I’ve been in denial about it up till now, but Christmas really is coming.
It will be here before I know it, and I think it’s almost time to start getting into the festive spirit. One of my favourite things to do to start feeling Christmassy is to head into Swansea town centre and wander round the Christmas market that pops up every year.
All around the UK Christmas markets are appearing, with amazing things to buy to get your presents for everyone sorted, as well as delicious food and drink to get you feeling all festive.
If there’s not a market close to you then there’s no need to worry, Stagecoach offer cheap bus fares to all sorts of towns so you don’t have to miss out.
Here are some of the best Christmas markets to visit in the UK.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Starting up north, there’s the Christmas market that hits Grey Street and turns Newcastle upon Tyne into a festive wonderland.
This market welcomes stall holders from all across Europe so there’s a fab range of things to buy, perfect for everyone on your present list. There’s always a great festive atmosphere and you can even test out your skating skills at the ice rink in Times Square.
Open: 11th December – 17th December
Birmingham has been home to a brilliant German Christmas market for 12 years now.
It’s held in Victoria Square, with Christmas lights illuminating the fountain creating the perfect festive home for the 180 stalls that pop up every year. You can get everything from beautiful jewellery to handmade toys, and enjoy browsing all the stalls with a marshmallow-topped hot chocolate in your hand.
Open: 17th November – 29th December
You can’t miss the Christmas market in Exeter, just head for the Cathedral and you’ll find all the wooden huts selling products from all round the world.
This year there’s an extra something on offer too. The Exeter Christmas market is adding a bandstand where local bands, singers and choirs will entertain the crowds in the evenings.
In case all that’s not enough for you, there are also Christmas markets in Castle street and Fore street, so if you’re a really big fan Exeter might be the perfect city for you to visit.
Open: 16th November – 17th December
If you fancy combining a festive market with some historic culture then Lincoln is a great choice.
There are over 280 stalls that are overlooked by the iconic castle and the cathedral, which combine to make this a really magical place to visit for the whole family.
What’s really lovely about the market in Lincoln is that new, seasonal stalls are put up and the established shops along the cobbled streets also come outside to sell their products too. To really make a visit here fun you can take a ride on the big wheel or one of the other fairground rides. But be quick because this market doesn’t stick around for long!
Open: 7th December – 10th December
If you really want to go all out this Christmas then head to London and visit the Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
There is so much on offer here from ice skating, to the circus, to Cinderella on Ice. There really is something for everyone. But it’s always worth booking in advance to make sure you don’t miss out because all the attractions are always in high demand.
Open: 17th November – 1st January
So there you have it, some of the best Christmas markets to visit in the UK this year. Which market are you planning on heading to?
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.