If you want to get into the festive spirit and start your Christmas shopping early, then we would definitely recommend a visit to one of the UK’s Christmas markets. They start opening throughout the UK from this weekend onwards. These are some of our favourites:
Bath is a lovely city in itself to visit with the beautiful abbey and roman baths to explore. The award winning Christmas market makes it all the more special. Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a shopper’s paradise with over 170 chalets packed with gifts. What makes Bath’s market extra special is that over 87% of the stallholders are local businesses. Each one is carefully selected. There are plenty of mulled wine and food outlets, Christmas carollers and even an ice rink. The market is open from 24th November – 11th December.
This huge Christmas market offers a range of gift and food stalls alongside a Bavarian village, Christmas circus, ice skating rink, funfair, Nutcracker on Ice, ice bar and Magical Ice Kingdom. There really is something for everyone. It is already open and sticks around until 2nd January from 10am-10pm.
York Christmas Market
The St Nicholas Fair lines the streets of York with snug wooden chalets selling unique gifts including jewellery, homewares, crafts, local wine and cheese, mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. The Shambles Market is also open daily so you can buy local Yorkshire produce for your Christmas dinner. The historic Minster is the breathtaking backdrop to all of these festive activities, offering carols and services for all. Open now until 23rd December.
Manchester Christmas Markets
This award winning Christmas market has been running since 1998 and over the festive season more than 900,000 visitors attend. There are several markets throughout the city, with over 200 stalls, from a German style market and French themed stalls, to arts and crafts and a world Christmas market selling an international selection of jewellery, leather goods and speciality foods. Open now until 21st December.
This quaint Cotswolds town is full of Christmas activities and events, from ice skating in the Abbey Grounds of the parish church to a lantern parade. Explore gourmet foods from the Charter Market, antiques at Corn Hall as well as clothes, accessories and crafts from festive chalets. Open on 26th November and 3rd – 4th December.
Oxford Christmas market is a Germanic event, specialising in local arts, handmade gifts and crafts with a particular emphasis on music performed by local brass bands and carol singers. The market and festivities take place at Oxford Castle so there is always time for some sightseeing too. Opens 8th – 18th December.
Edinburgh hosts a range of festive markets and fairs which take place until the New Year against the backdrop of the impressive Edinburgh Castle. Choose from the traditional German Christmas market, the Scottish market which showcases the best locally sourced food and drink, and St Mary’s Christmas market which features children’s activities and carol singing. Enjoy the light shows, theatre performances. fireworks, Santa visits, funfairs and Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink. Opens this weekend until 7th January.
This is the largest German market held outside of Germany and Austria offering a wide range of mulled wine, beers, meats, marzipan, pretzels and pastries. There is also a Christmas fare next door with various homemade gifts from local artists. Local musicians and schools participate on the central bandstand. Open already until 29th December.
Winchester Christmas Market
Winchester is an ideal location to escape from London and is often listed as one of the UK’s most attractive cities. The Victorian lanes are filled with stalls and become the perfect setting for a Dickensian Christmas. Located in the grounds of one of England’s most stately cathedrals the market offers food and drink, local crafts and also benefits from an ice skating rink. Opens this weekend until 20th December.