Christmas Markets in Britain

Whilst this is primarily a northern European tradition, it has spread to the U.K. Winter can present sightseeing and activity challengers for most countries. Northern Europe and we include the U.K. in this, is a cold environment during winter. Christmas markets brings a glow of warmth, with night lights and winter treats with regard to food and drinks!

You would be best to investigate dates via a search engine, but most are open until about 22/12 each year.

Bath

Set before the backdrop of the city's Roman baths and magnificent 16th century abbey, Bath Christmas market is a cracker. It's home to 150 traditional wooden chalets with stalls selling hand-made jewellery, gingerbread, local cheeses and wreaths scented with Somerset lavender. Carol singers and street entertainers add to the festive atmosphere. Don't miss the processions of lantern carriers who celebrate the opening of the market on the 28th of November.

Winchester

Located in Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close and surrounded by an open-air ice rink, Winchester German Christmas Market attracts over 350,000 visitors a year. With traders selling stollen and mulled wine, delicate glass-work and painted textiles, it's easy to see why. Though the market has a German theme, British craftsmen are strongly represented. A lantern parade takes place on the 28th of November.

Birmingham

Inspired by its twin town of Frankfurt, Birmingham lays claim to the largest German market in the UK. Banish the winter chill with a mug of warming glühwein and browse among stalls selling wooden toys and Christmas decorations. There are plenty of Bavarian treats on offer too, from bratwurst to brezel.

Glasgow

With gifts from as far afield as Kenya and Ecuador, Glasgow's market is a great place to track down stocking fillers with a difference. Painted Russian dolls, Italian nougat and woollen jumpers from Lapland are also among the highlights. A Bavarian beer house is a further draw. So too is the Glühwein House run by Markus Kochems of the Mosel valley, one of the world's top wine producers.

Belfast

Complete with a snow dome, Santa's grotto and old-fashioned carousels, Belfast has plenty to keep tiny tots entertained, with stalls selling locally-made trinkets and clove-scented mulled wine for the grown-ups. Word has it that it tastes even better when drunk from one of the markets signature glühwein mugs.

Caerphilly

Christmas in Caerphilly has a distinctly medieval slant with a Christmas Fayre held in the grounds of the town's 13th century castle. The market plays host to medieval pageantry, cookery demonstrations and fairground rides along with continental food and craft stalls and produce from local farms.


Leeds Castle, Kent

Equally festive and fortified is the Christmas market held during The Twelve Days of Christmas at Leeds Castle. Husky sleigh-rides, visits from Santa and an enchanted forest are all on offer along with stalls decorated with colourful garlands selling gifts and local delicacies. Christmas wreathes fill the frosty air with the delicate scent of pine needles. You can learn to make your own at one of the wreath making workshops held on the 28th of November and the 9th to 11th of December.