The most wonderful time of the year is nearly upon us, and it may only be five weeks until the big day, but that hasn’t stopped us from bursting with excitement! Even though there is a little way to go until Christmas Day, it seems that the whole of the United Kingdom is starting to join in the festivities with numerous Christmas markets popping up already.
Christmas markets have become one of the best ways to get into the festive mood and soak up the incredible atmosphere. Over the last few years, markets have been springing up nearly everywhere, and visitors can expect to find delicious food, drink, hand-crafted gifts and much more on offer. There really is nothing like a Christmas market to get you in the mood, so we have listed some of our absolute favourites which you can find up and down the country.
When: November 9th to December 23rd
Cardiff Christmas Market is one the most popular Christmas markets in the whole of the UK. Located in the heart of the city, it has been held for the last 20 years and has become a unique visitor attraction which offers an alternative shopping experience, where you can buy work directly from the makers themselves. With over 200 individual businesses selling such a diverse range of products and seasonal food and drink, you are bound to find the perfect gift for a friend or loved one.
Alongside the Christmas market, Cardiff will also be hosting their annual Winter Wonderland. It is widely acknowledged as one of Europe’s best outdoor ice rinks, and this great attraction is set under a sparkling starlit roof, meaning skating sessions can take place whatever the weather. Additionally, you can take in the view of Cardiff from a giant Ferris Wheel and enjoy other fairground rides, plus all the food and drink on offer in the authentic Alpine Village.
When: November 16th to December 17th
Popular with locals and visitors alike, Exeter Christmas Market has grown in size over the last few years. Situated by Exeter Cathedral, the Cathedral green gets transformed into a winter wonderland where there over 80 chalet-style stalls selling a range of locally made food, drink, craft and gifts. This market may be smaller than some of the others which are found in the rest of the UK, but it definitely worthy of a place on our list.
When: November 25th to December 22nd
This year, Brighton will be hosting its 8th Christmas market which is sure to get you into the festive spirit. Brighton’s renowned ‘North Lanes’ is located at Jubilee Square, next to the library, and here, you will find around 20 beautifully-decorated Christmas chalets. There will be a range of unique gifts available, as well as a range of hot and cold food.
However, the fun doesn’t have to stop there, as Brighton is famous for having such a variety of shops where you can do some last-minute Christmas shopping. Additionally, in Brighton, you can find one of the most beautiful ice rinks in the South East. This rink is located at Brighton’s Royal Pavilion and is open from November 4th to January 14th.
When: November 20th to December 22nd
Winchester Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, and this is due to its unique location and high-quality exhibitors. This Christmas market is actually inspired by a traditional German market and attracts over half a million visitors each year. All of their exhibitors have been hand-picked for their unique and interesting products that you won’t find on the high street.
When it comes to food and drink, you will find numerous chalets which will be selling all of your festive favourites such as mince pies and mulled wine.
When: November 25th to December 24th
Visitors to Canterbury’s small traditional market will be able to enjoy the festive spirit in an intimate setting at Whitefriars Square. You will be able to indulge in traditional German mulled wine and sausages to Christmas music and hand-crafted gifts from its colourful cabins. This market is on the smaller size but is still perfect to amble around with a cup of warm mulled wine, as well as visiting some of the other shops which can be found in the town. There are also rumours saying that there will also be an ice rink this year, so we will have to wait and see!
Any of these markets are well worth visiting when joining us one of us Christmas treehouse holidays. Have we included your favourite? Let us know using our social media channels. Also, be sure to share your Christmas market experiences with us!
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