As the countdown to the festive season approaches, wrap up warm and experience the magical atmosphere, mouth-watering aromas and foods and inspired gift ideas with a visit to one of the UK’s enchanting Christmas markets.
There are many great ones to choose from, but here are a few suggestions to get your Christmas preparations off to a great start:-
Bath Christmas Market (24 Nov to 11 Dec)
The centre of Bath is transformed with over 170 traditional wooden chalets packed with delightful gift ideas and festive treats. All highlighted by a fantastic animated light display located within the shadow of the stunning Bath Abbey.
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds (11 Nov to 18 Dec)
As one of the most established German markets in the UK, this traditional Christmas market has plenty to offer with the transformation of Millenium Square into a scenic festive village, including 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls as well as a Christmas carousel ride.
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market (Nov 18 to Dec 20)
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, this traditional Christmas market has been recognised as one of the best in Europe. Adding to the atmosphere with its unique setting in the Cathedral’s Close and surrounding an open air ice rink, visitors can browse the festive wooden chalets and indulge the taste-buds with seasonal treats.
Cardiff Christmas Market (10 Nov to 23 Dec)
This special market showcases more than 80 beautiful traditional wooden chalets offering visitors a unique shopping experience, with gifts created by artists and craftsmen as well as tempting culinary delights. There is a funfair and ice rink at Winter Wonderland close by.
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham (17 Nov to 29 Dec)
This is the largest German market held outside Germany and Austria and boasts a fantastic display of traditional gifts as well as tempting food and drinks. The Christmas Craft Fair on nearby Chamberlain Square, with its handmade gifts by local artists, is well worth a visit too.
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