glüehwein all round
This is the biggest Christmas Market out of mainland Europe and is definitely a must see. The market offers delicacies such as pretzels, hot cider and foot long garlic bread sticks, which I guess you could share with someone. The market sprawls out under the impressive vision of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, making a brilliant back drop to the Christmas affair. Birmingham Market also offers the largest selection of Bavarian Beer in the UK, so if beer if your thing, then go for it.
This market runs from November 16th to December 24th (very festive!)
Dubbed as one of the most festive cities, Edinburgh hosts two large Christmas Markets, scattered around the traditional city. There is the market in East Prince’s Street Gardens and the West George Street Market. East Prince’s Street hosts all things festive, from traditional stalls and culinary delights, whilst George Street offers local produce, drink, arts and crafts from the community.
East Princes Street Garden, November 18th to January 6th
George Street, November 17th to December 24th
This market is located alongside the Thames which means you can enjoy some pretty great views of the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament while sipping on your mulled wine. The market hosts a collection of 50 chalets serving all kinds of delights. Unlike stalls, they are set up as chalets that you can walk into and browse, a great way to keep out the cold!
November 10th to December 30th
Manchester’s award winning Christmas market is pretty easy to find, situated just in front of the town hall, it’s host to the usual attractions of a market, from mulled wine to hot dogs. There is also live music on every night and the town hall usually opens its doors to small scale craft companies. The market stretches down market street and Spinningfields, offering more stalls, crafts and drinks. Price wise, it’s the same as the other markets, hot food comes in at around £4, drinks £4.50, you can get smaller sweet snacks for as little as 60p, so look out for a tasty bargain.
November 10th to December 20th
This beautiful market takes place in the sprawling streets of Bath next to the Roman Baths and the Abbey, an award winning spectacle, it offers a more traditional approach to the Christmas market scene, with 200 stalls and a variety of hymns and festive performances.
November 23rd to December 10th.
Head over to Northern Ireland for their beautiful Christmas market in Belfast, situated in front of the City Hall, the market has experienced a makeover this season and is has expanded, hosting a wide variety of stalls including a new attraction called Candy Alley, consisting of an incredibly long row of sweet shops, yum.
Belfast market runs from November 18th to December 23rd.
This market sounds beautiful. Based at the 11th century Castle in Leeds, it hosts a festive market in a traditional setting. Stalls are all laid out on the Cedar Lawn, alongside festive fairground rides. You can pick up some hot mulled cider, wine or hot chocolate and head down to see the reindeer or the falconry for that authentic feel.
This festive themed market runs from the last weekend in November and every weekend in December before 23/24.
Follow these handy links for more information on each market!