialities such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, goulash, and schnitzels. Not only is Leeds’ main place joyfully invaded by Bavarian music, the British city also hosts a festive bierkeller. So if you cannot afford a trip to Germany to live an authentic Christmas market experience, Leeds appears to be the perfect alternative. (picture by Resort Guides)


Manchester Christmas Markets (10th November – 20th December 2016)

With more than 300 stalls spread across city centre, Manchester Christmas Market is one of the largest in the UK. From November, Manchester becomes the place where national and international producers meet to sell their fabulous festive products including handmade leather bags, adorable bonsai trees, fragrant French soaps, and Belgian kitchen utensils. This diversity is also found in the food offered on the gigantic and gleeful market. Whilst carnivores can eat Hungarian goulash and Spanish paella, meat free dishes are also available. (picture by Mike Peel)


Salisbury Christmas Market (24th November – 18th December 2016)

Salisbury is a graceful city which shelters around 75 pavilions offering fantastic goodies, stylish decorations, delicious drinks, and exquisite dishes. Resembling a magical Winter Wonderland, the medieval cathedral city is brightened thanks to lovely reindeers, live music and gleeful carols. Salisbury Christmas Market is also particularly known for its captivating and twinkling lantern parade. (picture by Wiltshire Council)


Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market (18th November – 20th December 2016)

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016, Winchester Cathedral German style Christmas Market is purely unavoidable with its unique homewares, wonderful accessories, tasty cheeses, and mouth-watering sourdough toasts. The main attraction of Winchester Christmas Market undeniably remains its impressive real ice rink which amusingly thrills children and adults whilst creating a magical ambiance. (picture by Winchester Cathedral)


Glasgow Christmas Market (10th November – 22nd December 2016)

In November, St Enoch Square becomes an attractive global affair centre with its stunning Christmas market. Whilst traders mainly come from the UK and European nations, others arrive from more unexpected places, such as Ecuador. This delightful combination of nationalities give visitors the opportunity to discover foreign goods peacefully cohabiting with national products, including mulled wine, German beers, mince pies and French crêpes. (picture by Telegraph)


Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market (10th – 11th December 2016)

Caerphilly Christmas market is the ideal event to take you back to the Middle Ages. Visitors are always amazed by the 100 stalls proposing atypical products like goat milk soap. In addition to the traditional Santa’s Grotto and funky street theatre, the medieval castle is a marvellous place to get totally immersed in the old times. (picture by Earthtorch)


Nottingham Christmas Market and Ice Rink Winter Wonderland (19th November – 24th December 2016)

This Victorian-style Christmas market shows off 2 huge covered winter bars where succulent beverages, including mulled wine, ales, spiced ciders, and soft drinks, are happily served to visitors in quest for some conviviality and warmth. Nottingham Christmas market is the epitome of the festive winter spirit with its imperial Christmas trees, religious Nativity scenes, sparkly lights, fun rides, and immense real ice rink. (picture by Telegraph)


Belfast Christmas Continental Market (19th November – 22nd December 2016)

Belfast Christmas market, occurring in the city hall near the luxurious gardens, is the most cosmopolitan fair organised in the UK! Gathering stallholders from abroad, Northern Ireland capital offers a stunning kaleidoscope of the world through culinary specialities such as Italian nougats, French tarts, and Belgian renowned chocolates. Meat lovers can also experience the taste of alligators and kangaroos! (picture by Frenchgirltravel WordPress)


Swansea Christmas Market and Waterfront Winterland (18th November 2016 – 8th January 2017)

The Welsh city is definitely the centre of amusement and laughter. Visitors can try intriguing specialities like seaweed gin and camel burgers, at the Christmas markets. Also, children and the young at heart will find happiness in ice skating and exciting rides, in the charming land conjugating the playfulness of the sea with the quietness of winter. (picture by Telegraph)

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