7 Christmas Markets To Visit This Season

7 Christmas Markets To Visit This Season

Right now, what could be more appealing than wrapping up warm, drinking mulled wine and exploring some of the UK’s best Christmas markets. From a festival on the South Bank to Birmingham’s impressive German market and a countryside affair at Blenheim Palace, these are the markets to seek out this December…

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. 

Visit TheBFCM.co.uk

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.

Visit BathChristmasMarket.co.uk

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.

Visit BlenheimPalace.com

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.

Visit EdinburghsChristmas.com

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.

Visit Exeter-Cathedral.org.uk

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. 

Visit SouthbankCentre.co.uk

Until 5th January

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