Christmas will soon be upon us – a time for celebrations and getting into the festive spirit. A great way to enjoy some gastronomical delights with your favourite tipple surrounded by all things Christmassy is to get yourself and your family to one of the many UK Christmas markets, some which will already be open. Here we talk about 10 of the most popular.
From the 28th November, between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey, the cobbled streets are decked out with over 120 chalets offering an array of gifts, cards, decorations, food and beverages. Why not combine your trip with a visit to the Thermae Bath Spa and really treat yourself. The market runs until 15th December.
Belfast’s Christmas Continental Market runs from the 16th November up until 21st December. This year the market will feature more than 90 stalls offering delicious cuisine, plants, crafts and gifts. There is even the opportunity for Children to visit Santa in his grotto where all proceeds go to Barnardo’s Northern Ireland.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market has been running for 12 years and is now the largest outdoor Christmas market in the country. Open from the 14th November, it gives you plenty time to shop for all your Christmas presents and decorations.
The city has been twinned with Frankfurt for more than 40 years, and offers culinary delights from this region including German beer, pretzels, mulled wine, sausages, vegetarian choices, ginger bread and marzipan sweets.
As well as the expected Christmas gifts and toys, Cardiff Christmas market also tempts visitors with precious stone jewellery, hand thrown pottery, leather goods, needlework and much more. The showcase of irresistible food on offer will tempt you on your way through, from cupcakes to cheese, waffles to hand made chocolates. The market runs from 14th November to 23rd December.
The Scottish capital goes all out for their Christmas festivities. Not only do they have a European Christmas market (22nd November – 5th January) held in a beautiful setting below the mound continuing along East Princes Street to St Andrew Square, but they have a children’s market and Scottish market in the heart of St Andrew Square.
The Children’s market show-cases awe-inspiring toys and festive treats for the little ones, and the Scottish market displays the best food and drink Scotland has to offer.
People from far and wide travel to Manchester for its fabulous Christmas marketing which starts on the 15th November and runs until the 22nd December. The Christmas Market adds to the shopping experience with over 300 stalls, in nine different locations: Albert Square, Brazennose Street, King Street, Corporation Street, The Corn Exchange, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Street, St Ann’s Square and Exchange Square. Celebrating its 15th year in 2013, there is more than ever on offer from jewellery, crafts, toys and mouth-watering food and drink.
If you really don’t want to get into the festive spirit until at least December, Newcastle Christmas Market is on from the 4th December to 8th December for a choice of local beers, chocolates, jewellery and gifts.
Set in the heart of Oxford city centre, with a beautiful backdrop of historical spires and University buildings, the Oxford Christmas market returns for another year. Shop for seasonal fare, gifts and decorations and enjoy the magical atmosphere with Christmas carols being sung. Celebrate the opening night on the 13th December, whilst indulging with mulled wine and gingerbread.
A lantern procession, Father Christmas’ Grotto and traditional music sung to you by the local choirs and schools make Salisbury Christmas market one of the prettiest in the UK. Promoting local businesses and British produce, you will be sure to find what you want here. Local crafts, art and fused glass amongst many more of over 127 chalets available to browse around, all offering high quality merchandise. The market begins on 28th November and finishes on 21st December.
Christmas cheer is in abundance in York at their annual St Nicholas Christmas Fayre, where you can shop to the sound of Christmas carols. The Festive Fayre is a fairly new addition to the Christmas festivities, and between the two, have approximately 150 stalls to cater to your shopping needs. You can browse local farm produce and handmade gifts and crafts, and enjoy the customary glass of mulled wine.