I’ve spent the past couple of weeks doing a mini tour of lots of different Christmas Markets around the UK. I absolutely love Christmas Markets to get you in the Christmas mood. What’s more festive than drinking a mug of gluhwein, enjoying yummy food and listening to Christmas tunes?
Every November, I have to visit London to see it in its festive glory. The windows, the lights, the markets; it’s all so magical. It can get insanely busy so I do try and visit the last week in November to avoid crowds. There are a few Christmas markets dotted around London but Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is definitely the big one. There’s so much to see and do from ice skating, visiting the circus, eating ALL OF THE FOOD and there’s also some pretty epic rides. We managed to get lost wandering around in circles amongst the lovely stalls selling handmade goods, it really is that big!
I absolutely love the Birmingham Christmas Market and when I used to live in Birmingham i was a regular visitor. It’s actually the largest Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria with over 120 stalls. I’ve been trying to weigh up all of the markets I’ve visited and I think Birmingham’s is still my favourite, the atmosphere is always so festive and the food is amazing. Every Christmas, I plan to re-visit Birmingham and enjoy the market. It’s also mandatory that I pick up a box of chocolate marshmallows otherwise known as Schokokuss.
This past weekend, I visited Manchester with Mercure Hotels and Talented Talkers. I had such a lovely time and got to visit the Manchester Christmas Market. There will be a lengthy blog post about my weekend coming very soon! There’s a few different markets dotted around the city centre but I was advised by the lovely doorman in Selfridges to head to the Town hall – It’s the best there. I believe that it’s the last couple of days of the market as they were running low on mugs, hence why we got a 2014 one! I did find that Manchester had the best food stalls, everywhere I looked I was been tempted! It’s also home to the famous zippy Santa on top of the Town hall.
We also visited Winter Wonderland which is at Eventcity next door to the Trafford Centre but it definitely was more for families with young children. Maybe I’m getting old, but it was way too much noise and chaos for me!
The Christmas St. Nicholas Fair in York might be on a smaller scale to the others but it’s so lovely. For years now, I always visit York right before Christmas for a little bit of last minute shopping and to visit the market. Along Parliment Street are stalls selling locally handcrafted gifts, everything is so adorable! There is also Thor’s Tipi which you can enjoy a cosy drink around a log fire. Visiting York would make a lovely Pre-Christmas break, Intercontinental Hotels have some lovely options. I’d thoroughly recommend Hotel Indigo – I visited their restaurant earlier this year and loved it.
Next year, I’m hoping to broaden my horizons and visit some different ones. Edinburgh’s Christmas market looks amazing, I only missed it by a couple of days last month! Once my friend Hayley has moved to Winchester, I’ll certainly be visiting her down South and checking out that Christmas market. Bath is also on my list!
Have you visited any Christmas Markets this year?