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Britain's Best Christmas Markets

Britain's Best Christmas Markets

Written by Amy Sheldrake on Sun November 1 2015

Britain's Best Christmas Markets
Britain's Best Christmas Markets
Britain's Best Christmas Markets
Britain's Best Christmas Markets
Britain's Best Christmas Markets

Nothing gets you more in the festive mood than a stroll around a magical Christmas market – and these days we're spoilt for choice in the UK, with everything from traditional Victorian affairs to feasts of Bavarian and German stalls, and even a few Russian influences too.  The best ones tend to start around the end of November and continue into at least mid-December up to Christmas and occasionally even into the New Year, so whether you're there to nail some last-minute Christmas presents or to just sip mulled wine and marvel at the twinkling lights, there should be something to suit everyone.

Bath Christmas Market

It's always  nice to have an excuse to go to Bath and it;s hard to think of a better on right now than its fabulous Christmas Market, with around 170 colourful stalls selling mainly local produce.  Nov 26–Dec 13

Birmingham Christmas Market

One of the largest German markets held outside Germany and and Austria – if you're looking for the authentic Bavarian Christmas experience, then this is definitely the market to go to. Now into its second decade and set to be even better than before. Nov 12–Dec 22

Canterbury Christmas Market 

Situated on Whitefriars Square in the centre of the city, this is one of the smaller Christmas markets, but it's grown hugely this year and in any case more than makes up for it with its magical twinkling display of lights and stunning decorations. There's plenty of German mulled wine and sausages too. Nov 28–Dec 24

Cardiff Christmas Market

Spreading across the heart of the pedestrianised part of Cardiff's city centre, from St John St to Hills St, this is now larger than ever, with close on 200 stalls. Nov 12–Dec 23

Edinburgh European Christmas Market  

Stretching from the Mound along East Princes Street Gardens Terrace to and around the Scott Monument. Edinburgh's European Christmas has a fabulous great selection of festive food & drink, from German sausage to fresh Scottish seafood. Nov 20–Jan 4

Exeter Christmas Market

Situated right in the heart of the city on Cathedral Green, this has more than 50 stalls this year, with a festive feast of craft stalls, plus some real foodie treats like handmade Belgian chocolates, Baklavas, hog roast and fine cheeses. Nov 19–Dec 19

Glasgow Christmas Market

Held in the beautiful St Enoch Square – within the grounds of a festive village of rustic cabins – and with over 50 colourful stalls, selling everything from artisan gifts to scarves, chutneys, cheeses, and jewellery. Nov 13–Dec 20

Leeds Christkindelmarkt

One of the longest-running German markets in the UK, now in its 14th year, Leeds goes all out for an authentic German Christmas flavour, with over 40 traditional wooden stalls and chalets, festive greenery, carousels and food & drink outlets all set in the award winning Millennium Square. Lots of kids' activities on Sunday mornings.  Nov 13–Dec 20

Salisbury Christmas Market

Located at Guildhall Square, Salisbury is perhaps one of the most romantic markets in Britain. Now in its fourth year, it has a Father Christmas Grotto, choir singing and music from local schools, topped with a stunning paper lantern parade. The usual festive culinary treats are also on offer. Nov 26–Dec 20

Winchester Christmas Market

Now in its in tenth year,  Winchester's Christmas Market occupies a magical location right by the cathedral and around its own ice rink.  Nov 19–Dec 22

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