It’s that time of year where our towns adorn themselves with bright lights and wooden market stalls, and the smell of mulled wine greets you at every corner. Are you a fan of Christmas markets? A lot people embrace just the atmosphere of the markets, even if they end up not buying anything! For me, I love seeing all the stalls, and feeling those festive vibes – even if all I return with is several large slabs of fudge. It was good fudge though, you can’t blame me! Anyway, I thought I would write up a list of some of the best Christmas markets in the country for you to have a look at, and hopefully find one close by!
The market at Bath is open for only a few more days! It closes December 9th so be sure to head there soon if you don’t want to miss out. They’ve got over 180 stalls for you to check out, and almost everything is made locally! When you’ve finished with the market, they have a nearby ice ring for you and your budding skaters to try out – and the Christmas Tree Carol Trail which is running until January 1st. Take your kids on the hunt to find the 10 decorate trees and guess the musical theme of each one!
Edinburgh’s market is running until January 5th, so lots of time for you to check it out if you’re nearby. There are so many fun things to do here, and definitely something for everyone. You can have a go on the big wheel and Star Flyer chair ride, or head to the Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar for whisky, cocktails or a hot toddie. There’s also a silent disco with over 60,000 lights synchronised to the music! Like I said, absolutely something for everyone to have fun with.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is open until December 23rd and is one of the largest German markets outside of Germany and Austria. Held in Victoria fair, you can experience a plethora of food – from pretzels to schnitzels – and enjoy the festive atmosphere of the market. There will also be a market outside Birmingham Cathedral this year, where your little ones can meet Father Christmas! The Cathedral market will be open until December 22nd but is well worth a visit too.
There are a lot of markets to choose from in Manchester this year, so be sure to check opening dates for all of them, but from what I can tell most should be open until December 23rd. They’ve got a European market in Albert Square and some French stalls in King Street. There are more stalls and food outlets in Exchange Square and Brazennose Street (which, sidenote, is an amazing name for a street oh man) Anyway, lots of things to try out in Manchester, and all guaranteed to put you in that festive mood.
Open until December 23rd, you can head over to St Enoch Square for some delicious food stalls, including hog roasts, crepes and a local crispy duck rotisserie, which all sound unbelievably yummy! There are loads of crafty stalls, local produces and even some fun rides to have a go on – so go ahead and enjoy!
You can enjoy the Cardiff Christmas market until the 23rd December and enjoy browsing the beautiful crafts and prints the have on sale, as well as all sorts of other products. There is also an ice rink and a funfair at the Winter Wonderland, and you can take the little ones to visit Father Christmas at the Castle!
I have actually visited Winchester myself (the origins of the fudge) and it is beautiful there! You can visit until December 20th and take a walk around the wooden stalls winding around the Cathedral walls. You can have a look at the different craft stalls, skate on the ice rink and have your picture taken in the nativity scene, which you’ll find at the end of the British Crafts Village.
There are plenty more Christmas markets to find and to enjoy – but hopefully at least one of these will be near enough to you for you to head out and enjoy with the family. Do let us know if you give one a visit – you can contact us on Instagram and Facebook. And be sure to like our accounts to be kept up to date with offers and deals!