Christmas Markets in the UK
With stalls selling handmade gifts and heartwarming mulled wine, there are few more romantic date destinations than a traditional Christmas market. Once exclusively to be found in mainland Europe, you no longer have to cross the channel to enjoy a stroll amongst some seasonal stalls.
If you’re planning a different December date then why not check out one of our selection of top Christmas markets from around the UK?
Bath’s stunning Georgian architecture provides a wonderful backdrop to the city’s 18-day Christmas Market. Held between Bath Abbey and the ancient Roman Baths, the picturesque market consists of more than 170 traditional wooden stalls decked out in their festive best. Unlike most markets, a majority of the stallholders (70%) are from Bath and the surrounding region, meaning that shoppers will be helping to support the local economy.
When: 27th November to 14th December
The compact city of Winchester hosts an atmospheric Christmas market in the cathedral’s inner close. For the complete Christmas experience, couples can try their luck on the open-air ice-rink.
When: 21st November to 22nd December
Few people know that Birmingham is twinned with Frankfurt in Germany. While we may never know what Birmingham has given Frankfurt, what we do know is that the German city has helped Brum set up the UK’s largest Christmas market. Spanning New Street, Victoria Street, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square, the market has more than 180 stalls selling everything from knoblauchbrot to weissbeer.
When: 13th November to 22nd December
Scotland’s capital has not one, but three markets to choose from. The most romantic are the European Christmas Market situated below the mound, and the Scottish Market on St Andrew’s Square. The latter is the place to go for unique gifts such as hand-made jewellery and locally-brewed beer.
When: 21st November to 4th January
If you like a bit of a walk with your glühwein, then a visit to Manchester’s Christmas markets is a must. The nine markets are spread across the city centre, but are all within approximately a quarter of a mile of each other. The three hundred stalls sell everything from hand-made Belgian kitchenware to Hungarian goulash.
When:14th November to 21st December
The UK’s third largest city puts on a surprisingly modest Christmas market. Situated in Millennium Square, the Leeds market has just 40 stalls. But what it lacks in shopping options, it more than makes up for in entertainment. The Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery and the Frankfurter Scheune festive meeting hall provide music, sit-down meals and a uniquely German Christmas party atmosphere.
When: 14th November to 20th December
The medieval city of Lincoln is home to the UK’s oldest Christmas market. Established in 1982, the market started out with a meagre 11 stalls. It now boasts more than 250, and attracts more than 100,000 visitors.
When: 4th to 7th December
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