Christmas markets are the perfect way to help you get into the festive spirit.
They are full of fun Christmas ideas and while you are there you can get some festive drinks and some Christmas treats to eat. So what Christmas Markets are on in the UK this year?
Manchester Christmas Market runs from 15th December until 22nd December. It is free entry and can be found at Albert Square, Branennose street, King Street, St Ann’s Square, exchange street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange square, The Corn Exchange and Corporation Street. There will be lots of different things to offer but if you’re looking for some food ideas then you’re in luck, as this Christmas market will be offering lots of different festive food from mini Dutch pancakes, to Hungarian Goulash and Spanish chorizo.
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds which runs from 8th November – 18th December 2013. It is free to go to and is around Millennium Square. This market is the most established German Christmas Market in the UK. It has quaint wooden stalls, twinkling lights and much more. There is also Bierkeller which is next to the ice rink which has dancing and traditional cheery songs.
Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market which runs from 21st November – 19th December 2013. It is free to go to and is around Exeter Cathederal. This is only the second Christmas market to be held in the grounds. Boasting lots of different stalls such as crafted wooden toys, ornate vintage furniture and delicious food.
Cirencester Christmas Market runs until 16th December 2013. This is free entry and is packed with wooden chalets, sparkling fairy lights and Bratwurst, gingerbread and Gluhwein all part of a traditional German Christmas market. You can also head on down to the New Brewery Art Centre on Friday 10th, for the Cirencester College’s textile exhibition, the natural Perfumery Adult Workshop (on Saturday 11th) and lantern-making workshops for children.
Edinburgh Christmas Market runs until Christmas Eve 2013. The stallholders are from Frankfurt which means that in addition to the general German Christmas market feel, there’s lashings of German beer and Gluhwein on hand to keep the cold off and once the Christmas market is all over, its time for the excitement of Hogmanay!
Birmingham Christmas Market runs from 14th November until 22nd December 2013 and is free entry. It is in Victoria Square, New Street, Centenary Square and Chamberlain Square. Taking inspiration from its twin city, Frankfurt, a traditional German Christmas market of gluhwein, bratwurst, pretzels and German beer. There will be a record 180 stalls to browse, a traditional bandstand with live music (every lunchtime and evening) plus there will be Christmas carolling from local schools. If all of that wasn’t festive enough, right opposite the Christmas market is a craft fair which is selling everything from edible Christmas decorations to hand-made bobble hats.
St Nicholas Fayre, York runs from 28th November until 1st December. This Christmas market is free to enter and is on Parliament Street. York goes all out for a full-scale ‘Yorkshire Winter Wonderland’ spanning several streets with everything you need to kick-start the festive season. Barley Hall, presents a special medieval market with live crafting, mulled wine and costumed traders. In St Williams College houses an arts and crafts market for fine hand-made items not found in shops. Carol singers and buskers also go to the city to perform over the weekend to thousands of festive shoppers. You can also enjoy lots of nice and tasty food and drink while you are at the Christmas market.
Oxford Christmas Market runs from 13th December until 22nd December and is free entry. You can find this market on Broad St where the opening of the event will be marked by local choirs and brass bands. there will be 40 beautifully decorated wooden stalls which will offer a wonderland selection of Christmas gifts and seasonal treats.
Bath Christmas Market runs until 12th December. This market is free to enter and is between the Roman Baths and the Abbey. There will be no fewer than 129 traders expected to set up their stalls around the Main Square, York Street, Abbey Green and Bath Abbey. On Fridays and Saturday’s the market will be open until 21.00, giving you plenty of time to fit in some last-minute Christmas shopping.
Nuremberg Christmas Market – Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland runs until January 4th. Entrance to the Nuremberg Christmas Market is free. For other attractions: £14.50 for an access-all-areas adult ticket, £9 for children and is at Hyde Park, London. Not only will there be rows upon rows of glittering wooden chalets but there will also be the outdoor ice-rink and other attractions such as a circus to the high observation wheel.
What Christmas Markets will are you looking most forward to this year? Comment below and let us know.