The best Christmas markets in the UK

Christmas Market


With just a few weeks until Christmas, it’s time to start getting in a festive mood. Why not encourage the Christmassy feeling with a trip to a traditional Christmas Market?

In the past few years the UK’s Christmas markets have got better and better. Not to mention they offer a much more enjoyable shopping experience than the high streets at this time of year.

Christmas Markets have everything from stocking fillers, handmade crafts to tasty food vendors. Most cities have their own markets, but here are a few that you shouldn’t miss.

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria.

You feel like you’ve been transported across the North Sea with crisp German beer, Bratwurst and Brezels available – combined with live Christmas music.

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Newcastle Christmas Market

Newcastle has quickly become a must-visit Christmas destination because of the famous window at the Fenwick department store. The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-themed window is the perfect place to take your kids.

Their market has a unique charm, selling a combination of local products and traditional Christmas keepsakes. New this year is a ski lodge bar so you can enjoy a drink whilst taking a break from shopping.




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Glasgow’s George Square Christmas Market

Embrace Christmas traditions from all over the world at Glasgow’s Christmas Market. The market is filled with artisan products and high-quality handmade crafts.

The little ones can meet Santa at the advent calendar where he hands out sweets. They can also experience some good old-fashioned fun with a traditional helter-skelter and carousel.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

There’s so much to discover at Winter Wonderland, one visit is simply not enough. Day time is perfect for families. You can watch shows, hop on a fairground ride or try ice-skating at the ice rink.

During the night-time Winter Wonderland becomes the ultimate playground for adults. You can indulge with Bavarian beers, have a laugh at the winter comedy club or sing along at cabin karaoke.




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Leeds Christkindelmarkt

In the winter months Leed’s Millennium Square transforms into a German-style Christmas market. At the centre is a Bavarian eatery where you can enjoy traditional German food and drinks.

At the weekend children can have breakfast with Santa. A tasty buffet breakfast experience where Santa visits each table giving presents to the children.

If you’re planning a trip to any of these Christmas markets this year, make sure you get the cheapest train tickets at