Christmas is coming to town! Discover the best Christmas markets in the most beautiful destinations in the United Kingdom. Enjoy their Christmas decorations, their beautiful Christmas trees, the best places to find original Christmas gifts for the whole family in the best Christmas destinations in the United Kingdom.
Make the whole experience a Christmas to remember with a visit to the markets and perhaps a Christmas show or event and overnight in your favorite city.
BATH: 26th November – 13th December
This 18 day Christmas shopping extravaganza in Bath is regularly voted as one of the most popular Christmas Shopping events in South West England. The market consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.
Every year there are lots of new and exciting stallholders offering a wide array of unique high-quality artisan products in keeping with Baths’ Christmas Market tradition of being distinctively British, each chalet sells a variety of high-quality artisan products. Over 70% of stallholders are businesses from surrounding areas around Bath and Bath itself – a city that boasts a unique mix of independents, designer boutiques and high street brands. 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the UK.
A perfect and magical setting for a Christmas Market set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey the Bath Christmas Market creates a romantic atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK.
BIRMINGHAM: 12th November – 22nd December
Birmingham offers the largest authentic Christmas German market outside of Germany and Austria, with millions of visitors every year. Combining the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Craft Market, the market has grown to over 180 stalls. The Markets cover New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square.
The Birmingham, Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewelry, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while the Christmas Craft Market offers handmade crafts, soaps and candles made by local artisans, and a wide range of unique and quirky items imported from around the world.
Ideal for all the family, make it a day with a visit to the Markets and then enjoy a visit to the Ice rink and the Ferris Wheel.
GLASGOW: 13th November – 20th December
Glasgow Christmas Market in St. Enoch Square is the perfect place for a Christmas shopping visit- a city center filled with a backdrop of festive glittering lights offering stylish shopping, great restaurants and a jam-packed events program.
The much-loved Glasgow Christmas Markets will be sure to please with a variety of colorful stalls. Whether shopping for a special gift or looking for a bite to eat, the Market offers a selection of unique gifts, hand-crafted products and cuisine from around the world set in a village of festive rustic cabins and stalls.
LEEDS: 13th November – 20th December
At Christmas time the Millennium Square in Leeds City Center transforms into a scenic winter village, with more than 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls decorated with festive greenery and glittering colorful lights, themed indoor venues and a traditional Christmas carousel ride.
A continental style festive shopping experience with a variety of gifts offering toys, jewelry, Christmas cards and unique festive decorations. Enjoy a range of seasonal food and drink as you take in the delights of the market. Traditional German delicacies are also available including gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits.
LONDON: 20th November – 3rd January
Christmas in the UK wouldn’t be complete without a visit to London’s spectacular Christmas destination – Hyde Parks’ Winter Wonderland. The Park offers winter festivities – something for everyone with FREE admission and a wide array of entertainment offering more than 100 rides and attractions.
For Christmas shoppers, the traditional German Christmas market offers over 200 chalets and the Angels Christmas Market offers unusual handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewelry, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
MANCHESTER: 14th November – 21st December
The original Christmas Markets in the UK started in 1999, and arguably have become the biggest and best in the country with over 9 million visitors a year the Manchester Christmas Markets are the ideal festive outing.
Offering over 300 beautifully crafted stalls with mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the bustling city center. Spread across 10 different sites – each with its own unique character – the Manchester Christmas Markets have something to offer everyone young and old alike.
The Markets also offer a designated family site with fun rides and entertainment, including: LED light performers, magicians and street theater – with spectacular views of the Manchester Cathedral and the National Football Museum.
NEWCASTLE: 2nd December – 6th December
Soak up the festive atmosphere as you browse stalls selling everything from alpaca hats and gloves to Christmas cakes, locally brewed beers, fantastic mirrors, beautiful pottery and gorgeous handmade jewelry.
The Newcastle Christmas Market also incorporates the Friday Farmers Market so you can pick up delicious produce in time for Christmas. Santa makes a special appearance and local choirs add to the Christmas cheer.
OXFORD: 10th December – 20th December
The city of spires is filled with festive joy with the Oxford Christmas Market in the heart of the city on beautiful and historic Broad Street.
With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colorful decorations bright wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon filling the air – a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a magical Christmas experience.
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