From the well-established, to the brand-new, each with their own quirks and differences there is plenty to whet your seasonal taste buds.
If you’re searching for inspiration on exactly which one to go to, then you’re in luck! Here’s our list of top 10 Christmas Markets from across the five regions in which we build. Put your feet up, grab the mulled wine and enjoy. It’s almost like you’re there!
East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh:
This festive favourite continues to be popular year after year and there are so many reasons why. Located in the heart of Edinburgh, it has some seriously stunning surroundings to accompany everything that is on offer, providing a real dose of atmosphere alongside the Christmas merriment.
With the imposing Edinburgh Castle overlooking the market and providing the backdrop, East Princes Street Gardens offers a unique shopping experience for the city with artists, crafters and seasonal gifts. Pair this with a wide selection of food and drink and you’re onto a winner. If this doesn’t make you feel festive, we’re not quite sure what will!
When? November 16th to January 4th
Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival, Trades Hall, Glasgow:
If you’re looking to do Christmas a bit differently this year, the Glasgow Vegan Christmas Festival is for you.
With 50 stalls each day, cookery demonstrations, arts, crafts, talks, activities for children and some yuletide yoga classes, there is plenty to enjoy and inspire you on your way to a vegan Christmas.
When? Saturday November 23rd and Sunday November 24th
Newcastle Christmas Market 2019:
Located in the heart of the shopping area of Newcastle city centre, the market is the perfect place to visit whilst you’re doing your Christmas shopping. This year it is bigger than ever before, extending from Grey’s Monument to Blackett Street and Northumberland Street.
The market is packed full of shopping stalls that are ideal for those stocking fillers and the new Apres ski lodge is a great place for taking a load off after all that shopping and enjoying a drink. Meanwhile children will love the attractions, including a 30m toboggan slide that whizzes down Blackett Street, a Helter Skelter and traditional carousel.
When? November 16th to December 31st. (The shopping and attractions will be there until Christmas Eve, whilst the food and drink will remain until NYE)
Festive Shopping Fayre Wynyard Hall:
This is a shopping lover’s DREAM. Surrounded by 150 acres of tranquil Durham countryside, this four-day shopping extravaganza will have you in the festive spirit faster than you can say ‘Happy Christmas!’
At the fayre you’ll find, home and gift ware, clothes, jewellery and some of the best artisan food and drink from across the region. There’s a new food court for 2019 with a myriad of options, all alongside the firm favourites of pulled pork buns and mulled wine. It’s highly recommended you pre-book your tickets to avoid missing out.
When? Thursday November 21st to Sunday November 24th.
York Christmas Markets 2019:
Given its history, it’s only appropriate that the award-winning York Christmas Market has a medieval charm to it. Unlike other markets, the activity in York is spread across the city. There is the St Nicholas Fair – a ‘traditional’ fair with a Scandinavian feel, featuring 100 chalets full of festive food, drink, handmade arts, an ice rink and Santa in-situ. The iconic Shambles Market features the Yorkshire Yuletide Village. Complete with demonstrations from local craft makers, it adds to the seasonal activity in the city.
When? November 14th to December 22nd.
Leeds German Christmas Market:
This Yorkshire Christmas staple attracts thousands of people each year and it is easy to see why. The market transforms Millennium Square into a Bavarian Winter Wonderland for six weeks in November and December, with 40 stalls to explore.
The food and drink offering is one of the highlights of this ever-popular market and features favourites from across Germany, including bratwurst, glühwein, schnitzels and goulash. Meanwhile the main square is dotted with cosy bars and seating areas to sip a seasonal tipple and take a break from the festivities.
When? November 8th to December 22nd.
Central and the Midlands:
Sheffield Christmas Markets:
Running from Fargate to Town Hall Square and along to Peace Gardens, Sheffield’s Christmas Markets offers visitors 50 stalls to explore across the city’s main shopping area.
Santa’s Grotto takes pride of place at the centre of the market, whilst the 2019 edition features a big wheel, traditional German sausage grill and, an Alpine Bar. The sights and smells are sure to help you get into the festive spirit and with it running right up until Christmas Eve, there’s lots of time to take it all in.
When? November 14th to December 24th.
Chatsworth Christmas Market:
The regal Chatsworth House is always worth a visit. But when its halls are fully decked out in Christmas decorations and the popular Christmas Market taking place, November and December is the perfect time to return.
In splendid surroundings, soak up the seasonal atmosphere in amongst more than 100 stalls, each offering a wide range of gifts and decorations. If you fancy a tipple you can wrap up and enjoy a mug of mulled wine at one of the outdoor bars. Our advice? Pair it with a visit to the house and head to the market at dusk for a magical experience as the sun goes down.
When? November 15th to December 3rd.
Nottingham Winter Wonderland:
The largest event in the East Midlands, it’s easy to see why this was voted as the number one Christmas market in the UK by Vogue. There is SO MUCH to do, you could easily spend a couple of days exploring and you still might feel like you’d have more to do.
You’re well catered for on the food and drink front with traditional market stalls, formal dining and three distinct bars with their own themes. The entertainment is just as eclectic and wide ranging with club DJs to violinists and a whole host more. Then to top it all off, there’s an ice-skating rink, toboggan slide and helter skelter. See, we told you there’s a lot to do!
When? November 15th to December 31st.
Warwick Winter Food Festival:
The Warwick Winter Food Festival is the perfect place to stock up on seasonal delicacies and quality, local produce and treats for Christmas. Across more than 50 stalls you’ll find artisan food from across the region, with the event having a distinct festive feeling to it.
Alongside the delicious food and drink, there will also be family entertainment, making it a great day out for the whole family.
When? Sunday November 24th.