Christmas markets, whilst a relatively modern import from Germany, are fast becoming an institution of the British winter season. Who doesn’t enjoy sipping mulled wine under the bright lights whilst wrapped up from the cold in a wooly hat and scarf?
All across the UK there are Christmas markets to choose from this November and December. Some of these are well known, such as Manchester or Edinburgh, but don’t forget the lesser-known spots who really know how to get you in the festive spirit. To help you on your Christmassy quest for market-perfection, here are Snaptrip’s favourite Christmas market towns.
Winchester Cathedral in Hampshire provides a stunning backdrop for its Christmas Market, which is complete with an Ice Rink that is open whatever the weather. Each year more than 350,000 visitors come to explore the pretty wooden chalets and the unique gifts and treats that are on offer inside.
From 20th November to 22nd December
Bath’s award winning Christmas Market is a shopper’s paradise, with over 170 individual chalets offering all sorts of interesting gift ideas for friends and families. The market lines the streets surround the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, making it a beautiful choice for couples and friends alike.
From 23rd November to 10th December
The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is exactly what you would want from a festive celebration. Held within the grounds of the town’s illustrious castle, the weekend market features a Plantagenet Knights’ Tournament, a falconry display, as well as a collection of 10ft giants!
From 25th to 26th November
With its beautiful buildings, rich history and prestige, one could argue that Oxford is a magical place throughout the year. The city is on top form during the Christmas market season, as the historic backdrop is lit up with colourful decorations, the irresistible aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon and the familiar sounds of Christmas carols.
From 7th to 17th December
Lincoln’s Christmas market has grown dramatically in recent years, and now boasts over 250 stall nested within its historic medieval square. A city which traces its ancestry back over 2,000 years, Lincoln’s Christmas market is a traditional affair located between the impressive Norman castle and the spectacular gothic cathedral.
From 7th to 10th December
Manchester really embraces the festive spirit with stalls making an appearance across the city. There are over 300 stalls offering food from across the world, drinks and a selection of festive presents. If you’re seeking present inspiration you are sure to find something for your nearest and dearest here.
From 10th November to 20th December
Salisbury market can be found in Guildhall Square and is home to award-winning exhibitors. At this charming market you will be able to find delicious festive food and drink, as well as beautifully crafted items. If that’s not enough to entice you, there will also be live music, carol singing, and a lantern parade.
From 23rd November to 22nd December
Swansea City Centre hosts over 40 traders at their Christmas market, giving you plenty of goodies to choose from. From trying local specialities to enjoying a classically festive mulled wine or picking out beautiful presents; Swansea is full of Christmassy delights. If you have kids be sure to bring them along, Santa will be there at the grotto.
From 24th November to 21st December
Over 70 wooden chalets pop up in the centre of Chester, bringing merriment and festive cheer to the town. There will be a range of food, drink and gifts on offer; so you can treat yourself and your loved ones while getting in the Christmas spirit. There is also a grand Christmas tree at the centre, not to be missed.
From 16th November to 20th December
Bury St. Edmunds
The Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Fayre is a spectacle not to be missed. Here you’ll find over 300 stalls across the town with delicious food, drinks and gifts. If that isn’t enough there are also plenty of events and entertainment; from music to cookery demonstrations and a Santa’s grotto.
From 23rd to 26th November
Derbyshire hosts a wonderful Christmas market; home to a beautiful selection of goodies that will make perfect presents for your nearest and dearest. If you get peckish don’t worry, there is a delectable selection of edible treats as well as a tea room and Prosecco bar. A trip to the Derbyshire Christmas market is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
From 11th to 12th November
The Christmas market at Billericay has festive fun for all the family. For the kids there is a Santa Parade, donkey rides and kids fairground rides. There will also be entertainment and carol singing for all to enjoy. In keeping with traditional Christmas markets there will be a selection of crafts on offer, as well as plenty of food on offer from across the globe.
On 3rd December
The Christmas market in Cardiff is sure to put you in festive spirit, with over 80 wooden huts selling all manner of food, drinks and crafts. There’s a wide selection of items on offer, so you’re sure to find some goodies for the family here. There is also food to take home and share, as well as hot food to enjoy while you’re out.
From 9th November to 23rd December
Edinburgh’s market on George Street is a winter speciality. Home to wonderful treats and goodies you’re sure to find some delicious refreshments and Christmas presents for your loved ones. With a focus on locally produced items, this market is the place to explore some of the wonderful food, drink and crafts that Scotland produces.
From 17th November to 24th December