The best Christmas markets in the UK

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?

Waddesdon Manor

Christmas Carnival – Waddesdon Manor
From the 10th November until 2nd January, Waddesdon are hosting a huge Christmas Carnival. 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 trail and the marvel at the spectacular illuminated show created by the Guildhall School.

Our Aylesbury Travelodge is only 8 miles from Waddesdon Manor.

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Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland. Photo: Credit: Fanatic Creative

Christmas in London
Christmas will be celebrated in big ways all across London over the coming months, with seasonal excitement kicking off from now right up until January 2019. 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.

Stay in Central London to be in the heart of the festivities.

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Edinburgh Christmas Market. Photo: Iain Cameron

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 17th this year, 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.

Our Edinburgh Central Princes Street hotel is just minutes away.

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Bath Christmas Market
Regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK, this 18 day shopping extravaganza will make you 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 handmade artisan items, ideal for secret Santa offerings or
something for yourself. While you’re exploring the market, keep your eyes peeled for some some charming decorations transformed from recycled plastics.

We recommend staying at our Bath City Centre hotel.

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©Frankfurt Christmas Market Ltd: archive

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. 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.

Our Travelodge Birmingham Central Moor Street hotel is just half a mile away.

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Manchester Christmas Markets
Stretched  across multiple streets in Manchester from November 9th 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 be simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

Our Travelodge Manchester Central hotel will have you moments away from the festive action.

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Brighton Pier Christmas Market
Guaranteed to Brighton up your Yuletide celebrations, Brighton Pier’s Christmas market isn’t one to be missed. While visiting the coast during the chillier weather may seem a little off season, a trip to this south coast landmark is the perfect warm up for all your Scrooges with their 2 day extravaganza on December 1st and 2nd. Pop into Santa’s grotto and say “Hi”, or browse  the jam-packed stalls with refreshing beverages and opulent cuisine. There’s something for everyone, and afterall, what could be better than a little mistletoe and wine?

Our Travelodge Brighton Seafront hotel is just half a mile down the road from the Pier.

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