There are numerous Christmas Markets taking place across the UK and whether you are looking for a unique gift or just a day out, you’re sure to find something. If you are going on a UK cottage holiday over the festive season, a Christmas Market provides a lovely day out for couples and families alike and you may even be able to pick up some lovely local products. Or if you prefer produce from further afield, many of the markets have a continental theme. There are so many markets to choose from but here are a selection to give you some inspiration…..
Running from 13th November 2015 – 20th December 2015, the Glasgow Christmas Market takes place at St Enoch Square and features many continental traders from across the world. It also features a Bavarian bar, providing the opportunity to sample some traditional beers.
The Christmas Markets at Edinburgh start on the 20th November 2015 and run into the New Year until 4th January 2016. Attractions include the Children’s Market, the European Christmas Market and The Scottish Market.
Ambleside’s Traditional German Markets at Hayes Garden World provides the opportunity to buy a variety of lights, decorations, trees and crafts, as well as sampling German inspired food, drink and entertainment. The market runs from 7th November 2015- 23rd December 2015. Children can meet Santa in his igloo on 14th November2015.
Holker Hall and Gardens hosts a two day Winter Market on 7th and 8th of November 2015, providing the opportunity to purchase local produce and gifts as well as the chance to sample some local meats at the Holker BBQ.
The Manchester Christmas Markets will be open between 14th November and 21st December 2015. They are spread across the city centre at Albert Square, Brazennose Street, King Street, St. Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, Corn Exchange and Cathedral Gardens. There are over 300 stalls selling a wide variety of international food, drink, crafts and toys to name but a few.
Situated in the Montpellier Quarter of the town, the Harrogate Christmas Market takes place over four days from 19th November – 22nd November 2015. It features approximately 200 traders selling products from Yorkshire and across the UK, as well as Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer for the kids.
Held on 19th November – 23rd December 2015, The St Nicholas Market in York has numerous stalls at different sites in the city centre including The Judges Lodgings, Parliament Street, Coppergate and the Shambles Market and will be selling goods from handmade jewellery to local farm produce. The first night will include the switching on of the Christmas lights and marks the official opening of the market.
The Whitby Christmas Market runs on the 27th, 28th and 29th of November 2015. Along with a variety of stalls and food outlets, there will also be a stage area for local choirs and musicians and Santa’s Grotto in a beach chalet.
The Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is an established German Christmas market. Set in Millennium Square and running from 13th November – 20th December 2015, the market features carousel rides, traditional wooden stalls and the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery providing authentic German food and drink.
Taking place from 12 November – 23rd December 2015, the Cardiff Christmas Market is situated throughout the city centre. It features over 190 exhibitors over the 42 days, selling numerous varieties of gifts, crafts, artwork, food and drink to name but a few. It is also a short stroll form the city’s Winter Wonderland which features an ice rink, a funfair and the Alpine Village.
Market Place in Derby will be host to the Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair, taking place on 27th November – 23rd December 2015. There will be a range of goods on offer from independent crafters, providing the opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts.
The Deepdale Christmas Market will be held on the 4th, 5th and 6th December 2015 in Burnham Deepdale on the North Norfolk Coast. There will be the Deepdale Street Food Festival on the Friday evening and entertainment throughout the weekend. The market will feature over 100 stalls offering decorations, gifts, food and drink.
There will be over 170 traditional wooden chalets lining the streets surrounding Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths at the award winning Bath Christmas Market, held on 26th November 2015 until 13th December 2015. A high proportion of the stall holders are from Bath and the surrounding area and will be selling a range of food, drink, toys and arts to name a few.
The Cantebury Christmas Market features over 35 cabins selling festive products and is held at the Whitefriars Shopping Centre from 28th November 2015 – 24th December 2015. There will also be Santa’s Grotto from the 5th December for the kids.
Running from 19th November – 19th December 2015, the Exeter Christmas market takes place in the heart of the city centre at The Cathedral Green. There will be both local and continental goods on offer including food, crafts, gifts and decorations.
The Padstow Christmas festival will be taking place from 3rd – 6th December 2015 and includes a Christmas market selling food, drink, arts and crafts and will also feature a selection of pop up stalls. The Festival boasts demonstrations from numerous chefs, a visit from Father Christmas, a firework display, music, a Santa fun run and a carol service.
Why not search for your perfect self-catering holiday cottage and visit one of these fabulous markets on your winter getaway? There are so many markets to name but there is sure to be one not too far away over the next month or two; you may even stumble across a hidden gem in a local village.