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Magical and Merry Christmas Markets

Written by Lottie

Let’s go to a Christmas market for gifts and yummy food,
There might even be a fairground, entertainment or an ice rink too!
From Southbank Centre, Hyde Park, Edinburgh and more,
There are so many fab things to do and so much to explore!

Wintertime Market at the Southbank Centre, London

9th November – 6th January 2019

Credit: Southbank Centre

Visit this traditional Christmas market along the Thames riverbank where the beautiful wooden chalets are filled with handmade gifts and treats as well as plenty of festive food and drink! Find out more.

The Christmas Market, Bournemouth

16th November -2 January 2019

Bournemouth is set to impress this year with an array of festive fun for all the family located in Bournemouth Gardens. Check out the Alpine bar where you can treat yourselves to some mulled wine, shop in the markets for that perfect Christmas gift or check out the NEW Christmas Tree Wonderland!  The kids can visit Santa in his grotto or even go ice skating! Find out more here.

 Nottingham Winter Wonderland

15 November–31 December 2018

Visit Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland to really get everyone in the festive mood. The magical ice rink returns, where everyone can turn twirls with loved ones, enjoy browsing the Christmas craft and gift market, selling ideal things for presents and fun kids rides including a Helter Skelter! Rest up and refuel in the Ice Bar with a mulled wine and listen to some festive tunes at the bandstand. Find out more here.

Manchester Christmas Markets

9th November – 22nd December 2018

Credit: Mark Waugh

There are a number of Christmas markets spread out all over the city of Manchester; from Albert Square to Brazenness Street, King Street to St. Ann’s Square, as well as Market Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Garden’s! The stalls are festively decorated and you will be spoilt for choice with products, so if you’re in need of some indulgence or some Christmas gift inspiration, head on down to one of these many markets. Find out more here.

Oxford Christmas Market

7th – 22nd  December 2018

The famous city of Oxford does not disappoint with its Christmas market. Clustered along the iconic Broad Street, there will be 40 festively decorated log stalls selling a range of Christmas treats. On selected days there will be musical entertainment from a range of bands and singers! Find out more here.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

16th November 2018 – 5 January 2019

Edinburgh is hosting two fabulous Christmas Markets this December. Both have beautifully decorated stalls selling products made by local artists, delicious foods and plenty of gifts to give loved ones this Christmas! Find out more here.

Cardiff Christmas Market

From 15th November 2018

Bring the family to this wonderful Christmas Market for a totally unique shopping experience. Buy your family and friends personalised gifts and souvenirs or why not treat yourself to something? The market is filled with local food products, art, handmade crafts and much more. Find out more here.

Belfast Continental Christmas Market

17 November – 22nd December 2018

This fantastic and extremely popular Christmas Market is definitely worth a visit over the festive period. There will be a fab range of clothing, arts and crafts, and Christmas decorations from all over Europe as well as delicious continental food. Visit Santa’s Grotto and post that all important list in the post box! Find out more here.

Bath Christmas Market

22nd November -9th December 2018

This beautiful Christmas Market is set in the streets that surround Bath Abbey and is a Christmas shoppers paradise! There are 200 chalets selling Christmas gifts, and food and drink such as festive mulled wine and tasty warm mince pies, with carol singers to really get you into the Christmas spirit. You will also find Santa in his grotto, craft-making activities for kids and fantastic festive storytelling. Find out more here.

Winter Wonderland Christmas Markets, Hyde Park, London

23rd November 2018- 6th January 2019

Family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park to get you into the Christmas spirit! This free-to-enter event hosts plenty of Christmas-themed activities, including Zeppo’s Christmas Circus, the Magical Ice Kingdom, ice skating, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market. With real snow, thousands of twinkling lights and so much fun everyone will leave feeling very festive whatever their age! Find out more here.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market and Craft Fair

15 November – 23rd December 2018

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country. You can shop, drink beer, eat tasty food, sing along to Christmas songs or watch the kids have fun on the carousel! Find out more here.

The Christmas Market, Leeds Castle, Kent

Selected dates through December, check the website for details

This is a Christmas Market not to be missed at this great castle with lots of stalls selling gifts, toys and tasty food. Kids will love the traditional fairground and the chance to meet some real reindeer and fascinating birds of prey. Listen out for some fantastic live music in the castle’s bandstand. Find out more here.

Know any more amazing Christmas markets that we’ve missed? We’d really love to know! If you’ve got ideas, suggestions or reviews, you can shout all about it on whatever channel you choose!

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