Best Christmas Markets To Go To In The UK This Year

Christmas Markets

Tinsel and sequins in every corner, the sweet voices of carol singers, and the wonderful aromas of mulled wine and spices are all things that come with the festive season. If you’re looking to get into the yuletide spirit, a trip to a Christmas market will surely get you there.

From the streets of Manchester and Edinburgh to the banks of the Thames, here are the best Christmas markets to visit in the UK this year.


The Glasgow Christmas Markets will take place in George Square and St Enoch Square, displaying festive gifts and offering local street food and warm festive drinks. There’s also offerings of live entertainment and family-friendly fairground rides, like the vintage Helter Skelter and carousel.

Runs from November 9th to December 22nd.

For more information, visit Glasgow Loves Christmas.


Located in the middle of the city’s shopping district and specialising in handmade products, Cardiff’s Christmas Market is the ideal spot to pick up some unique gifts.

Runs from November 15th to December 23rd.

For more information, visit Cardiff Christmas Market.


The Scottish capital’s Christmas Market in East Princes Street is the ideal destination to get you in the festive spirit, offering bespoke gifts from its fair of crafters, artists and gift shops, and traditional culinary delights.

Runs from November 15th to January 5th.

For more information, visit Edinburgh’s Christmas.


Birmingham comes alive every winter with the arrival of the city’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, the largest authentic German Christmas Market outside of mainland Europe. Delicacies on offer include pretzels, schnitzels and bratwursts, as well as glühwein (mulled wine), Bavarian beers, and hot chocolate.

Runs from November 15th to December 23rd.

For more information, visit Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market.


Set along the banks of the Thames, beneath the London Eye, Southbank’s Winter Market is the ideal spot to pick up festive produce, artisan gifts, and tasty treats and tipples.

Runs from November 9th to December 27th.  For more information, visit Southbank Centre.


Manchester’s award-winning European Christmas Market winds it way through the city’s streets, tempting market-goers with mouth-watering international delights like Hungarian goulash, Spanish Paella and French profiteroles, and artisan gifts like toys, jewellery and crafts. With more than 300 stalls and chalets, Manchester’s Market has something for everyone.

Runs from November 9th to December 22nd. For more information, visit Visit Manchester.

Leeds Castle

Kent’s 11th-Century Leeds Castle is the perfect setting to celebrate the festive season. From the stalls on Cedar Lawn offering specialist food and festive decorations to traditional fairground rides that give you a spectacular view of the grounds, a trip here will truly have you feeling all festive.

Runs November 24th, 25th and December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th.

For more information, visit Leeds Castle.


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