12 Christmas Markets You Won’t Want To Miss This Year

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From Berlin to Bath, there’s plenty of exciting and unique Christmas markets to explore throughout the festive season. Take a peek at our top picks and look forward to a magical break, in the UK or overseas…

Bruges


All of that lovely Belgian chocolate in a festive setting? We’re there! The market also offers plenty of Gluhwein, street food and winter products that are sure to tempt you. As one of the biggest Christmas markets in Belgium, you’re sure to have a memorable time exploring it.

Edinburgh

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Visit Edinburgh’s exciting Christmas markets for a taste of the traditional. From ice skating to quaint stalls selling a wide range of foods, drinks and gift ware, it’s easy to see why it has the title of one of the most popular festive markets in the UK. For true luxury during your break, be sure to take in a theatre show and have a good night’s rest in a top hotel.

York

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We may be biased, but we reckon York is up there as being one of the best Christmas markets available. The city’s medieval charm lends itself well to a traditionally festive vibe, and the well-loved St Nicholas Fair welcomes thousands of visitors every year. Other highlights include the annual Ice Trail, the famous York pantomime and the Ice Factor; a fun outdoor skating rink situated within the York Designer Outlet complex. For tasty food and drink in an authentic Viking-inspired setting, try the famous Thor’s Tipi.

Berlin

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The great thing about Berlin during the festive period is the fact that there’s so much going on! Whether you’re visiting the city for a romantic getaway with a loved one or want to explore the sights with your whole family in tow, Berlin has it covered. Tour the museums, check out the seasonal events and be sure to take plenty of photos, before sitting back with some tasty food in one of the main shopping areas.

Manchester

Think of the bustling city of Manchester during the colder months and their iconic Christmas market instantly springs to mind.  The main event is always based around Albert Square in the city centre, and an exciting annual concert marks the start of the celebrations. With a European theme, Manchester Christmas market visitors can expect hearty Bratwurst sausages and unique gift ideas as standard.

Vienna

Vienna is already stunning, so add plenty of Christmas decorations and seasonal spirit and it’s jaw-droppingly picturesque! Tuck into festive punch and tempting roasted chestnuts while browsing the wide range of handcrafted goods on offer. Take the kids to City Hall for a fun afternoon of cookie baking and candle making, or take in the charming Christmas village at Belvedere Palace.

Liverpool

Head to the St George’s Plateau outside of the magnificent St George’s Hall, and you’ll find Liverpool’s bustling Christmas market. Highlights include a cosy bar area, street food vendors, quaint stalls and impressive scenery throughout the city.

Paris

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Wander around Paris’ extensive range of Christmas markets with a warming glass of mulled wine. The City of Light is home to some of the most interesting and unique markets in Europe, with Swiss-style chalets aplenty. Visitors can expect weekend pop up markets alongside more permanent festive fixtures, all focusing on giving tourists and locals alike a memorable time!

London

Everyone and their dog has heard of Hyde Park’s iconic Winter Wonderland in the capital, and it’s with good reason, too. This huge celebration of all things Christmas is perfect for those who want to get into the festive spirit early, as it’s open from mid-November. A few of the highlights include innovative snow and ice trails, thrilling fairground rides, a winter skating area and the opportunity to meet the big man himself… Father Christmas!

Bath

Over 200 chalets offering visitors a variety of beautiful handmade and local products? Yes, please. There’s also a spectacular opening ceremony and a range of music events taking place throughout the festive season to look forward to. Celebrate the opening of this beautiful, historic market with live entertainment from the Bath Spa Band and the Glow Drummers… what’s more, you might even meet the Snow Queen!

Amsterdam

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Looks pretty, fun, right? Each year Holland’s picturesque capital turns into a veritable winter wonderland, with attractions and events galore. Soak up the glittering atmosphere of the Museumplein or take a picture in front of the awe-inspiring Christmas tree on Dam Square. If you want to explore at a more relaxed pace, the Flower Market is sure to impress.

Birmingham

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With over 120 stalls to explore, Birmingham’s iconic Frankfurt Christmas market is the perfect tonic for a cold wintry day. The market boasts the title of the largest German market outside of Germany or Austria, so visitors can look forward to traditional snacks such as pretzels and schnitzels served alongside Gluhwein and weissbeer. Tourists and locals alike can also enjoy a varied programme of live music on Victoria Square.

For a wide range of accommodation in each of the above locations, take a peek at our dedicated Christmas Market Hotels page.

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