With Christmas only a matter of weeks away, it’s time to enjoy all the festive season has to offer. Whether you have bought and wrapped all your Christmas presents, decorated the tree, written your Christmas cards or in fact, not quite achieved any of the above, the Christmas markets happening up and down the country will be sure to encourage plenty of festive cheer. From warming mulled wine and beautifully handmade Christmas decorations to buttery mince pies and of course, the opportunity to find a few special gifts, we’ve selected five of the very best taking place over the next few weeks.
9th November – 22nd December
With over 300 stalls winding their way through the streets of Manchester’s city centre, this is a Christmas market renowned for its European food and drink offerings, together with a beautiful selection of homemade gifts, crafts and home accessories. Open up until Saturday 22nd December between 10am – 8pm, the market in Albert Square closes an hour later and will be open for an extra day on Sunday 23rd – ideal for some last minute festivities!
17th November – 5th January 2019
A perennial favourite in this culture-rich capital, Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is one for the bucket list. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be greeted with an array of traditional, bespoke and unique gifts, decorations and festive food favourites. There’s lots for children to enjoy too, with bumper cars, a Christmas maze, traditional carousel and an ice-skating rink. From 1st -24th December, Edinburgh is also running its very own real life 24 Doors of Advent event to showcase some of the most unique buildings within its beautiful city.
London Southbank Centre
9th November – 6th January 2019
This enchanting Winter Market is a brilliant choice for the family, with festive food stalls, Christmas shows and beautifully made artisan gifts. Try your hand in the many workshops from dancing to music and storytelling, and by night be entertained by comedy and cabaret. Take part in free performances or watch the professionals in the brilliant Christmas shows of Circus 1903 and Rumpelstiltskin.
22nd November – 9th December
Lining the historic Georgian streets of this beautiful city, Bath’s magical and award-winning Christmas market brings you 160 stalls of traditional handcrafted gifts, personalised presents and festive decorations. Alongside the homeware, you’ll find delicious food stalls too – from hog roast to fragrant mulled wine. Proving its prominent position in the Christmas market calendar, Bath is going green this year selling decorations made from recycled plastic bags and bottles – all cleverly designed by Christine Leech, Creative Director of Marie Claire Runway Magazine.
15th – 16th December
Set in the stunning grounds of this traditional country home situated on North Norfolk’s popular coastline, Holkham’s Festive Food Fair is a truly gastronomical event. With local chef demonstrations and stalls from some of the region’s greatest producers, the Courtyard Cafe will also be opening its doors across the weekend. From Ferndale Cheeses to The Fudge Company, Candi’s Chutney, Leigh’s Bees and Dann’s Ice Cream, they’ll also be delicious produce from the Walsingham Farm Shop. If you needed any more persuasion, they’ll be a few non-foodie stalls too, offering even more unique gift ideas in time for Christmas!
As much as we’d love to, we can’t include every Christmas market, so if you know of a particularly festive one still to come before the big day, be sure to leave your recommendations below!