Manchester’s Christmas Market runs from 8th November – 21st December
It’s become a bit of a tradition here at Cotswold Co to include a few of the best Christmas markets happening up and down the country in the run-up to Christmas. It’s always a difficult decision to choose between them all, as the tradition of the Christmas market has grown so exponentially in the last few years making it that bit harder to choose which ones to visit.
From those held over the course of a weekend, or for several weeks in December, there are the long-standing favourites – London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or Winchester’s beautiful festive setting in its cathedral, for example – that continue to shine. It’s nice to focus on the not-so-well-known too though. Those that you may have heard of but haven’t visited, or those that have been on your must-visit list for some time.
For buying small gifts, supporting small businesses, sampling homemade Christmas treats, or for general good old festive cheer, Christmas Markets really are a terrific way to get in the festive spirit leading up to the big day.
Chester Christmas Market
16th November – 22nd December
Centred around the heart of Chester, 70 traditional wooden chalets await you at Chester’s magical Christmas Market. Open seven days a week, this market is a real nostalgic treat.
Glasgow’s Christmas Markets
9th November – 29th December
Glasgow’s popular Christmas Markets – in St Enoch Square and George Square – combine an array of traditional artisan gifts and delicious treats with festive cheer. Open from 9am and 10am respectively with the festivities carrying on until 10pm every evening, you’ll find a vintage helter-skelter, traditional carousel and a merry Father Christmas ready to greet you too. The St Enoch Square Christmas Market runs until Sunday 22nd December, while the George Square festivities run until Sunday 29th December.
York Christmas Market
14th November – 22nd December
Voted the UK’s Most Festive City in 2017 and Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards in 2019, it’s fair to say York’s St Nicholas Fair is a market to add to your list this season. Held in the centre of Parliament Street, take a wander through the traditional alpine chalets to find gifts from local makers and delicious festive treats.
Columbia Road Christmas Market, London
27th November, 4th, 11th & 18th December
London’s famous flower market is getting into the festive spirit this year with a traditional Christmas-themed market taking place on Columbia Road every Wednesday from now up until Christmas. Open 5pm-9pm, independent shops and local stalls will all be getting into the festive spirit too with local pubs and cafes on offer with warming glasses of mulled wine and carol singers ready to serenade you with Christmas classics. A must-visit if you’re in the area.
Oxford Christmas Market
5th – 21st December
Join in the magical festivities on Broad Street for Oxford’s Christmas Market this December. The sound of traditional carols, stalls selling aromatic mulled wine and festive treats, together with an array of artisanal gifts, await.
Waddesdon Manor Christmas Fair, Aylesbury
16th November – 22nd December Weds-Sun
In the heart of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, Waddesdon Manor – opening in 1889 – is quite the festive spectacle. Beautifully decorated, it includes 80 wooden chalets all selling unique gifts and Christmas treats.
A few for foodies…
Holkham Hall Festive Food Fair
14th – 15th December
A beautiful setting on the North Norfolk coast, Holkham’s Festive Food Fair is now in its third year. Together with a wealth of local food producers, they’ll also be wreath-making classes using festive foliage found amongst the grounds.
Padstow Christmas Fair
5th – 8th December
With 100 stalls all selling delicious treats, The Padstow Christmas Festival – now in its 12th year – is truly a feast for the eyes – and appetite! This year welcomes a host of popular chefs into the mix too – including Rick Stein, Paul Ainsworth and Nathan Outlaw – to host demonstrations and offer top tips for the festive feast!
We say this every year, but there really are so many Christmas Markets happening across the UK at this time of year, that we really can’t mention them all! Whichever you decide to attend, we hope you have a truly lovely festive time.