It’s ‘lights, carols, action’ as the nation prepares for the most wonderful time of the year, full of feasting on festivity and shopping til they drop. So, to gear up for this gift-filled event, why not take a look at our list of the best Christmas markets in the UK?
Christmas Carnival – Waddesdon Manor
From the 16th November until 5th January, Waddesdon are hosting a huge Christmas event. Peruse a plentiful supply of festive crafts and treat your senses to the tastes and smells of locally sourced food and drink from over 80 specially selected exhibitors. As the evening draws in, wander the ‘Light in Motion’ trail and the marvel at the festive feast of light and colour taking place around the grounds of the house and the Stables. Early birds can pre-book for a look around the house where there are Christmas trees aplenty with lots of intricate festive decorations that create a spectacular seasonal environment.
Christmas in London
Christmas will be celebrated in big ways all across London over the coming months, with seasonal excitement kicking off from 21st November right up until 5th January 2020. From Hyde Park’s well-loved Winter Wonderland complete with splendid ice sculptures and seriously cool performances, to Leicester Square’s mouth-watering edible wares and unique trinkets, there’ll be no shortage of fun on offer. You can even visit Father Christmas himself at his grotto and sing and dance along with the Christmas cabaret.
Christmas Market – East Princes Street, Edinburgh
From mid-November until the New Year, East Princes Street is transformed into a Christmas market marvel. Starting on the 16th November and carrying on right through to 4th January 2020, dozens of stalls will be offering everything from perfect prezzies to captivating art and scrumptious snacks to scoff. Whatever you love about the season, this Christmas market is sure to cater for you.
Christmas in Bath
Bath will be celebrating the festive season wholeheartedly this year with 18 days full of seasonal fun. spectacle and of course, shopping. You may even wish it was Christmas every day. Over 180 beautifully decorated stalls will be set up to offer visitors oodles of sumptuous delights from homemade produce, to Glow Golf and ice skating at Victoria Park, Christmas Carols at Bath Abbey and a giant snow globe Southgate shopping centre- what more could you ask for?
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
The Frankfurt Christmas market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria and is a firm annual favourite among residents and visitors alike. Right now up until 23rd December you can top up on the tempting traditional goodies and flavoursome fare on offer from pretzels to bratwursts as well as Weisbeer (wheat beer) to toast the festivities. In addition to the enticing goods, there’s a bandstand, giant Santa and nativity scenes to kick-start your awesome advent period.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Stretched across multiple streets in Manchester from now until December 22nd, the Christmas market will be on hand to give everyone some festive cheer. You can expect an eclectic mix of warming mulled wine, an ice village at Cathedral Gardens, fun rides for the kids (and adults too) and more welcoming wooden huts than you can shake a snowglobe at. Add into the mix Santa’s grotto and an ice skating rink and you will simply be having a wonderful Christmas time.
Christmas in Nottingham, OLD MARKET SQUARE
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The festive season has arrived in Nottingham with Winter Wonderland opening its doors. There’s plenty to see and do! Explore traditional chalet stalls selling tempting confectionaries, the Helter Skelter bar serving steaming cups of mulled wine, fairground rides and of course, a traditional 60ft Norway spruce Christmas tree, adorned with 4,000 red and white lights. Amongst this year’s new attractions are the Après Ski Bar, the 33m observation wheel and an igloo village in Trinity Square – through a Christmas tree lined entrance…a winter wonderland awaits, with garland covered timber structures housing a festive bar and seating areas. A mix of alpine igloos pods and standing barrels provide the perfect pause whilst Christmas shopping. Grab a mulled wine or hot chocolate and blanket to cosy up in your very own igloo for a unique experience.
Winchester welcomes back Christmas, WINCHESTER
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in England’s ancient capital. Winchester is getting all dressed and ready to welcome visitors to celebrate this joyful season. Where better to enjoy some Christmas cheer than in the country’s most festive city and across our rural historic market towns.
With history at every turn in Winchester, you can imagine yourself in Christmases past, and you could even uncover a dinosaur at Winchester Science Centre! There is also a chance of seeing Santa and wild and rare animals at Marwell Zoo. Entertain the whole family with a traditional Christmas panto at Theatre Royal Winchester. This year they bring you Aladdin, with magic, mirth and mayhem abound. Keep all ages entertained as you wander around the festive city and look out for 10 giant Gingerbread characters with a chance to win a hamper of delights.