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The best Christmas markets in the UK


There’s something special about Christmas that gets even grown ups excited about the whole ‘jolly season’ matter: Christmas markets. With their cosy atmosphere, their hundreds of lights, the carols sung on daily little jams and of course the very important huts, decorated to impress even the most cynical grinch; these annual events are simply the best excuse to switch off, enjoy a bit of mulled wine or craft beer and be marvelled by all those little pretty things that make Christmas Christmas.

There’s a place where all the carolling and street food venturing has a special touch of magic with tons of tinsel and rivers of sequins: check out with us the best Christmas markets in the UK. The big cities dress up for Christmas either putting on their winter wonderland magic on or showcasing the best artisanship products: from London to York, Bath to Liverpool, the UK is one very good place to be around Christmas.

Manchester Christmas market

From the food marvels at Albert Square, which include Belgian fries and the 30 different toppings, as well as the spicy curry and the delicacy of Charlotte Chocolate Factory, to the Halloumi fries at King Street or taking a selfie at the Birdie booth photo at St Ann’s Square, Manchester Christmas Market offers one of the best food adventures to have just over Christmas.


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Bath Christmas market

Bath already is one of the most magical cities in the UK, with its Roman heritage spread across its allies: differently from most of the other best Christmas markets in the UK Bath’s is only from 22nd November to 9th December. It features an Apres Ski Bar and 160 chalets displaying handmade products for the very best Christmas shopping you could possibly hope for.


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York Christmas market

There are cities in the UK that can take us back in time in a jiffy and York, with its medieval architecture, is where to be transported in some other era: over Christmas the city livens up with a series of events, including the iconic St Nicholas Fair and some playful panto fun. Have a taste of yule themed Yorkshire fodder and you will definitely see how York Christmas market is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.


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Birmingham Christmas market

It also goes by the name Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market and it is the largest ‘German themed Christmas Market’ held not in Germany or Austria: Birmingham Christmas market is for sure the place to be as it is also the largest outdoors Christmas market in the UK, with more than 5 million visitors every year.


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London Christmas market

We have written a full editorial on why London’s Christmas market is one of the best Christmas markets to visit in Europe: the so-called Winter Wonderland, an event that will feed the spirit with jolly thoughts of adults and kids. With its 200 Bavarian huts and the giant observation wheel as well as the many live shows, it is definitely unique, but you can also get yourself to the river banks for ‘Christmas by the River’ shopping along the 68 stalls at London Bridge or check out Jazz live session at Camden’s Christmas takeover.


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Liverpool Christmas market

St George’s Hall Markets is where Liverpool Christmas market is held, with all the traditional street food stalls, including waffles, hot chocolates, hog roast and many other things you should try before going on a diet. The Christmas spirit goes on even down at Liverpool’s Pier head where the family Ice Christmas Festival is held.


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Bury St Edmunds Christmas market

It actually goes by the name Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre and it happens for only few days well ahead of Christmas: the Georgian town livens up from the 22nd to the 25th of November (2018) it is where kids are entertained by rides, puppets shows, snow globes and of course Santa’s reindeer. Adults can venture down the cobbled streets whilst shopping all the prezzies well ahead before last minute shopping.


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