Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our round-up of the best, most magical Christmas Markets.
Kick off your festive season with a visit to a twinkling Christmas market, sip a little glühwein, swish across the ice under a starry sky and stock up on gifts and trinkets for family and friends.
Christmas at the Cathedral, Winchester – Best for Choir Boys on Ice
Tucked into the Cathedral’s historic Close, Winchester Christmas market is one of the UK’s most charming festive fairs. Over 100 little stalls cluster around an open-air ice rink – real ice! – each one chosen for its high-quality gifts, decorations and festive foods. Bustling, friendly atmosphere and traditional feel.
More info: Winchester Christmas Market 17 Nov – 20 Dec 2018
Southbank Winter Market – Best for Thameside Twinkle and Sensational Circus
Winter on the Southbank comes with a great big festive dollop of metropolitan merriment and magic. The Christmas market wiggles along the waterside walkway beneath strings of lights and the fire pits sizzle at the Circus Bar. There are spectacular Christmas shows, free performances and workshops for all ages. From the sensational Circus 1903 for families to sparkling comedy and cabaret for adults.
More info Southbank Winter Market 9 Nov – 27 Dec 2018.
Edinburgh’s Christmas – Best for Fairytale Castle Backdrop and Festival Fun
Edinburgh undergoes a seasonal transformation as the winter festivals move into town. The festive German market fits like a sequin-spangled glove beneath the twinkling trees in East Princes Street Garden alongside traditional fairground favourites. Up on the Mound, there’s a distinctly Scottish flavour to the Johnny Walker Bothy Bar, two floors of Christmas cocktails and hot toddies.
More info: Edinburgh’s Christmas 17 Nov 2018 – 5 Jan 2019.
Bath Christmas Market – Best for Georgian Charm and Creativity
Bath’s gracious Georgian Streets are the perfect foil for the festive market that pops up in the picturesque city. This year, Bath Christmas Market has worked with Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine, to transform discarded single-use plastics into creative Christmas decorations. All the decorations along Abbeygate Street and Abbey Street will be made using recycled plastic bags and bottles, with local school pupils contributing to the effort.
More info: Bath Christmas Market 22 Nov – 9 Dec 2018
Christmas at Blenheim Palace – Best for Glittering Christmas Lights
Christmas at Blenheim Palace is poised to live up to the oft-heard claim of being a winter wonderland thanks not just to the high-end winter market but to the winter light trail through the festive gardens. From the delicate and twinkling to the grand and spectacular, the Formal Gardens will light up for the festive season. Wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in, shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and glistening baubles, and catch a glimpse of Santa and his elves along the way.
More info: Christmas at Blenheim Palace – 23 Nov 2018 – 1 Jan 2019
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