8 UK Christmas Markets To Visit This Winter

Christmas is the time of year that I look forward to the most. I’m always disappointed on Boxing Day when the madness ends in just one day – but the run up seems to get earlier and earlier each year with Christmas lines filling the shelves even before Halloween.

One tradition I always stick by is going to Christmas markets. The atmosphere is so special to me – the lights and music fill me with joy whilst getting beautiful smells of bratwurst and mulled wine. It’s getting to that time of year where people are planning weekends away (by ‘people’ I mean just me) for the markets so here are 8 great destinations to head to.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

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My boyfriend and I have been to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park two years running now and as a Christmassy human, I can honestly say it’s what I picture the entrance of heaven to look like. As you can see, it is HUGE with countless stalls of food, gifts and rides. If you haven’t been you must go!! It’s amazing! (not even an ad I just love it)

Exeter

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Had to include my home town of course 😛 I go to Exeter’s Christmas market every year, conveniently (or not for my purse) I live literally 10 minutes away so I end up going so much. The market is located right on the cathedral grounds – its beautiful.

Edinburgh

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I’ve always wanted to go to Edinburgh! And now that I’ve seen how great the Christmas market is, I want to go even more. This market has gifts, tasty treats and many unique items. I’m not sure how I’ll deal with the cold though, considering I live in one of the most southern parts of the UK – I may have to dig out the hand warmers..

Winchester

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I wanted to include Winchester as it’s one of the markets you don’t hear quite so much about. This market boats over 100 stalls and was named number 2 of “The Best Christmas Markets In The UK” by booking.com. I may have to take a trip…

Bath

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I have been to Bath Christmas market once before and I’m planning on going for my birthday this December too. The last time I went was quite a few years ago now but I remember it being so magical. The views of Bath are so beautiful and there are so many bespoke products to choose from.

Leeds

I’ve embedded this Youtube video so you can really get an idea of how wonderful it looks! Being from Devon, Leeds is really far from me but I really want to take a trip up there now as this market is heavily based on the German tradition – one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Glasgow

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Glasgow market surprised me on how wonderful it looks – bunting, beautiful centrepieces… what’s not to love? I don’t know what I was expecting but Scotland seem to be doing it so right at Christmas!

Nottingham

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How can you look at this photo and not want to be there?! I love ice skating, my mum and I have a little tradition of going every Christmas. It’s so special to be surrounded by festivities, wonderful music and great big trees with lights whilst you’re skating around the rink (or falling on your face if you’re me)

South bank

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Every time I go to London I end up at the South bank. It’s such a gorgeous walk along the water with a view of all the famous landmarks. So if you’re adding Christmas in to the mix… it’s a yes from me! They also have a circus bar and fire pits, I want to go, like, now.

That concludes this post on some fab Christmas markets to visit this winter! I hope you’ve been inspired to go check some out and are now feeling festive!

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3 Comments

  • Anne

    The birmingham market is really cool too. It has two sections, the German market and the Victorian market. Sadly, Ive not been since I’ve been in a wheelchair as I’m not sure I could manage the crowds. I would love to go to the Leeds market, that looks fabulous.

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