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Must-see Christmas Markets in the UK

partnership-with-familiesThere’s nothing more Christmassy than getting all wrapped up, sipping a mulled wine or hot chocolate at a Christmas market. Feast on festive treats whilst soaking up the magical sights, smells and sounds.

Our friends over at Families magazine have picked out the very best Christmas Markets the UK has to offer!


2016 UK Christmas Market Roundup

Oxford Christmas Market, London
Where? Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AS
When? 8th Dec 2016 – 18th Dec 2016
Visit the Oxford Christmas Market for a festive treat, here you’ll find gleeful Christmas carols, market traders with a wide selection of the unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations and more.

St Albans Christmas Market
Where? Sumpter Yard, St Albans AL3 4ED
When? 24th Nov 2016 – 18th Dec 2016
St Albans Christmas market has around 60 stalls and you’ll find them in and around the beautiful Vintry Garden. There is lots to see and do with entertainers, sparkly lights and plenty of Christmas atmosphere plus, there’ll be carols on the hour, every hour from 11.00 to 16.00 on the last Saturday before Christmas in the St Albans Cathedral.

Bath Christmas Market
Where? Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY
When? 24th Nov 2016 – 11th Dec 2016
Head to Bath Christmas Market for a magical shopping experience. There’ll be more than 170 chalets jam packed with gorgeous Christmas gifts, decorations and treats all lining the streets surrounding the Bath Abbey and Roman Baths.

Cirencester Christmas Market
Where? Market Place, Cirencester, GL7 2NS
When? 26th Nov 2016; 3rd Dec 2016 & – new for this year – 4th Dec 2016
The highly festive Cirencester Christmas Market will be around on three dates this year. Highlights at the markets this year will include a wide selection of high-quality traders and craftsmen enticing local food, beautiful crafts, gifts and more.

Winchester Christmas Market
Where? Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS
When? 18th Nov 2016 to 20th Dec 2016
The beautiful Winchester Christmas market is inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets and attracts upward of 350,000 visitors every year. As well as the opportunity to shop there’s the open-air ice rink too.

Southbank Winter Market, London
Where? Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
When? 11th Nov 2016 – 8th Jan 2017
Enjoy a stroll with your family through the wooden chalet xmas market, look out for the delightfully festive food, gifts, treats and drinks. All while taking in the sights and sounds of the Christmas London spirit.

Salisbury Christmas Market
Where? Salisbury SP1 1TP
When? 24th Nov 2016 – 18th Dec 2016
It’s the 5th year of the popular Salisbury Christmas Market. Set in the historic Guildhall Square you will find a winter wonderland filled with festive wooden chalets filled with live music and Christmas carols, not to be missed street entertainers, a marvellous Lantern Parade and more.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
Where? Victoria Square and New Street, Birmingham B1 1BD
When? 17th Nov 2016 – 29th Dec 2016 inclusive, except Christmas Day
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is hugely popular with visitors locally and from much further afield. With more than 120 stalls there everyone will find something they love. From the traditional gifts to tempting food and drink. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and roasted almonds are all on offer, plus gluhwein or tasty hot chocolate to wash it down.

Manchester Christmas Markets
Where? Manchester City Centre, M2 7LF
When? 10th Nov 2016 and 20th Dec 2016
Enjoy a day in this beautiful city, while exploring the stunningly festive Manchester Christmas Market. During your visit, you’ll find Santa watching over from his usual place in Albert Square, a European Christmas Market, a French market and a traditional German market. Plus a family friendly zone and ice rink.

Chester Christmas Market
Where? Chester, CH1 2HJ
When? 18th Nov 2016 – 18th Dec 2016
Head to Chester Christmas Market and experience the festive atmosphere. Enjoy a hot mulled wine as you browse more than 70 traditional wooden chalets all surrounding the huge sparkling Christmas tree. It’s sure to get you all into the festive spirit.

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
Where? Millennium Square, Leeds, LS1 1UR
When? 11th Nov 2016 – 18th Dec 2016
Enjoy a day with the family at Leeds Christkindelmarkt with over 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalets and a traditional Christmas Carousel ride. The stalls will be selling German festive treats such as gluhwein, schnitzels, bratwurst sausages, stollen, gingerbread, soups and goulash roasted nuts and candied fruits plus gifts, jewellery, decorations and handcrafted toys.

York Christmas Festival – St. Nicholas Fair
Where? York YO1 7DT
When? 17th Nov 2016 – 23rd Dec 2016
The St. Nicholas Fair, part of York Christmas Festival is back and filled with glorious family fun. The streets will be lined with the beautiful wooden chalets, selling unique gifts from jewellery to crafts, to homewares and local wines and cheeses. Then take a visit to the ice trail, visit Santa and be enchanted by the storybook cabins. Plus there’s so much more.

Sheffield Christmas Markets
Where? Fargate, Sheffield S1 2HE
When? 19th Nov 2016 – 24th Dec 2016
The Sheffield Christmas Market keeps getting bigger and better, now there are over 50 log cabins to peruse on your visit including the loved Sleigh Bar and traditional German Sausage grill. At the centre of all this fun is the Santa’s Grotto which the kids will love!

Nottingham Winter Christmas Market
Where? Nottingham, NG1 2BY
When? 19th Nov 2016 – 24th Dec 2016
The Nottingham Winter Christmas Market is a popular one, filled with specially chosen sellers selected to give you a delightful selection of fun, festive, handmade items to choose from.

International Christmas Market, Newcastle
Where? Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street, Newcastle
When? 19th Nov 2016 – 11th Dec 2016
Head along to Newcastle’s exciting International Christmas Market and warm your hands around a mug of mulled wine while browsing the beautiful stalls. The Christmas Market will be filled with fantastic local sellers with gifts of every kind. Perfect for that special someone.

Edinburgh European Treat
Where? East Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG
When? 19th Nov 2016 – 7th Jan 2017
Ready to feel festive? Head to the European Christmas Market in Edinburgh to pick up your gorgeous Christmas treats and gifts. Then enjoy the amazing family fun happening in Edinburgh including the Big Wheel and other fair rides, Ice Skating, the Ice Wall and so much more.

Belfast Continental Christmas Market
Where? Donegall Square, Belfast, United Kingdom BT1 5GS
When? 19th Nov 2016 – 22nd Dec 2016
It’s time for Christmas fun with the Belfast Continental Christmas Market, here you’ll find a great array of beautiful Christmas chalets filled with festive food and craft delights, celebrating Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016. Plus Santa’s Grotto!

Cardiff Christmas Market
Where? Cardiff City Centre, Cardiff CF10 2DP
When? 10th Nov 2016 – 23rd Dec 2016
Wow, with over 80 gorgeous chalets to enjoy at the Cardiff Christmas Market to visit this Christmas. Filled with specially selected sellers offering you the most unique gifts around.