5 Top UK Christmas Markets
By Caroline Richards
Christmas is nearly here and what better way to start feeling festive than with a trip to a beautiful Christmas market? With so many spots in the UK to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham, England (7 November - 23 December 2019)
Held in Victoria Square, this Christmas event is a fantastic authentic German market. It’s filled with traditional German food, so there’s lots of treats to enjoy, such as bratwursts, schnitzels and beer. Lots of lovely gifts are on display across the 80 stalls this year; leather goods, glass baubles and jewellery to name a few. This is a great chance to buy something extra-thoughtful that you just won’t find in big stores. There’s plenty to keep you busy, with live music for the whole family, plus The Christmas Craft Market, which is right next door. The square’s bandstand has entertainment scheduled all week, from a Michael Bublé tribute, to a brass band and a theatre workshop for the children. So gather your family and friends, wrap up warm and enjoy this authentic market that’s open seven days a week!
Enjoy the traditional German snack of bratwurst, a tasty sausage, with a jug of weissbier (German wheat beer.)
Cardiff Christmas Market
Cardiff, Wales (14 November - 23 December 2019)
As events kick off around Cardiff this Christmas, the Christmas Market is back and ready for you to explore. Stretching itself out across the city, the market is bigger than ever! Take a walk down St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes to admire the gorgeous stalls and pick up a gift or two. Cardiff’s very own Winter Wonderland is just round the corner, with fairground rides, an ice rink, plus brand-new skating attraction, the Alpine Ice Trail. You'll also find Santa's Grotto (we hope you've been good!) and the 'Christmas at the Castle' event at Cardiff Castle. Here, you can enjoy traditional costumes, greetings from characters and a very special visitor at the end of the Candy Cane Trail. There's also a rolling list of over 200 vendors at the market, so you can visit again and again and find something new with each visit!
Wrap up and spend a cold day on foot at Cardiff's Christmas Market, which has been a much-loved event for over 20 years.
Bath Christmas Market
Bath, England (28 November - 15 December 2019)
The beautiful streets of Bath twinkle and shine this time of year, as a village of Christmas huts come to town. This traditional event is packed with local businesses, artists and craftspeople, who bring with them lots of gorgeous handmade gifts. Enjoy wooden and glass creations, aromatherapy, tasty cheeses and so much more! And not to forget the mouth-watering snacks on every corner and warming cups of mulled wine waiting for you to enjoy. Walk the pretty streets, take in all the sights and let that Christmassy feel wash over you. And remember, by shopping at Bath Christmas Market, you’ll be helping to support local businesses at a special time of year. The market can get busy, so a trip in the week is a good idea to beat the busiest crowds
At the foot of the historic Bath Abbey, Bath Christmas Market is a lovely, festive experience.
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Edinburgh, Scotland (16 November 2019 - 4 January 2020)
The romantic streets of Edinburgh turn into an Alpine market within the East Princes Street Gardens this Christmas. Embrace the warm, fuzzy atmosphere and soak up the Christmas spirit. The market is set against a beautiful backdrop of Edinburgh Castle and Calton Hill that’s always in view as you shop. And, if you're feeling really brave, the Forth 1 Big Wheel gives great views across the city and the Christmas Tree Maze. Local choirs and youth groups will fill the night air with song, plus there are plenty of spots to visit and get yourself out of the cold. If you fancy a drink, the popular Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar is back, with the chance to enjoy a Hot Apple Toddy in a decorated log cabin.
Enjoy the market with a backdrop of the Edinburgh skyline. Why not visit the castle this Christmas and enjoy the 'Castle of Light' attraction?
Leeds Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market
Leeds, England (8 November - 22 December 2019)
Visit Millennium Square, Leeds, for this year’s Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market. This spot is full of things to do and see, including huts, bars and food stalls. Popular attraction, Alp Chalet, is returning as a snuggly place for visitors to eat, drink and be merry. Or, why not warm up in front of an open fire at the Kuh Stall, or chat with friends at the Ski Hutte? If you’ve got children with you, why not treat them to a special Santa’s Breakfast on weekend mornings at Alp Chalet? They can enjoy a tasty buffet and meet Santa himself. Or, try a ride on the carousel – it’s great fun for young and old alike. Entertainment runs every day to keep the whole family rockin’ around the Christmas tree, as well as a weekly show. Children can enjoy games, face painting and even balloon modelling!
The Alp Chalet is the perfect cosy hub to meet up with friends or family if you've shopped till you've dropped.
We hope you’ve enjoyed your past year with us and from all the team here at DAE, we wish you a very merry Christmas.
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