The UK’s Best Christmas Markets

Christmas is just a few weeks away, so we’re getting into the spirit of things here at DP, with our guide to the UK’s best Christmas markets…

Hot chocolates, seeing Santa, ice-skating, carol singing, mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and lots and lots of layers – there are so many things to love about Christmas, and what’s better than finding them all in one place? Christmas markets are a one-stop-shop of all things festive! Depending on what you’re after we want to keep spreading the Christmas cheer with our top selection of what’s happening and where this winter.

Manchester Christmas Market


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When? 9th November 2018 – 22th December 2018

Where? Albert Square and various spots around the city

Who? For the serious market-goers…

Why? Manchester Christmas Market is one of the biggest Christmas markets in the UK with sites all across the city. Sample the flavours of Germany and France, take a wander round the Cathedral Garden ice rink and finally, reward yourself with a warming mulled wine.

Edinburgh Christmas Market


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When? 17th November 2018 – 5th January 2019

Where? East Princes St Gardens

Who? For the traditionalists…

Why? You’re heard about Hootenanny right? Scotland goes to town for Christmas, and their Edinburgh Christmas Market is no exception. Set in the heart of Edinburgh, it’s your chance to take in the historical beauty of the city whilst indulging in all your favourite festive traditions.

Bath Christmas Market


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When? 22nd November 2018 – 9th December 2018

Where? Bath City Centre

Who? For the gift-hunters…

Why? Alongside the usual roasted chestnut and mulled wine stands, Bath Christmas Market is bustling with gift stalls. Ideal for getting a head-start on your Christmas gift shopping. You’re sure to find that special something for your loved ones here.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market


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When? 15 November 2018 – 23 December 2018

Where? Victoria Square and New Street

Who? For the pretzel-lovers…

Why? Discover an authentic experience at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market Twinned with Frankfurt, the German city shares its festive markets with Birmingham each year. Alongside the usual market stalls, expect traditional (and super-yummy) German food and drink.

Belfast Christmas Market


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When? 17th November 2018 – 22th December 2018

Where? Belfast City Hall grounds and Donegall Square North

Who? For the adventurous…

Why? With food stalls from Germany, France and Spain; Belfast Christmas Market offers the true taste of the continent this season. You’ll also find an array of gift stalls for all your Christmas shopping. Plus don’t forget to pay a visit to Santa’s Grotto!

London Winterville


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When? 15th November 2018 – 23th December 2018

Where? Clapham Common

Who? For the party animals…

Why? This year Londoners can avoid the crowds of Winter Wonderland, as there’s plenty of festive fun popping up south of the river. For comedy, dancing, music, food and drink, Winterville really has something for everyone.


And what’s better to wear to a Christmas market than a Christmas jumper!  For even more festive fashion ideas, don’t forget to check out our Christmas hub too… 


Emma Leyland

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