It’s that time of the year again when the UK’s most popular cities battle to see who can come up with the best Christmas markets. From gifts to delicious food and drink, this year’s Christmas markets are like no other. Take a look at our top 5 places to visit in the UK for a bit of seasonal cheer.
November to January (various dates)
The capital surely has plenty of choices to offer. Visitors can take their pick from several markets throughout London, from the traditional Southbank Centre’s Winter Market and Winter Wonderland’s market in Hyde Park, to smaller Christmas fairs and specialist festive shows.
Also, look out for special shopping discounts during Christmas lights switch-on events in shopping districts across London and enjoy your Christmas shopping at some of the best shopping places including Covent Garden, Oxford and Regent Street, Mayfair and Westfield.
November 10 to December 20
Manchester hosts several markets throughout the city, offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and handcrafted gifts in the heart of this buzzing city. With over 300 exhibitors occupying its chalets, Manchester’s sprawling markets attracts millions of visitors each year.
The Christmas market in Albert Square takes place between 10am to 9pm each day (except 20 December which opens 10am to 6pm) and all other Christmas market sites run from 10am to 7.30pm.
November 17 to December 29
Christmas is near, but the German Christmas markets are already here. Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the largest German Market outside of Germany and Austria that will never let you down. The market has run for over 15 years and is the centrepiece of the city’s Christmas events.
With a wide range of traditional goods and gifts such as handcrafted jewellery and bespoke decorations for your tree, the market surely has a lot to offer. There’s also a large range of classic food and drinks. Moreover, there is also live music to get you in an absolute festive mood.
November 10 to December 23
This year in Cardiff city centre, you’ll find more than 80 beautifully decorated wooden stalls in St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes. With over 300 talented artists and crafts people, Cardiff Christmas markets will surely offer you a unique festive experience like no other.
Beyond the market there’s a funfair and ice rink at Winter Wonderland, the Gruffalo will be putting in an appearance, and Father Christmas will ride through town in his sleigh, pulled by a team of Cairngorm Reindeer.
November 18 to January 7
Edinburgh’s Christmas is a spectacular, six-week season of festive entertainment in the heart of the city. The Scottish section brings to you traditional crafts and gifts, while the European part gives you a more multicultural feel.
Edinburgh’s Christmas takes place in St Andrew Square, East Princes St Gardens, George Street and Festival Square, and features fantastic shows in the new Festival Square Theatre, as well as ice skating, markets and rides, including the Big Wheel and the 60-metre Star Flyer, with breathtaking views over the city.
And don’t forget about Edinburgh’s Hogmany! No winter in the Scottish capital is complete without a visit to Edinburgh’s New Year Hogmany.
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