There is no better way to get yourself into that Christmas spirit than visiting one of the many Christmas markets organised annually all around the country. No matter where you are located or what city you will visit this December, there is a fun, festive market waiting for you. Not only will there be ample gift-buying opportunities, don’t forget to indulge in some of the season’s best treats – from warm gluhwein and hot chocolate with cream to fresh, hot waffles and German sausages. Have a look through our top three Christmas markets in the UK that are guaranteed to add a little festive spring to your step.
St Nicholas Fair in York
Not the biggest Christmas market on the list, but the ever-charming York truly comes alive each year with the annual St Nicholas Fair. The cobble-stoned streets will be adorned with magical lights and the square in the city centre will be lined with wooden chalet-style huts where local small businesses display their best products and produce. Browse through all the little stalls, pick up some Christmas gifts and don’t forget to get some brandy-laced hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. Gather round the fire in Thor’s Tipi and visit Santa with your children at one of many locations in town.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London
If you’re in the capital this December, make sure you leave time in your schedule to visit Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. There are many fun things to do in London as this guide from Frasers Hospitality shows, but this Christmas market should be high on your list. Soak up the festive atmosphere by strolling through the myriad of stalls and getting some Christmas shopping done. Make it an extra special fun day out by booking one of many different available activities, such as ice skating or a giant observation wheel, or jump on one of many spectacular rides hosted at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. If you need to get a drink and a bite, unwind at the Bavarian Village, get even cooler at the Bar Ice or get your karaoke on at Bar Hütte.
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market
Get into the Christmas spirit with a visit to Edinburgh’s Christmas extravaganza. Each year, the city hosts a six-week Christmas event right in the heart of the city. Visit with your friends or family and get a little bit of seasonal celebrating done ahead of Christmas. There are various Christmas stalls where you score some fantastic gifts for your loved ones, there is a big, beautiful carousel as well as other rides to entertain the kids, and you can eat your way through Edinburgh’s Christmas with all the different food stalls. Edinburgh also hosts many different shows, from a Baby Loves Silent Disco to a Macbeth inspired theatre show called Brave Macbeth. With so much on and so much exploring to do, you and your family will not be bored.