28 best Christmas markets in the UK for 2020 — from Bath and Edinburgh to London’s Winter Wonderland 🎅
1 — Sheffield Christmas Market
Once a handful of cabins, the market is now a full-blown Christmas experience with a Santa’s Grotto, Big Wheel, an Alpine Bar and a traditional German Sausage grill. Until 24 Dec, sheffieldchristmasmarkets.co.uk.
2 — Newcastle Christmas Market
Have a cosy wander around the market at Grey’s Monument. Over 70 stalls are selling everything from artisan cheeses to art. Until 31 Dec, newcastlegateshead.com.
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3 — Mediacity UK Christmas Market, Salford
Pagodas will illuminate the piazza, lighting up the food and market stalls, not to mention the many performers. Until 22 Dec, mediacityuk.co.uk/whats-on/event/christmas-at-mediacityuk.
4 — Peterborough Christmas Market
There are over 100 stalls selling gifts, jewellery crafts and food including mulled wine, hot chocolate, and Christmas cake against the backdrop of the cathedral. Until 28 Dec, peterboroughchristmasmarket.co.uk.
5 — Wolverhampton Christmas Market
Stalls will be selling local food and drink including cheese and gin – and some stallholders will be in Victorian costume. Until 23 Dec, eatdrinkseek.co.uk/event/wolverhampton-christmas-market.
6 — Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
The largest German Christmas market outside of Germany has over 80 stalls plus schnitzels, glühwein and weissbeer. Until 23 Dec, birmingham.gov.uk/info/50062/christmas_in_birmingham.
7 — St Nicholas Christmas Fair, York
Soak up the medieval charm at the fair that won Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards in 2020. Yorkshire produce from crafters is on sale alongside a funfair. Until 22 Dec, visityork.org/whats-on/christmas.co.uk.
8 — Christkindlemarkt, Leeds
More than 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalets in Millennium Square selling hand-crafted jewellery, authentic German food – and there’s a Christmas Carousel. Until 21 Dec, millsqleeds.com/christmasmarket.
9 — Manchester Christmas Markets
More than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the lively city centre offering international food, drinks and delicately crafted gifts. Until 5 Jan, manchester.gov.uk/info/500357/christmas.
10 — Winter Wonderland, Nottingham
Over 70 Bavarian-style stalls are selling hand-crafted goods, as well as food and drink. There are lots of festive activities, from ice skating and fairground rides to tobogganing. Until 31 Dec, nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk.
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11 — Christmas Makers’ Market, Coventry
Artists and designers’ stalls selling independent, handcrafted gifts will take over the FarGo quarter. 14 Dec, fargovillage.co.uk/events/christmas-makers-market-14-december.
12 — Chester Christmas Market
Over 70 wooden chalets surround the tree in the heart of the city centre. You’ll find handmade crafts, jewellery, and stocking fillers on sale. Until 22 Dec, visitcheshire.com/whats-on/chester-christmas-market-p223731.
13 — Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
You’ll find crafts, fresh food and a bustling atmosphere helped by food stalls and Bavarian-style bars on Cathedral Green – plus carol services and concerts. Until 19 Dec, exeter-cathedral.org.uk.
14 — Salisbury Christmas Market
Browse the beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the historic Guildhall Square, warm up over some mulled wine or festive treats and listen to one of the choirs, bands or singers. Until 24 Dec, visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/ideas-and-inspiration/christmas-in-salisbury.
15 — Bath Christmas Market
Over 150 twinkling chalets fill Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets, selling homeware, gifts and food. This year you can make a festive wreath or blow your own glass bauble. Until 15 Dec, bathchristmasmarket.co.uk.
16 — Bristol Christmas Market
Not only will traders will be selling crafts on Broadmead, there is also live music and visits from Santa and his reindeer – plus you can try your hand at curling. Until 23 Dec, visitbristol.co.uk.
17 — Canterbury Christmas Market
There are more than 70 stalls and two craft and produce areas. On selected dates there will be live music and arts and crafts activities. Until 24 Dec, canterburychristmasmarket.co.uk.
18 — Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
This market attracts half a million visitors with its wooden chalets surrounding an ice rink in the cathedral close. Until 22 Dec, winchester-cathedral.org.uk/home/christmas-at-the-cathedral.
19 — Winter Wonderland, London
Away from the rides in Hyde Park, there are over 100 fairy-lit wooden chalets selling jewellery, handmade crafts, decorations and treats. There are also regular shows, a grotto and tepee dining in Cedar & Spruce. Until 5 Jan, hydeparkwinterwonderland.com.
20 — Southbank Winter Market, London
You’ll find seasonal goodies, twinkling lights and warming drinks beside the Thames, while traders from around the world offer an array of handmade gifts and delicious street food. Until 5 Jan, southbankcentre.co.uk.
21 — Christmas Makers and Street Food Market, Brighton
In the Brighthelm Centre 40 local artists are selling artisan gifts, while in the gardens there is a street food market . 14 Dec, visitbrighton.com/inspire-me/holidays/christmas-and-new-year.
22 — Portsmouth Christmas Market
Log cabins line the high street, selling food and gifts, plus winter warmers. There’s a walk-in bauble for festive selfies. Until 24 Dec, visitportsmouth.co.uk.
23 — Belfast Christmas Market
International traders are offering artisan gifts and food, including French crêpes, Dutch pancakes, and giant bratwursts. There is a vintage carousel, helter skelter and cosy bar. Until 22 Dec, visitbelfast.com/event/belfast-christmas-market-2020.
24 — Edinburgh Christmas Market
Stalls on East Princes Street Gardens are selling everything from bespoke products and gifts to locally produced food. There is a Big Wheel and a Star Flyer ride, as well as a carousel. Until 4 Jan, edinburghschristmas.com.
25 — St Enoch and George’s Square Markets, Glasgow
The markets boast chalets selling gifts and gastronomic treats such as locally sourced crispy duck. Until 29 Dec, whatsonglasgow.co.uk.
26 — Aberdeen Christmas Market
You can buy gifts, stocking fillers and snacks from the pop-up festive village set against Marischal College. There is also an ice rink, rides and live music. Until 31 Dec, aberdeeninspired.com/festival/aberdeen-christmas-village.
27 — Cardiff Christmas Market
Over 200 colourful wooden stalls selling handmade gifts can be found in St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, Trinity Street and the Haye. The traders are happy to chat about their work. Until 23 Dec, cardiffchristmasmarket.com.
28 — Swansea Christmas Market
A range of crafters, traders and street food vendors on Oxford Street will be offering gifts, food and decorations, from jewellery to ceramics, to fine cheese, wine and home-made chocolates. Until 22 Dec, visitswanseabay.com/swansea-christmas.
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