Mulled wine and mince pies: The UK’s Best Christmas Markets

southbank christmas market

3 Dec

Christmas markets are popping up all across the country, each with their own style, pizzazz and sparkle. Locals and visitors alike become immersed in the Christmas spirit after a lovely day out at the market. Ice skating, shopping, food and mulled wine are only half the fun. Take a look at our collection of Britain’s best Christmas markets.

Bath Christmas Market

bath christmas market

22nd November – 9th December 2018

Whether you go skiing every year or have never been on the slopes, the Bath Christmas Market has stalls of chalets to help you escape to the Alps. Hats, clothing, accessories and the occasional gin or mulled wine stall makes Bath Market the perfect place to kick start your Christmas shopping. Choirs, musicians and theatre performances add an extra sparkle for entertainment.

Cardiff’s Craft Folk Christmas Market

15th November – 23rd December 2018

Craft Folk is one of the only authentic craft fairs in the UK. There are 80 wooden stalls exhibited over 44 days, making the Cardiff Christmas market full of character, crafts and Christmas spirit. The stalls will rotate 200 businesses, including increasing numbers of first-timers.

Southbank Christmas Market

Southbak Christmas Market. London

9th November – 6th January 2019

London is known for its tourist attractions. You know that an attraction is truly spectacular when actual Londoners want to go to it too. The Christmas Market in Southbank is the perfect example of this. German influence, combined with London’s quirky style and stunning views make this a popular event for all. Stalls of jewellery, clothing and accessories are only the start. Fairground rides for the kids and mulled wine and beer stalls for the adults. The bratwurst and hot roast stands are on hand day and night so there is no fear of going hungry.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market

15th November – 23rd December 2018

Don’t fret if you aren’t flying away this winter. Birmingham has the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria. Unsurprisingly, food and drinks stands are in abundance. There are various stalls throughout the market to help you tick off items from your Christmas shopping list and fill up those stockings. The bandstands, Christmas trees and decorations in Birmingham will make even the Grinch love this season.

Leeds Christmas Market

Leeds Christmas Market

9th November – 22nd December 2018

This enchanting market overlooks Leeds Castle, a stunning a historic icon of the city. An array of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations and delicious food and drink will entertain children and adults of all ages. Reindeer make a special appearance at the Leeds Christmas Market to give an extra layer of festive cheer to your day. Live music and fun fair rides add to the list of entertainment of offer.

Sheffield Christmas Market 

Sheffield Christmas Market

15th November – 24th December 2018

Each year this quaint Christmas market grows larger and more Christmassy. This year there will be 50 cabins with toys, accessories and delicious food. Pop in to Santa’s Grotto before swinging by the Sleigh Bar to quench your thirst and treat yourself to some traditional German sausages.


The North Pole Cambridge Festival

North Pole Market Cambridge

17th November – 6th January 2019

The North Pole Festival is an apt name for Cambridge’s merry event. It has an abundance of food and drinks to enjoy at the Undercover Alpine Bar, including hot chocolate with marshmallows, mulled wine and warming ciders. These tasty drinks perfectly accompany the food from the Authentic German Swing Grill. Entertainment involves ice skating and fair ground rides for the family, as well as extreme rides and a children’s zone.

Exeter Christmas Market

exeter christmas market

15th November – 16th December 2018

If you live in the South West or just fancy a weekend getaway, Exeter has a merry Christmas market for you indulge in. The bandstand hosts local bands and singers who provide plenty of festive tunes to take your mind off the chilly weather, while hot chocolate from the local and continental traders keep you cosy and warm.


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