Christmas markets in the UK are in full swing, and a must-visit to get into the festive spirit. We’ve put together a whistle stop tour of some of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
Edinburgh’s Christmas markets take place across a number of city centre locations. The main market is found at East Princes Street, where you’ll find over 130 stalls, the famous big wheel, an ice rink, and a whole host of festive food and drink stalls. The west end of George Street has been transformed into a glistening wonderland with the Ice Adventure, which boasts spellbinding and lifelike sculptures carved from ice and snow. A visit to Scotland’s capital is sure to get you feeling festive.
Manchester’s Christmas market was launched in 1998 at St Ann’s Square. Now, in 2017, the city attracts visitors from the whole of the UK – with nine markets spread throughout the centre. This year, all drinks are served in mugs or glasses in order to cut down on disposable cup waste. You’ll pay a £2.50 deposit on your mug to hold your drink (whether that’s gluhwein, coffee, or beer) and when you’re ready to leave, you’ll either get your money back or keep the mug as a souvenir.
In addition to the traditional German market at St Ann’s Square, Albert Square will host a European market, King Street a French market, and a family-friendly market at Cathedral Gardens. All nine markets are within walking distance of each other, so if you fancy hitting up all 9, Manchester City Council have put together a map with the best route.
Until December 24th, Millennium Square will bring the traditional German festivities to Leeds. Established in 2002 as a partnership between Leeds and Frankfurt, Christkindelmarkt is packed full of wooden chalet-style stalls, a carousel, and, of course, delicious food and drink. For a sit down meal, head to the Alp Chalet for Bavarian fare, and for something more informal, the Kuh Stall and Ski Hutte will be serving a range of hot and cold drinks and Bratwurst.
Swansea’s Christmas market will be open at Oxford Street until December 21st. Some stalls will host new traders every week, so you’re sure to find something different each time you visit. As you’d expect from a traditional Christmas market, there will be festive food stalls along with a bar serving mulled wine – the perfect place to relax after browsing the markets.
This year, a brand new Christmas market is coming to Bournemouth. The Alpine Market is a move away from the more traditional German market, and will focus on local traders and suppliers. The centrepiece of the market is an impressive, custom built alpine lodge which will offer indoor and outdoor heated spaces. There’s plenty of festive tipples and food to snack on, including cheese and charcuterie platters available at the alpine lodge. The market is open until January 4th, and the fresh approach is sure to be a hit with town.
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