Christmas Market season is in full swing...

The Coca-Cola and John Lewis adverts have aired, the shops are open later and Christmas markets are popping up all over.

For magical festive shopping, wooden chalet lined streets each filled with handmade and beautiful gifts from Christmas decorations and food to toys and festive tipples; here are our top picks to everything you need for the perfect Christmas Market trip…


Bath Abbey | 27 November – 14 December

The Bath Christmas Market offers 18 days of magical festive shopping, as the areas between the stunning Bath Abbey and the renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopping wonderland. Almost 200 traditional wooden chalets will line the streets with unique gifts for little ones.

There is a lot to explore and experience beyond the market too with ice-skating in the crisp winter air and mulled wine in the Apr├Ęs Ski Bar. More family fun can be found at the beautiful Victorian Carousel in Stall Street to make it an unforgettable day out.

East Princes St Gardens | St Andrew Square | 21 November – 4 January

The Scottish capital certainly knows how to get into the festive spirit and this year is no exception. The heart of the city is full of festive cheer as it hosts the six-week spectacular; ‘Edinburgh'sChristmas’. There will be festive entertainment including not one but three Christmas markets, each with a huge variety of gift shopping, artistic displays, beautiful crafts, and delicious food.

Make memories to last a lifetime on the fairground rides or take a glide around the ice rink.

City Centre | 21 November – 21 December

Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets offer a staggering amount of choice. Spread across the city centre (within a quarter of a mile of each other), no less than 9 markets will be open daily. The 300 stalls will sell everything from handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps. Be sure to sample the dazzling array of food & drink, and why not treat your date to a traditional bratwurst, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast…delicious!

Locations across the capital | Mid-Late November – Early January

Traditional Christmas Markets have been running across the regional city centres for a number of years, but in London they are still fairly limited. Whilst you can enjoy quaint wooden chalets serving festive food, drink and crafts at The SouthbankCentre Christmas Market, for example, we’d suggest experiencing one of the more extravagant events in the capital. A festive family favourite is Hyde Park’s WinterWonderland, which is certain to bring out the big kid in you! Featuring carousels, funhouses and big top shows, along with a giant observation wheel, ice rink and Magical Ice Kingdom, this is a Christmas market with added excitement… not to be missed!
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