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The Best Christmas Markets in the UK

Andrew Bartlett by Andrew Bartlett

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The Best Christmas Markets in the UK

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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Christkindelmarkt, Leeds

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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