Christmas is just around the corner, and what better way to get into the festive spirit than to pay a visit to a Christmas market? Christmas markets are a place to fully immerse yourself into the festivities of the season, shopping for presents for your friends and family, indulging on delicious foods from all across the world, all whilst the wonderful scents of cinnamon and mulled wine fill the air.
Here’s our round up of some of the best Christmas markets in the UK for 2018.
Leeds Christkindelmarkt (meaning ‘Leeds Christmas Fairground) is one of the most established German Christmas markets in the United Kingdom. Each year, the market takes over Millennium Square in Leeds and transforms it into what looks like a scene taken straight from your favourite festive film. It is a very traditional market, with over 40 wooden chalet stalls that sell anything and everything from unique gifts to delicious eats. There’s even an opportunity for your little ones to enjoy breakfast with Santa himself in his cosy Alp Chalet.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland London Market
At the end of November each year, London’s popular Hyde Park gets transformed into a Winter Wonderland for all to enjoy. It is indeed a Christmas market, but on a much larger scale and has offerings you wouldn’t find elsewhere. It is open throughout the day through to the evening, however, many people prefer to visit at night when the Christmas lights have full effect. There is a number of great stalls, but it’s without question that the added extras are what gives Winter Wonderland its unique selling point. There is an ice rink, shows, and a number of attractions to be enjoyed. And the best part about it? The entry is completely free.
Edinburgh Christmas Market
Situated right in the heart of Edinburgh, in the East Princes Street Gardens, you will find the Edinburgh Christmas Market from mid-November right through until the start of January (a much more extended period of time than the majority of Christmas markets). It is a bespoke and traditional Christmas market that just gets bigger and better with each passing year, and so it really is no surprise that it was crowned the best Christmas market in the UK in 2017 (we think it has a good chance of being the best Christmas market for 2018!).
Visiting this family-friendly Christmas market is the perfect way to step into the festive season, with an abundance of stalls and attractions to be enjoyed. If you happen to have an EH postcode, you’re in luck, because you will be entitled to 20% off activities and attractions for 2018.
Blenheim Palace Christmas Market
Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, offers something new in terms of Christmas markets. It opens towards the end of November and remains open for a number of weeks, until mid-December. It hosts all of the traditional offerings of a Christmas market, however, it does have an added sense of luxury, with a range of designer items on offer to buy. There is also various sights, activities and attractions to be seen and enjoyed, including a scented fire garden. You might also wish to enter the palace itself, but in order to do so, you will have to pay extra for entry.
We hope you enjoy the Christmas season and have found our list above useful. Are you planning to head out to any Christmas markets? Please leave your recommendations and experiences in the comments below. Have a safe and joyful festive season.
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