The best Christmas markets in the UK

When the cold weather and dark evenings come to bite, don’t get downcast. The pre-Christmas season is the perfect time of year to wrap up warm and head off to enjoy some seasonal cheer and festivities.

Here’s our pick of the nation’s best Christmas markets:

London Southbank Market

Positioned near the riverside on the Thames’ Southbank, this enchanting and bustling Christmas market is perhaps one of London’s best. Opening its door on December 1st until January 2nd, It draws hundreds of visitors every day thanks to its tasty food pop-ups, hand-made gifts, live music and adorable wooden chalets. Stay in our Travelodge Waterloo hotel to make the most of your visit.

Manchester Christmas Market

Get into the festive spirit and head down to one of Manchester’s 300 Christmas stalls, from November 10th until December 20th. Wander the chalet-lined alleyways and browse gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of tempting food. Grab a hot chocolate or mulled wine to sip as you walk and make sure to try the infamous bratwurst. Stay in any one of our hotels in Manchester.

Bath Christmas Market

From November 23rd until December 10th, the beautiful Roman city of Bath hosts this festive market. Browse the 170 chalets of local produce including unique handmade toys, candles, and even cheeses. If you fancy something a little different, head down to Victoria Park where you can ice skate or try the glow in the dark mini golf course. Getting hungry? The Lodge on Stall Street is packed with a mix of yummy food and drink to try. Stay in one of our Bath hotels and enjoy a festive break.

Birmingham Victoria Square Market

Set in the stunning surroundings of Victoria Square, this is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany or Austria, and one of the most famous English Christmas markets. From November 17th until December 29th you can pick up handmade gifts from local artisans, sample warming mulled wine and snack on delicious pastries. There’s plenty of local character – expect plenty of local participation from school choirs on the central bandstand. Book one of our hotels in Birmingham.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

From November 10th until December 17th, Millennium Square is host to a traditional German market known as the tongue-twisting Christkindelmarkt. Stallholders travel from Germany, offering traditional warming foods including schnitzel and bratwurst and there is even a traditional Bavarian band leading songs and bringing festive cheer. There’s fun for the little ones too – each Sunday you can attend a sing-along, balloon modeling, and games at the market square. Choose one of our Leeds hotels to make the most of your visit.

Cardiff Christmas Market

Take a trip to Cardiff and visit this extra special Christmas market opening on November 9th until December 23rd. Browse a wide variety of festive stalls selling artisanal products from Welsh exhibitors. The twinkling Christmas lights and alpine stalls will transport you and your family to a winter wonderland where you can warm yourself with a cup of mulled wine, sample hot Welsh cakes and buy traditional gifts. After you’ve shopped yourself out, why not take to Cardiff’s outdoor ice skating rink at the Winter Wonderland, only a short walk away. View our hotels in Cardiff to rest up after a long festive day.

York Christmas Market

Wrap up warm and enjoy the festive cheer at St Nicholas Fair Market which runs from November 16th to December 22nd. Wander around the traditional chalets on Parliment Street, St Sampson’s Square and The Judge’s Lodging where you can pick up beautiful locally-made Christmas gifts. Or simply take a break and warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate at Thor’s Tipi, back for a second year. Spread the Christmas cheer yourself and join in with an impromptu choir at Fountains Hall. Whatever your interests, York has Christmas covered. Stay in our brand new Travelodge York Central Layerthorpe hotel.

Santa Land, Edinburgh

Right in Edinburgh’s city centre, from November through to January, Princes Street Gardens plays host to the festive fun-filled Santa Land. A perfect trip for the little ones, they can enjoy fun fair rides, their very own toy market, and the Christmas tree maze. Of course, they’ll also be able to visit Santa Claus himself in his grotto. Venture out of Santa Land and follow the smell of mulled wine and hot crepes to the food stalls of the Scottish market on George Street or the European market on Mound Precinct. Stay in any one of our hotels in Edinburgh, a perfect place to rest up after a busy day.