The Best Christmas Markets in the UK – Part 1

iStock_000022056721XSmallIf you’ve been counting down to Christmas 2013 since 27th December 2012 then rejoice – it’s now ok, nay; it’s expected of you, to get excited about Christmas again!

As the famous song goes, the next couple of months will be a mix of making a list, checking it twice, making sure you’re the right mixture of naughty and nice and gearing up for the festive period.

And what better way to get ready for your favourite holiday, tick off those last few tricky people to buy for and get a taste of the season with a glass of mulled wine than a Christmas Market?

Here are three of the best Christmas markets happening around the UK:

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds

Boy do the Germans do Christmas well and one of the best examples of a classic German festive market in the UK is Christkindelmarkt in Leeds.

Expect to see the twinkling lights as they hang off numerous wooden huts from a distance and join the throngs of wrapped up market-goers as they get into the Christmas spirit.

Enjoy some German sausages, try out the beer hall (it keeps you warm) and even try your hand at ice-skating at this fantastic market in Millennium Square. If you need somewhere to stay, try one of our Leeds hotels to sleep off the bratwurst!

Cirencester Christmas Market

If your idea of Christmas is like a scene from a Dickens’ novel then Cirencester Christmas Market could well be the festive tonic for you. Once you arrive it’s easy to see why the hotels in Cirencester are busy as the market is packed with the wooden chalets, fairy lights, food and drink you’d expect from a good day out at this time of year.

This traditional town is a beautiful example of Christmas done properly, so if you’re looking for a festive weekend away, look no further than our hotels in Cirencester.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Now to Scotland, which we all know is perfect for a festive setting as the nights draw in and Father Christmas gets closer. Nowhere is this feeling more prevalent than in Edinburgh, as the castle rears up behind you and lights twinkle in the sky.

You can enjoy the usual German fare including Gluhwein to ward off the cold while stalls sell everything from food to gifts. Check out one of our Edinburgh hotels to make a proper weekend of it!

So there we have it, three of the finest Christmas Markets the UK has to offer in part one of our festive series. There are plenty more merry markets to be explored and enjoyed, including a few famous omissions and some not so well known – we’ll be investigating all of them over the next few weeks.

Keep your eye on the blog for our next installment and dig out that woolly hat, scarf and gloves in anticipation of a trip to one of the UK’s most Christmassy locations.

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