Get into the festive spirit with a visit to a traditional Christmas market. We’ve picked 5 top options to wet your appetites! Here we go.
5. Exeter Christmas Market, Exeter
Set against the stunning backdrop of Exeter Cathedral, Exeter Christmas market is open from 20 Nov – 20 Dec. That’s 31 days to explore a wide range of stalls, 20% of which sell original produce from local traders. Highlights include speciality cheeses, Christmas crafts and live glass blowing demonstrations. Even better, Exeter Central Station is just a few minutes walk away.
4. Bath Christmas Market, Bath
Bath boasts one of the largest Christmas markets in the country. For 18 days you can browse over 150 wooden stalls and the street market to the backdrop of carols, all in the impressive shadow of the beautiful Bath Abbey. The market is located in the centre of this vibrant city, so a trip to the shops or retiring to a bar or restaurant is a must. Bath Spa station is just a short walk away. Entry is free.
3. Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
Set in the stylish Millennium Square, Christkindelmarkt features authentic German traders and over 150 wooden stalls. There’s a great selection of beers and beverages for the adults, as well as a wide variety of food, jewellery and handmade toys for the whole family. Christkindelmarkt is open from 14 Nov – 20 Dec 2014. Entry is free, the nearest station is Leeds City.
Want to know something awesome about Edinburgh? There’s not 1, but 3 Christmas markets in the city centre during the festive period. The European Christmas Market in Mound Precinct and East Princes Street Gardens offers a traditional (and somewhat romantic) take on the Christmas market experience, and boasts all the old favourites alongside artists and one-off gastronomic experiences. The Children’s Market in St Andrew’s Square gives a selection of festive, child friendly shopping experiences and festive treats. Also in St Andrew’s Square, The Scottish Market showcases the finest food and drink Scotland has to offer. Entry to all the markets is free, the nearest station is Edinburgh.
1. Winter Wonderland, London
No Christmas market countdown would be complete without London’s epic Winter Wonderland. Not only is there a huge selection of bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from, but a thrilling selection of rides too. Check out the Bavarian village for bratwurst, beer and bands. Or for something a little different, grab a cocktail at Bar Ice with handcrafted tables, walls and sculptures. Top it all off with a ride on the giant observation wheel, and toast the evening with a mulled cider and a beautiful view. Winter Wonderland is open from 21 Nov – 4 Jan, entry is free (certain attractions subject to charge). The nearest tube stations are Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch.
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