We’re not shy in admitting that one of our favourite things about the festive period is embracing the cold, getting in all of our winter gear and attending a Christmas market.
With the smell of mulled wine and mince pies and the array of potential gifts available, visiting a Christmas market is a must to get you in the festive spirit.
Wherever you live in the UK, a Christmas market isn’t far away, and we’ve complied our pick of some of the best festive markets to visit this December.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market has been a key part of Birmingham’s festive celebrations for the past decade, and claims to be the largest outdoor Christmas market in Britain.
Set in Victoria Square and stretching to Centenary Square, pretzels, schnitzels and mulled cider are the name of the game if you’re looking for something tasty to try. Alternatively, you can peruse the 180 stalls for a variety of hand-crafted gifts for your loved ones, or try the outdoor ice-skating rink in front of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
The pedestrianised walkway linking the different markets is succinctly done, creating a great village atmosphere in the heart of the city.
Opening dates: November 13th – December 22nd
Wrexham, a pretty market town in the heart of Wales, has been recognised as a bit of a property hotspot in recent years. In this increasingly populated town more and more people are attending the various annual Christmas markets.
The one that gets the highest attendance is the Victorian Christmas Market, a one-day market where 80 stalls along the quaint Church Street and inside St Giles’ Church sell a range of fabulous goods. There are stocking-fillers aplenty here, with a variety of clothes, accessories and local produce for sale. The locals often like to join in with the carol singing, too!
Opening dates: December 11th
If you’re looking for a large scale Christmas market, then where better to visit than the capital itself? There are two main festive events to choose from; either Hype Park’s Winter Wonderland or London’s Southbank.
Winter Wonderland is ideal for families with children, thanks to its array of large big top shows, observation wheel, rides galore, superb ice rink, and of course the all-important market. However, while it’s free to get into the park, attractions are pricey so bear this in mind, otherwise you might end up going home penniless!
Opening dates: November 21st – January 4th
Meanwhile at Southbank you will find a range of authentic market stalls full of festive gifts and a selection of seasonal food offerings. Heading to the Southbank is a great alternative to Winter Wonderland. Here you will find a more relaxed atmosphere, with live music often played to the crowds too.
Opening dates: 20th November – 24th December
Each year Bath, home of one of the UK’s leading universities and an extremely popular place to move to, holds a fantastic Christmas Market. This beautiful city is transformed into a magical festive paradise, with 170 chalets bursting with superb Christmas gifts. These chalets line the streets surrounding the iconic Roman Baths and Baths Abbey.
Opening dates: 26th November – 13th December
All of the aforementioned Christmas Market locations will be a sure-fit hit for anyone looking to embrace the festivities over the coming weeks. Whether you’re a resident or visitor to these areas, looking for a large market or one of the quainter variations, there’s something to please everyone this Christmas.
Let the countdown to Christmas begin!