While Christmas Markets may have become synonymous with the festive fare of Germany and Bavaria, the UK is home to a range of wonderful seasonal events that are sure to get you and your family into the Christmas spirit.
Whether you want to pick up some hand-crafted gifts, eat and drink to your heart’s content, enjoy some rides or even book an appointment with Santa, check out some of the best Christmas Markets that the UK has to offer:
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Renowned for its gothic architecture, warm hospitality and delicious food and drink, Edinburgh has long been a top spot for winter getaways.
If you’re looking to get away from it all in the Scottish capital this year, consider checking out Its famed Christmas Market, set against the stunning backdrop of Princes Street Gardens and The Mound.
While Edinburgh may seem like a long way to go (especially for those in the South of England), it is in fact easily accessible by rail – it’s possible to travel from Newcastle to Edinburgh in as little as 90 minutes by train!
London Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
As the biggest Christmas market in the UK, Winter Wonderland is well worth a visit this year. Located in London’s iconic Hyde Park, this huge Christmas market is packed with family-friendly attractions including an ice kingdom, an ice-skating rink, an ice slide, fairground rides and food stalls.
Remember that Winter Wonderland can get extremely busy, so try to plan ahead to avoid peak crowds.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market
If you’d prefer a smaller setup away from the hustle and bustle of the capital, consider checking out this charming and renowned Christmas Market, which is set against the beautiful backdrop of Winchester Cathedral.
At this traditional German-inspired Christmas Market, you’ll find a cosy festive atmosphere, a family-friendly winter playground, an ice rink plus more than 100 chalets with festive vendors selling a wide range of seasonal treats, gifts and hand-crafted goodies.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Spread across ten sites and featuring more than 300 stalls plus magic, street theatre and fairground rides, Manchester Christmas Markets is one of the biggest events of its kind.
First arriving in the city in 1999 as the original Christmas market in the UK, it continues to attract thousands of festive revellers each year. Manchester Christmas Markets could be a great choice this year if you’re looking for a big event that’s away from the capital.