If you’re the sort of person who loves nothing more than embracing the festive season, Christmas markets are probably one of your favourite things in the world. Offering a wide range of gifts and treats from charming huts and stalls, they offer a great place to soak up the Christmas spirit, and the UK hosts some of the best markets around.
Here’s a quick rundown of a few favourites.
Voted the UK’s favourite Christmas market just last year, it isn’t hard to get into the festive spirit in Bath. With a magnificent 16th-century abbey and the iconic Roman baths as a backdrop, the city plays host to over 200 twinkling chalets along its Georgian streets. Wherever you go, expect to find choirs, carollers, and musicians serenading you with festive tunes.
Set in Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close, Winchester’s fantastic German-inspired Christmas market includes an open-air ice rink and attracts over 350,000 visitors a year. Despite the German theme and gallons of mulled wine, you’ll find British craftsmanship strongly represented. Visit on 30 November 2018 to see creative hand-crafted lanterns paraded from the Cathedral to the Outer Close.
You’ll find Bristol’s Christmas Market in the pedestrianised area of Broadmead. This year’s market will include 55 wooden chalet-style stalls full of local handmade goods, produce, and food and drink. Try Glühwein, hot chocolate, or German beer at the Jägerbarn beer garden, then explore the covered Food Village for everything from authentic German bratwursts to Yorkshire Pudding Wraps.
What could be better than celebrating Christmas in a castle? The Caerphilly Castle Christmas market is only a one-weekend event, but it’s well worth making time for. The castle atmosphere immediately sets it apart, as does the festive Medieval slant. Expect live music, choirs, and entertainers galore.