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by Andrew Bartlett
Although originating from Germany, Christmas Markets have made their way across the Channel and have started to take over major UK towns and cities in recent years.
Bringing an array of stalls, selling everything from roasted chestnuts to Christmas tree decorations, going to a Christmas Market is a great way to really get into the festive spirit (even if it is only November!).
We have created a list of the best Christmas Markets in the UK that are not to missed!
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Winter Wonderland, London
Friday 17 November 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018
It’s no surprise that the free-to-enter Winter Wonderland has made its way onto our list of the best Christmas Markets. Situated in Hyde Park, its central location is perfect for a get together with friends and family.
Featuring Winter Wonderland ice-skating with live music, a large ferris wheel offering impressive views of London’s skyline, and hundreds of markets and food stalls, there is plenty to do to keep the family occupied! Make sure to visit at night time in order to see the sparkling lights against the night sky for a magical experience.
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Friday 10th November to Sunday 24th December 2017
Leeds Christmas Market is one of the largest and most well-established German Christmas Markets in the country. With traditional wooden huts selling everything you could ask for, including seasonal gifts and local Artisan produce, it’s a piece of Germany in the heart of Yorkshire.
Set in Millennium Square, there is also a traditional Christmas carousel ride and plenty of entertainment for the family, including Santa’s Christmas Breakfast where children can meet Santa and enjoy a German buffet breakfast.
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Bath Christmas Market, Bath
Thursday 23rd November to Sunday 10th December 2017
With over 200 traditional stalls selling handmade festive gifts, delicious Artisan food and beautiful Christmas decorations, and with over 80% of the products coming from the local area, the Bath Christmas market is truly wonderful.
When you shop at the Bath Christmas Market, you are also supporting all of the wonderful small business owners and the local community in true festive spirit!
Enjoy a cup of mulled wine and replenish your energy whilst wondering around this magical Georgian city which is brimming with history and culture.
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Edinburgh’s Christmas, Edinburgh
Saturday 18th November to Saturday 6th January
Edinburgh really comes alive during the festive season, and a visit to the Scottish capital is an absolute must! As well as Christmas Markets, there are rides and attractions, shows and free events for your family and friends to attend.
The market, in East Princes Street Gardens, has a great festive atmosphere and is brimming with traditional and bespoke Christmas crafts, gifts and decorations. There is also a Big Wheel offering a spectacular view of the city and a fun carousel.
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Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
Thursday 16th November to Sunday 24th December 2017
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a true sign that Christmas is right round the corner! It has gained a great reputation since its establishment 15 years ago, and attracts visitors from all over the country.
There are over 120 traditional stalls offering handcrafted decorations, toys and tempting food and drink. Visitors can enjoy a bratwurst washed down with gluhwein or a cup of warming mulled wine on a cold evening.
Taking place until Christmas Eve, it’s ideal for last-minute shoppers!
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Wednesday, 19th April 2023
Have you been considering visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland? If so, allow us to nudge you to make the right choice and get booked up, as below we share with you five reasons you MUST visit this beautiful region of Northern Ireland.
Monday, 21st November 2022
The best thing about visiting Glasgow is its mixture of beautiful natural scenery, peaceful and relaxing towns, and cities with a rich history.
The city itself may be small, but it has a lot to offer everyone. It’s time you visit Scotland’s thriving metropolitan area, where you can enjoy an exciting array of things to do and see. You may not want to leave once you’ve got there!