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Top Five Christmas Markets

For many, Christmas markets are a highlight of the festive season. Originating in Germany, they’ve grown in popularity here in the UK and most cities now having their own offering. Funfair rides, traditional gifts and boozy treats mean there’s something on offer for any age and guarantee a great day out for the whole family. Here are our top five Christmas markets across the UK.

WINTER WONDERLAND, LONDON

Not for the faint-hearted, Winter Wonderland is a festive assault on the senses, but don’t be surprised if it feels like the world and his wife have showed up. An annual event that takes place in London’s Hyde Park, it’s become incredibly popular in just a few years, and is now a yearly tradition for many Londoners. Although that might be a case of too much of a good thing for some, it’s definitely worth a visit at least once.

Dates: 17th November – 1st January
More information: http://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

FORTNUM’S CHRISTMAS ARCADE AT SOMERSET HOUSE

Somerset House’s offering is an Instagram-worthy Christmas corridor of rooms that house a pop-up Fortnum & Mason’s shop. A treasure trove of stocking filler delights, expect food, tea, decoration and hampers from the iconic brand. Once your Christmas shopping is done, there’s an ice skating rink in Somerset House’s picturesque courtyard, and boozy hot chocolates served by the rink-side bar to keep you warm.

Dates: Until 7th January
More information: https://www.somersethouse.org.uk/whats-on/skate-somerset-house/fortnums-christmas-arcade

BATH CHRISTMAS MARKET

Unsurprisingly for one of the UK’s most scenic cities, Bath’s Christmas market is picturesque despite its size, and takes place on the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and the Abbey. Over 200 stalls sell produce mainly from local suppliers including ceramics and glass wear, clothes, toys and homeware, as well as food and drink.

Dates: November 23rd – December 10th
More information: https://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk

EAST PRINCES STREET GARDENS MARKET, EDINBURGH

If you’re up for braving the cold, there’s nowhere more festive than Edinburgh. One of two Christmas markets that take place in the Scottish capital, this one is the more traditional of the two, festooned with lights and even including a big wheel, helter skelter and carousel, guaranteed to delight younger visitors.

Dates: November 18th – January 6th
More information: http://www.edinburghschristmas.com/your-visit/locations/east-princes-st-gardens

LEEDS CASTLE CHRISTMAS MARKET

 

The stunning Christmas market that takes place in the grounds of Leeds Castle can’t be mentioned without talking about its main attraction: live reindeer! They’re not the only feature that keep the crowds entertained however, as birds of prey, live music, funfair rides and stalls also add to the general merriment, as well as the traditional offerings of seasonal gifts, toys, festive decorations, and specialist food and drink.

Dates: First three weekends in December
More information: https://www.leeds-castle.com