Monday, 13 November 2023

Top 10 Christmas Markets You Can't Miss in the UK 2023

Welcome to the enchanting world of festive wonder as we embark on a journey through the United Kingdom's top 10 Christmas markets. 'Tis the season of joy, and what better way to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit than by exploring these magical markets that transform city centres into winter wonderlands. From the bustling streets of London to the historic charm of Edinburgh, each market offers a unique blend of local crafts, delectable treats, and a vibrant atmosphere that captures the essence of the season. Join us as we discover the sights, sounds, and flavours that make these Christmas markets the epitome of yuletide magic. Whether you're seeking the perfect gift, indulging in seasonal delights, or simply basking in the festive ambiance, these markets promise an unforgettable holiday experience. Let the journey through the UK's most amazing Christmas markets begin!

Edinburgh - Scotland

From 17th November 2023 to 6th January 2024

Edinburgh's Christmas, situated in the heart of the city, offers the ultimate winter experience for families. Running from November 17, 2023, to January 6, 2024, this seven-week extravaganza transforms the city centre with traditional Christmas Markets, exciting fair rides, live outdoor events, delicious food, and more. From festive delights to spectacular entertainment, there's something for everyone. Visit their Christmas Markets page for venue details and explore the festive season's live events. We look forward to welcoming you this year!

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Manchester, England

From 11th November to 22nd December 2023

This year, Manchester celebrates the 25th anniversary of its first Christmas market in 1998, solidifying its status as the UK's Christmas capital. Over the past quarter-century, the markets have consistently drawn Mancunians and visitors by the thousands to enjoy festive treats. With 225 stalls across nine city centre locations, including the iconic ski chalet market stalls in Piccadilly Gardens (transformed into the Winter Gardens), Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann's Square, Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange, and King Street, this year's Christmas markets promise an enchanting experience. The much-anticipated Manchester Christmas Parade, returning on December 3, is set to be even bigger and better than last year's unforgettable inaugural event, attracting families to the city centre streets.

Manchester Christmas Markets - Manchester - Visit Manchester


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Chester, England

 From 17th November to 21st December 2023

Chester Christmas Market returns for a magical festive experience in the heart of the city. With 70 traders surrounding the town hall, the new arcade, and the forum near the iconic sparkling tree, this handmade and historical market offers a unique shopping experience. Discover locally made crafts, jewellery, accessories, and stocking fillers, ensuring you find the perfect presents. Chester has your Christmas all wrapped up!

Chester Christmas Market - Visit Cheshire


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Birmingham, England

From 2nd November to 24th December 2023

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market, a beloved annual event, lights up the city each winter and is a favourite among residents and visitors alike. Nestled on Victoria Square and along New Street, this market, the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, boasts a diverse array of traditional goods and gifts, along with tempting food and drink options. From pretzels and schnitzels to bratwursts and roasted almonds, the culinary delights are complemented by gluhwein, weissbier, or rich hot chocolate. The festive ambiance is perfect for gatherings with family and friends, enhanced by a lively music program on Victoria Square. Explore the stalls for handcrafted wooden decorations, delicate glass baubles, crystal lamps, Sounds of Nature, hand-crafted leatherwork, toys, jewellery, and more—a one-stop-shop for delightful presents!

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market - Visit Birmingham


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York, England

From 16th November to 22rd December 2023

Experience the enchantment of a winter wonderland in York from November 16th to December 22nd. With over 75 alpine chalets lining Parliament Street and St Sampson's Square, the festive atmosphere comes alive with twinkling lights and cheerful carols. Explore these charming chalets to discover locally crafted treasures and artisan gifts, all brought to you by talented local traders.

York Christmas Market 2023 | Visit York


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Bath, England

From 23rd November to 10th December 2023

Bath Christmas Market is back in the historic city from November 23rd to December 10th, creating a winter wonderland in the picturesque Bath City Centre. This free event features charming chalets among iconic monuments, offering a festive atmosphere with mulled wine at every corner. Embrace the holiday spirit and create lasting memories in the heart of Bath.

Bath Christmas Market


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Nottingham, England

From 18th November to 31st December 2023 

Winter Wonderland is back in Nottingham, bringing extended Christmas magic! The city's premier Christmas attraction features the Ice Rink, Sky Skate ice path, and popular spots like the Ice Bar, Sur La Piste, and Altitude ski bars. Running from November to New Year's Eve, it's open for an extra week this year. Whether skating above Old Market Square, enjoying a festive drink at the skate-up bars, or opting for the ground-level ice rink, there's something for everyone. For a unique experience, check out the themed Ice Bar at a chilling -10 degrees—don provided gloves and coats for warmth. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience; book early to secure your spot!

Nottingham Winter Wonderland 2023


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London, Covent Garden, England

From 7th November 2023 to 1st January 2024

Experience the magic of Christmas in Covent Garden as its cobbled streets and Piazza come alive with giant festive installations, a Santa sleigh, and a Christmas Sandwich Festival. From the Market Building to Seven Dials, the atmosphere is filled with the warmth of mulled wine and holiday stalls.

Christmas in Covent Garden | Covent Garden


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Newcastle, England

From 18th November to 23rd December 2023

Newcastle's Christmas Market, a festive city tradition, is back from November 18th to December 23rd! Spread around Grey's Monument, Grainger Street, and this year, Old Eldon Square too, the lively market features local independent traders, offering a perfect opportunity to find unique Christmas gifts, savour delicious hot chocolate, or simply immerse yourself in the festive ambiance.

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Rochester, England

From 25th November to 10th December 2023

In the stunning Rochester Castle gardens, the Christmas markets span three weekends, offering an ideal setting to find that perfect gift or stocking filler among numerous craft and trade stalls. Enjoy hot and cold beverages, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts, and more from the available food and drink stalls.

Rochester Christmas Market 2023 | Visit Medway - Visit Medway


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Posted by Adam Groves on Monday, 13 November 2023 07:58

Monday, 14 November 2016

UK Christmas Markets Guide

Christmas Market Guide for the UK.

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Christmas is such a magical time of the year, made even more festive by the amazing selection of Christmas Markets that happen all over the UK.


We’ve put together a comprehensive list of all of the Christmas Markets happening in the UK, and some useful links to find a Hotel or Bed and Breakfasts so you can enjoy the Gluhwein or two!


Why not take this opportunity to have a little city break with family or friends, and enjoy all the festivities and perhaps get some Christmas shopping in at the same time.


Below is a list of all the events  around the UK -




Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park – 18th November  – 2nd January

Winter Wonderland B&B 

Christmas in Leicester Square – 11th November 2016 – 8th January


Kingston Christmas Market – 19th November – 31st December


Belgravia Christmas Market – 3rd December 2016 – 4th December


Taste of London Winter at Tobacco Dock – 17th November – 20th November


Hyper Japan Christmas Market at Tobacco Dock – 25th – 27th November


Tate Modern Christmas Market – 19th November - 23rd December


Winter Festival at Southbank Centre – 11th November – 25th January


Christmas by the River at London Bridge – 30th November – 3rd January


Christmas Fair at Chelsea Physic Garden – 26th November – 27th November


Greenwich Market at Christmas – 23 November – 24th December


Christmas at Camden Market – 17th November – 22nd December



London Bed and Breakfast & Hotels




Manchester Christmas Markets 10th November – 20 December


Manchester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Leeds Christkindlmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market – 11th November – 18th December


Leeds Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Glasgow Christmas Markets – 10th November – 29th December


Glasgow Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Bath Christmas Market – 24th November – 11th December


Bath Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Bath Christmas Market Bed and Breakfast



Edinburgh Christmas fair – 18th November – 7th January


Edinburgh Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Edinburgh B&Bs and Hotels



Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market – 18th November – 20th December


Winchester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Skipton Christmas Market – Sunday 4th December and Sunday 11th December


Skipton Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Exeter Christmas Market – 19th November – 18th December


Exeter Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market – 17th November – 29th December


Birmingham Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market B&B

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Brighton Christmas Market – 18th – 24th December


Brighton Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Bristol Christmas Market – 11th Novmeber – 24 December


Bristol Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Oxford Christmas Market – 8th December – 18th December


Oxford Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Nottingham Christmas Market and Ice rink – 19th November – 24th December


Nottingham Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre 24th – 27th Nov


Worcester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Chester Chrismtas Market – 18th Nov – 18th Dec


Chester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Bury St Edmunds


Bury St Edmunds Christmas fayre – 24-27th nov


Bury St Edmunds Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Chichester Christmas market – 3rd – 11th December


Chichester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Cheltenham Christmas Market – Nov 24th – Dec 17th


Cheltenham Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




A Victoria Festival of Christmas in Portsmouth – 25th – 27th Nov


Portsmouth Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Lincoln Christmas Market – Dec 1 – 4th


Lincoln Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market – 17th – 20th Nov


Gloucester Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Harrogate Christmas Market – 17th Nov – 20th


Harrogate Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Newcastle upon Tyne


Newcastle Continental Christmas Market – 18th Nov – 11th Dec


Newcastle upon Tyne Bed and Breakfasts


St Albans


St Albans Christmas Market 24th Nov – 18th Dec


St Albans Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Llandudno Christmas Fayre – 17th Nov – 20th


Llandudno Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Chatsworth House


Chatsworth House Christmas Market – 12th Nov – 30th Nov


Bakewell Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




12th Nov – 23rd Dec Southampton Christmas Market


Southampton Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Ipswich Christmas Market – 9th – 11th December


Ipswich Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Salisbury Christmas Market – 24th Nov – 18th Dec


Salisbury Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels


Stoke on Trent


Stoke on Trent Christmas Market – 30th Nov – 24th December


Stoke on Trent Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Cardiff Christmas Market – 10th Nov – 23rd December


Cardiff Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Durham City Traditional Christmas Festival – 2nd – 4th December


Durham Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels




Bournemouth Christmas Market – 17th Nov – 31st December


Bournemouth Bed and Breakfasts & Hotels



For more help finding a place to stay, check out our Christmas Markets Quick link search


Have a great time enjoying all of the festivities!

Posted by David Martin on Monday, 14 November 2016 04:55