Christmas lights are going up in various cities, hat and scarf weather is JUST around the corner and everyone is SO ready for the Christmas markets. Even if you’re on a budget, walking around the Christmas markets with Mariah Carey playing in the background is a brilliant way to feel festive.
The smell of Frankfurt sizzling and mulled wine drifting through the air, it’s hard to not get that warm feeling inside. Even if you don’t enjoy Christmas, you should still go along to your local Christmas market even if it’s for the food!
If you’re getting bored of your nearest Christmas market, why not venture out to a different city and mooch around there?
Here is a guide to help you decide which market to visit this year:
If ONE Christmas market wasn’t enough, Edinburgh has two! One on Princes Street and another on George Street. If you live miles away from Edinburgh, I recommend a city break at this time of year, it’s truly magical.
The Princes Street market is on until the 6th of January, so if you have a busy run up to Christmas, you have a little bit of extra time after New Year if you didn’t get the chance to visit!
But, the market on George Street ends on Christmas Eve so make sure you plan your trip there in good time. Get into the Christmas spirit at the traditional and romantic Christmas market in the heart of the City Centre. They offer a unique shopping experience with crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises.
Find out more about the Edinburgh Christmas markets here.
Since Manchester is a huge city, it’s only fair that it gets a huge Christmas market to match! This market runs until the 20th of December so if you’d like to visit, you have less than a month left! Book your train tickets now!
The main market is based in Albert Square, in front of Manchester Town Hall, where the wooden stalls will remain open for an extra day, until December 21. There is also an ice rink in Cathedral Gardens for you to enjoy whether you’re with your partner, kids or friends! Read more about opening times and other locations here.
Leeds has one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls and festive greenery.
It is based in the stylish civic setting of the award-winning Millennium Square and attracts many hundred thousands of visitors to Leeds each year. The market has over 40 wooden stalls and has a very authentic feel.
This market runs until Christmas Eve and I can assure you, walking around with a mulled cider while Christmas music plays quietly in the background makes you feel incredibly festive! Find out more details about it here.
Winter Wonderland, London
Even if it’s just for the perfect Insta, Winter Wonderland should not be missed this year. It’s open until the 1st of January and there is SO much to do there.
Honestly, you’re probably best making a weekend out of it because you’ll want to stay there all day and all evening. There is a lot of information about Winter Wonderland as it’s on a much bigger scale compared to other cities. Here is everything you need to know.