Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
For the full German market experience, Birmingham is your best bet. At the largest authentic market outside Germany or Austria, you can feast on schnitzels and bratwursts, washed down with glasses of glühwein. The bandstand in Victoria Square has a programme of live music and carol singers, while the neighbouring Christmas Craft Market is ideal for picking up decorations or gifts.
Until 23rd December
Bath Christmas Market
It’s now an annual tradition that Bath’s picture-perfect Georgian thoroughfares have a Christmas makeover, with more than 150 pop-up festive chalets lining the streets. The award-winning market is a great spot to pick up some local gifts and support small businesses, with 80% of stallholders from the south-west region. When shopping has taken its toll, refuel at a hog roast, snack on caramelised nuts and sip on mulled wine.
Until 15th December
York St Nicholas Christmas Fair
The medieval charm of York is even more enticing at this time of year – and maximised by the much-loved Christmas fair. Shop local produce at the Make in Yorkshire Yuletide Village; enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a cup of hot chestnuts in the Rustic Barn in St Sampson’s Square; and browse the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street for gifts. Embrace your inner child (or take the kids) to the Victorian-style Helter Skelter at Kings Square.
Until 22nd December
The Christmas Market at Blenheim Palace
Escape the high-street bustle at Blenheim Palace’s very own Christmas Market, set against the stunning backdrop of this treasured country home. It’s the perfect place to do your Christmas shopping, with wooden chalets selling ceramics, textiles, homewares, leather goods, jewellery, toys, stationery, bags, hats and so much more.
Until 15th December
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
This fairytale city is even more special during the festive period and it’s not just Hogmanay that Edinburgh has to shout about. There are no fewer than three Christmas markets in the city centre to explore. Enjoy delicious food and drink, and traditional crafts, at the Scottish Market on George Street; pick up unique gifts and goods at the European Market in the Mound Precinct; or choose presents for the kids in your life at the Children’s Market, part of Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens.
Until 4th January
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Exeter’s stunning Cathedral Green plays host to Devon’s biggest Christmas market. Inspired by German Christmas markets, there’s a selection of crafts, alongside delicious food stalls and Bavarian-style bars. The Cathedral itself is a hub of activity at Christmas, with its many carol services, concerts and events.
Until 19th December
Southbank Winter Festival
The Waterloo side of the Thames is transformed each Christmas into a magical winter wonderland filled with twinkling lights, rows of cabins selling gifts, and stalls with spiced cider, mince pies and hot chocolate.
Until 5th January