It’s that time of year again and the countdown to Christmas has finally begun. Us Brits know how to celebrate and Christmas is no exception. It may be cold outside but there’s nothing like a warming glass of mulled wine and a mince pie to get you in the festive mood. So, if you’re crackers about Christmas or just need some inspiration for last-minute gifts, we’ve got you covered with our top 5 best Christmas markets in the UK, for a truly festive weekend break.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Best for: Christmas shopping
When: November 7th – December 23rd
Famous for being the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market has a lot to offer. With over 80 stalls ranging from decorations, jewellery, hand-crafted leatherwork and edible delights, there really is something for everyone. Have an amble down the German-style chalets and gaze at the beautiful Christmas lights. Had enough shopping? Grab yourself a weissbeer (and a hot chocolate for the kids) and enjoy the merry live music in Victoria Square.
Southbank Centre Winter Market
Best for: Festive food
When: November 8th – January 5th
An essential part of any Londoner’s winter calendar, Southbank Centre Winter Market is a festive celebration of cultures. Overlooking the River Thames, the Nordic-themed wooden chalets house an array of delicious street food that you just can’t turn down! The stalls range from Asian, Indian and Greek treats to the traditional German favourites. Warm yourself up with a mulled cider in the heated chalet booths of Bar Under the Bridge or tempt yourself to a venison hot dog at Jimmy’s Lodge. After your visit, why not catch a show at the Southbank Centre and make an evening of it. Or even better, extend your trip and have Christmas in the capital at one of our luxurious London holiday homes!
Bath Christmas Market
Best for: A weekend away
When: November 29th – December 15th
Situated in the romantic cobbled streets and nestled among the Roman architecture, the award-winning Bath Christmas Market offers a selection of locally made goods and cheerful entertainment. Want to make it even more special? Book a Bath Christmas Market Experience and enjoy a two-course meal, a wreath-making workshop and a two-hour session at the Thermae Bath Spa.
Edinburgh Christmas Market – East Princes Street Gardens
Best for: Families
When: November 16th – January 4th
It must be said that Edinburgh offers one of the most traditional surroundings for the festive period and that’s not the only reason it’s made the cut for our list of the best Christmas markets in the UK. Get the kids involved on the exciting fairground rides or take them for a magical visit to Santa’s Grotto. Or want to spice things up a bit? The Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar sits on the Mound and offers a variety of seasonal whisky cocktails to celebrate the traditional flavours of Scotland. If you’re looking for some family-friendly Christmas cheer in a picturesque setting then this market is the one for you! Why not treat yourself to a staycation at one of our delightful Edinburgh holiday homes?
St Nicholas Fair, York
Best for: Christmas crafts
When: November 14th – December 22nd
Voted the UK’s Most Festive City in 2017, York’s St Nicholas Fair is a must-see. Mosey on down to the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village to get your hands on some delightful Yorkshire crafted goods or feed your need for festive fun with a slide down the Helter Skelter. Then, head down to St Sampson’s Square rustic Yorkshire Barn and treat yourself to some hot chestnuts, washed down with a warming mulled wine.
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Now that you’ve had a taster of the best Christmas markets in the UK, why not book one of our properties and make it a Christmas getaway? After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! We have a variety of Christmas cottages and houses to choose from all over the UK. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our concierge team and we will be happy to help.
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