Get ready for the ultimate family fun,
With so many Christmas markets, the festivity has begun!
From across the country, we’ve gathered the absolute best,
Watch as your little ones are excited and impressed.
The best UK Christmas markets in 2022
There’s nothing quite like a Christmas market to get into the festive spirit! That’s why we’ve decided to create our ultimate list of UK Christmas markets for 2022 so you know exactly where to visit for some festive fun, dazzling displays, and delicious food!
Christmas markets in the Midlands
Birmingham Christmas Market 2022
Victoria Square, Birmingham
Thursday 3rd November – Friday 23rd December 2022
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market returns to Victoria Square and New Street from Thursday 3rd November to Friday 23rd December 2022! Get ready to experience the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria with fantastic gifts and a selection of tempting food and drink to try.
This is a great place to meet up with family and friends during the festive season and enjoy the live music programme on Victoria Square! Plus, pick up some super sweet presents for loved ones, with everything from delicate glass baubles to handcrafted wooden decorations, toys, jewellery and much more. Find out more here!
Christmas in Cathedral Square
Cathedral Square, Birmingham
Wednesday 16th December 2022 – Sunday 18th December 2022
Come along to Christmas in Cathedral Square this winter! Within the beautiful Cathedral grounds, you can find a variety of stalls offering you gifts, crafts and a range of festive food and drink!
During the event, you can enjoy fantastic music from local artists as well as luxury live music. You can visit stalls from a variety of independent midland businesses and even follow a penguin trail! There is something for all the family here to really enjoy the build-up to Christmas! Find out more here!
Blenheim Christmas Market
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
Friday 18th November – Monday 2nd January 2023
What’s not to love at the Christmas event as Blenheim Palace! The Christmas market will be returning for 2022 where you can enjoy many designer craft trader’s artisan products for those perfect gifts this Christmas!
In this truly magical event, alongside the market, you can explore the palace rooms, walk along the after-dark illuminated trail and have Christmas afternoon tea! Find out more here!
Cheltenham Christmas Market
Monday 8th November 2022 – Saturday 24th December 2022
With around 80 market stalls the Cheltenham Christmas Market could not be better prepared to satisfy your market needs!! You will have lots of opportunities to find unique gifts from the craft stalls alongside a variety of food and drink! You can even pick up a new decoration for the tree!
All along the pedestrianised promenade, visit the market in all its glory while you are out Christmas shopping or catching up with friends and family! There is even an extra pop-up Christmas Market between the 2nd– 4th of December! Find out more here!
Lincoln Christmas Market
Cathedral Quarter, Lincoln
Thursday 1st December – Sunday 4th December 2022
Back for another year, come and visit this beautiful Christmas Market at Lincoln Cathedral! Offering over 200 market stalls tucked away nicely in the medieval square and surrounding areas you can find an array of entertainment and unique stalls!
Roll back the years and walk along the cobbles of the cultural city! You can find local entertainment and a great selection of food and drink stalls offering all your winter favourites to enjoy with all of your family and friends! Offering over 2000 years of history this is a unique Christmas market not to be missed! Find out more here!
Scotland’s Christmas markets
Aberdeen Christmas Village 2022
Broad Street, Aberdeen
Thursday 17th November – Friday 31st December 2022
Aberdeen’s popular Christmas Village is bringing you all the festive fun from Thursday 17th November to Friday 31st December! Enjoy family thrills with a variety of festive fairground rides for all the family! Or skate in the open ice rink with the beautiful Marischal College in the background!
The popular open-air Christmas Market returns to Marischal College Quadrangle, filled with locally produced crafts, arts and gifts along with gourmet food and drink. Not only that, new this year is the Village Square at the heart of the Christmas Village! Where you can try Haggis Bon Bons, Venison Burgers from Wee Kitchens, and a variety of seasonal favourites from Sweet Haus! Find out more here!
Dundee Winter Fest
Slessor Gardens, Dundee
Friday 25th November – Sunday 1st January 2023
Get excited for a magical Christmas experience at the Dundee Winer Fest at Slessor Gardens! Come and visit the Bavarian Bar and over 20 market stalls offering you a host of different local crafts and all your favourite festive treats!
Bring all your family and friends along to the vintage funfair and take in the sights on the big wheel! There is also an illuminated ice rink for all the family to enjoy! What a fantastic place for everyone to come together this Christmas! Find out more here!
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Princes Street Garden, Edinburgh
Friday 25th November 2022 – Tuesday 3rd January 2023
Come to Edinburgh Christmas Market and see the hype for yourself! With traditional chalets only showing you the best local artisan products! Whether it’s a handmade gift, a decoration or even a little gift for yourself! There is something for everyone here!
Give your taste buds a ride with street food vendors offering you only the best Bavarian produce and Scottish delicacies! or relax in the bar with a hot drink to keep you warm! For those thrill seekers, there are some thrill rides to get your adrenaline going this Christmas! Find out more here!
Glasgow Christmas Market
St Enoch Square, Glasgow
For those festive thrills, St Enoch Square is a must-visit! Bring all your family and friends and enjoy Santa’s runaway train! Or dare to take on the Blizzard flying through the sky at 70mph!! Take on the ice climbing wall and see if you can make it to the 20ft top!
For the more relaxed enjoy a family photoshoot in Santa’s snow globe or enjoy your favourite festive treats such as luxury hot chocolates, crepes and wraps and bratwurst! Grab your family friends and toast marshmallows around the festive fire pit! This is one of the most enjoyable markets you can visit! Find out more here!
Southern Christmas markets
Bath Christmas Market
Queens Square, Bath
Thursday 24th November – Sunday 11th December 2022
After a 2-year pause the truly amazing Bath Christmas Market returns. Celebrating their 20th anniversary, come and visit where the spirit of Christmas glistens through the Streets. Enjoy the festivities with over 170 chalets bursting with Christmas cheer and explore some of what the best crafters have to offer!
You can find handmade jewellery, personalised presents and incredible homeware there is nothing you cannot find at this beautiful Christmas market! Enjoy your favourite festive treats and a range of hot drinks to keep you and the family warm and toasty during your visit! Find out more here!
Bournemouth Christmas Market
Bournemouth Gardens & Square
Thursday 18th November – Monday 02nd January 2023
Visit Bournemouth’s unique Christmas market this year! Visit the Alpine market where you can try all your favourite festive foods and drink and see the stalls from local craftsmen offering a variety of Christmas Gifts!
You can also visit the Alpine lodge and watch the world go by with a mulled wine or Cider, or go ice skating on the outdoor ice rink! And explore the magical Christmas tree wonderland showing over 100 glittering trees and illuminations! Whether you are with the family or catching up with friends there is something festive for everyone! Find out more here!
Brighton Christmas Festival
St Peters Church to Valley Gardens, Brighton
Friday 18th November – Saturday 24th December 2022
Welcome to the brightest Christmas Festival Sussex has to offer! You can visit the free-to-enter Christmas Market offering your local Christmas gifts and a selection of hot food and drink to keep you nice and toasty!!
You can also visit locally Santa’s Grotto at Paradox place and the Elf Express at Ironworks Studio! It’s a fantastic event to enjoy with family and friends throughout this festive period. Grab your winter warmers and find out more here!
Canterbury Christmas Market
White Friars Shopping Centre, Canterbury
Friday 11th November 2022 – Saturday 24th December 2022
If you are looking for a great Christmas Experience look no further! Canterbury Christmas Market is bringing a host of new attractions this year including breakfast with Santa, Santa Paws for our furry friends and even a VR full-motion sleigh ride!!
Bring all your family and friends and enjoy live music events and of course, the fantastic market stalls offering a host of different crafts and gifts and all your festive favourite treats! Find out more here!
Exeter Christmas Market
Exeter Cathedral, Devon
Friday 18th November – Sunday 18th December 2022
Make some lifelong memories this Christmas at the Exeter Christmas Market! Whether you are getting festive with the family or catching up with friends you can find something for everyone with over 100 glittering chalets! Devon’s largest Christmas market cannot be missed!
You can even enjoy live entertainment, Food and drink from all around the world! And some of the finest local crafts and Western country produce! Whether you are looking for those extra special gifts or a new tree topper, you can find everything needed to get you in the festive mood! Find out more here!
Christmas markets in Wales
Cardiff Christmas Market
St John Street Cardiff
Thursday 10th November – Friday 23rd December 2022
Grab your winter warmers and visit the Cardiff Christmas Market this year! This unique event continues to be one of the few markets that offer the best handmade crafts market stalls have to offer!
With over 200 individual businesses offering handmade and diverse arts and crafts, you can also find all your seasonal food and drink it simply is a great market to experience with all your friends and loved ones! Find out more here!
Hay-on-Wye Christmas Fayre
Memorial Square, Hay-on-Whye
Saturday 10th December 2022
Come and join over 60 traders at this year’s Christmas Fayre! With live music from the Hay Shantymen, festive carol signing and a fantastic selection of hot food and drink, come and visit with all your loved ones and enjoy a mulled wine at this amazing event!
For the children, there is a Christmas Trail throughout Hay to bring all the festive cheer! Hays high street will be bringing you a great selection of local crafts, Christmas gifts and decorations offering something for everyone! Find out more here!
Christmas market in Ireland
Belfast Christmas Market
Belfast City Hall, Belfast
Saturday 19th November – Thursday 22nd December 2022
The globally famous Belfast Christmas Market returns this year with a bang! Offering you something different from your average Christmas Market. You can find over 21 different nationalities from all over the world showing you local foods and gifts!!
There is something for everyone here! Try Crepes from France, a giant bratwurst from Germany, and an exotic selection of burgers! Treat yourself to the well-known “hug in a mug” of Gluhwein sourced from the award-winning Kochem Vineyard! Find out more here!
Northern Christmas markets
Chester Christmas Market
Northgate Street, Chester
Friday 18th November 2022 – Wednesday 21st November 2022
Welcome to the 10th Anniversary of the Chester Christmas Market! Here you can find over 70 market stalls all jam-packed with handmade gifts to provide the perfect present! Visit the new arcade and forum surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of Chester!
Your Christmas will be magical with a visit to Chester Market. On top of all the handmade goodies, you can enjoy all your favourite seasonal food and drink catering to everyone! Find out more here!
Grassington Dickensian Festival and Market
Sunday 4th December & Sunday 11th December 2022
Jump back in time and visit the Grassington Festival and Market this year! You can find shopkeepers and entertainers in Victorian costumes, paired with the cobbled streets and beautiful Yorkshire Dales Village this offers you a very unique Christmas experience!
With a range of unique stalls and shops offering you perfect stocking fillers along with fundraising and charity stalls, you can even watch a Punch and Judy show! Visit Santa’s grotto and enjoy some local food and drink. Be sure to visit at 4pm on the 4th of December to see the Christmas lights switched on! Find out more here!
Liverpool Christmas Market
St Georges Plateau, Liverpool
Sunday 19th November – Saturday 24th December 2022
Once again Liverpool create one of the best Christmas Markets on offer! Behind the beautiful backdrop of St Georges Plateau, you can find all your favourite winter food and drink stalls offering you cuisine from all around the world!
You can also find a diverse range of handmade crafts and amazing Christmas gifts! If you fancy a singsong, you can test your voice on the karaoke ski lifts! There is a range of bars for you to relax and enjoy a nice hot drink! Get excited for the Big Wheel, snow slide and Santa Land Rides! Find out more here!
London’s best Christmas markets
Hyde Park, London
Friday 18th November 2022 – Monday 2nd January 2023
No introduction needed here! Come and visit Hyde Parks Winter wonderland for all its glory! With spectacular shows, a fun fair, Santaland, and the Christmas Market, Winter Wonderland has it all!
Bring your winter warmers and take a ride on the big wheel and see some of London’s beautiful landscapes or sit back and relax and watch the famous circus show! If you are on the hunt for those extra little gifts, you can find a variety of handmade gifts in the market! Go ice skating and enjoy all your favourite seasonal food and drink! Find out more here!
Kingston Christmas Market
Kingston Market Hall, London
Thursday 10th November 2022 – Saturday 24th December 2022
Get excited for this year’s Kingston Christmas Market! A European-style market that ensures you are at one of the most magical places in London! You can find a host of different stalls offering a collection of handmade craft gifts! Or enjoy a light bite and a mug of mulled one at one of the food and drink stalls! Prepare to be amazed!
With classic Christmas carol singers and live music from local artists, this is a great place to meet up with your family and friends and enjoy a Christmas market like no other! There is even a Carousel for the kids! Find out more here!
Selfridges Christmas Market
The Mews, London
Saturday 5th November – Friday 23rd December 2022
Back for its second year! Selfridges Christmas market is brighter and bigger giving you all the festive cheer! You can see sustainably-grown Christmas trees! The perfect festive gifts for your loved ones and a food market in collaboration with food market pioneer Dominic Cools-Lartigue!
You can also find performances from Santa himself! Selfridges impressive helter-skelter this is a perfect location to enjoy this unique Christmas market between all the shopping! Find out more here!
Covent Garden Christmas Village
Covent Garden, London
Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Tuesday 3rd January 2023
This is a must-visit! Set to be the best Christmas market Covent Gardens has done so far, you can see the iconic Christmas decorations, festive markets, impressive food and drink stalls and everything you need to have the most festive time!
Take the perfect photo in Santa’s sleigh new for this year! Or really get into the festive mood and join in one of the snow showers and experience a white Christmas! With a generous offering of all your favourite seasonal food and drinks, this is a fantastic place to experience this year! Find out more here!
Leicester Square Christmas Market
Leicester Square, London
Wednesday 9th November 2022 – Thursday 8th January 2023
Come and see the busy centre of London transformed into the most magical Christmas market! This is a perfect spot to pick up those extra Christmas decorations, presents and those little stocking fillers!
While you explore this amazing European-style market, you can enjoy all your favourite seasonal food and drinks! This is a great opportunity to step out of the hustle and bustle of London and enjoy all the festivities in front of the magnificent National Gallery! Find out more here!
Christmas at Borough Market
Borough Market, London
Tuesday 15th November – Saturday 24th December 2022
You can enjoy a variety of festive fun at Borough Market this Christmas! From wreath making to an evening of Cheese! Come and visit the festive stalls and soak in the Christmas fun! With plenty of festive food and drink on offer, this is the place to be!
With a host of different Christmas events throughout December, no day will be the same at Borough Market giving you that extra Christmas experience. With guest traders, you are sure to find some fantastic crafts, food and drink on offer! Find out more here!
Christmas by the River
London Bridge City
Tuesday 15th November 2022 – Monday 2nd January 2023
Alongside the Thames with the amazing London skyline in the background come and visit Christmas by the River this year! You will find twinkling wooden cabins filled with traders offering the best hand-crafted items to make up those perfect Christmas gifts!
With an excellent mix of restaurants, bars and shops there is something here for all the family to enjoy this Christmas, whether you are just taking in the Christmas spirit or on the hunt for that perfect gift look no further than Christmas by the River! There will be free outdoor film screenings, choir performances and activities so be sure to grab the winter warmers! Find out more here!
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