When it comes to Christmas shopping, there’s nothing more festive than getting it done at a Christmas market. Every December in the UK, these special events pop up all over the country, sometimes just for a weekend but sometimes they set up shop for a whole month on the run up to December 25th.
Here’s our pick of the top 5 to visit and enjoy a hot drink while you browse the stalls.
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The Christkindelmarkt in Leeds centre is a traditional German market that visits the city every year in December. Here you can get all the usual handmade gifts and foods and it’s perfect for those fun seekers looking to sample the classic beer festival experiences in the specially constructed beer tent. For something a little softer, grab a cup of mulled wine and explore the stalls day or night.
If you find yourself in London over the festive period you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to Christmas markets! Firstly, for family fun there’s the magical Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park that is so much more than just a market. However, for something a bit more traditional, the pop up Christmas arcade at Somerset House is perfect for finding unique presents and there’s the amazing ice skating rink to enjoy too. Alternatively, hop across the river from here and you will also find a lovely market near the Southbank Centre selling all kinds of delicious foods and handmade wares.
On the green of the stunning cathedral, this Christmas market is a lovely day out for all the family. The setting is majestic and the stalls are wonderfully quaint. Get your Christmas shopping sorted here and know you’re helping crafters and local businesses, all the while avoiding the manic rush of city centre high streets.
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Another one with a beautiful cathedral backdrop, this traditional German market features all our favourite food, drink and craft stalls scattered around an ice rink. Make a festive evening of your visit and skim across the ice before enjoying a hot drink and some tasty nibbles as you browse what’s on offer in the little wooden cabins.
While German markets take over the country at Christmas, Newcastle is doing things a bit differently with its international market. This continental market features cuisine from around the world with so many flavours and delicacies to sample. Indulge your sweet tooth with Belgian waffles or try some savoury sausages. It’s the perfect pit stop on busy shopping days.
Can you recommend any amazing Christmas Markets?