‘Tis The Season For Shopping: Britain’s Best Christmas Markets

Sunday 6th November 2016

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Is there any better way to summon your Christmas Spirit than browsing a kitsch festive market with a cup of mulled wine in tow? Escape the crazed high street and shopping centre’s this year, and instead, don your best woollies and visit one of the UK’s amazing Christmas markets. Sample delicious delicacies, sip on some festive tipple and find your loved ones some truly special gifts.


1.       German Christmas Market, Birmingham

Dates: November 17 to December 29 (excluding Christmas day)

Now in its 10th year, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market annually transforms the city centre into a bustling hub of wooden huts and fairy lights, with the unmistakable smell of pretzels and marzipan wafts through the air. The event brings together all elements of the community and is sure to fill you with Christmas cheer!

Stay at the newly refurbished Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre for just £60 per night.


2.       Edinburgh European Christmas Market

Dates: November 21 to January 4 

If anywhere knows how to do Christmas right, its Edinburgh! Every year the entire city transforms into a festive extravaganza with fairground attractions, ice rinks, a whole host of arts and music performances, not to mention the ‘street of light’. Arguably the jewel of the season is its incredible European Christmas market stretching from the Mound to Waverley Bridge and serving up a whole host of craft, arts, food and drink stalls for you to enjoy!

Stay at the Cairn Hotel, Edinburgh from just £30 per night.



3.       Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

 Dates: November 21 to January 4

This iconic event is free to the public and offers up a whole host of festive fun for all ages! Browse through streets of delightful market stalls, skate around the beautiful ice rink that circles the Victoria Bandstand and enter the ‘magical kingdom’ of ice sculptures. With live shows, performers and an observation wheel to look over the city, you’d be a fool to miss it!

Stay at the St Georges Hotel with panoramic views across the capital from £138 per night.


4.       Manchester Christmas Market

Dates: November 17 to December 21

The award winning Manchester Christmas Market is a month long celebration of all things merry and has been recognised for its excellence by the National Association of British Market Authority. Pulling in up to 900,000 visitors a year and with over 200 stalls serving up everything from food to cosmetics, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Stay at the Gardens Hotel Manchester from £35 per night.


5.       St Nicholas Fayre, York

Dates: November 17 to December 23

Each year the traditional Victorian market transforms with city into a winter wonderland with fairs, family fun and events. Traditional chalets fill the streets selling incredible food drawing on York’s heritage as well as handcrafted gifts, the perfect place to pick up some unique stocking fillers, you can even duck into the infamous Shambles Street market while you’re there!

Stay at the Historic Elmbank Hotel from just £40 per night.


6.       Newcastle Christmas Markets

Dates: November 19 to December 18

Each year the streets of Newcastle are graced with not one but two consecutive Christmas markets that light up the town. The first, International Christmas market brings you gourmet ingredients and cuisines from around the world from French crepes to Spanish paella. The Monument Christmas market that follows welcomes the best of the north east, with hand made everything from beer to scarves and pottery!

Stay at the conveniently located Royal Station Hotel from just £50 per night.



7.       Glasgow Christmas Market

Dates: November 10 to December 22

This year Glasgow’s infamous Christmas Market returns, filling St Enoch Square with gastronomic delights, craft stalls and fairground attractions, including a Ferris wheel, Carousel and ‘Glasgow on Ice’ skating rink. Perfect for kids and adults alike.

Stay at the newly refurbished Courtyard by Marriott, Glasgow Airport from £69.

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8.       Aberdeen Winter Festival

Dates: To be announced 

Starting on firework night and continuing through until New Year, Aberdeen’s Winter Festival attracts visitors from far and wide, and brings together the whole community in a spectacular festive celebration. With Ice rinks, Reindeer parades, German markets and fun fair rides there’s something for everyone and has grown in size every year to date!

Stay at the Station Hotel, Aberdeen from just £47 per night.


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