The Best UK Christmas Markets

Scroll down

The season of Christmas Markets is in full swing, and streets across the UK are embracing the festivities. But with so many towns and cities now offering Yule-themed markets, where can you go for the best?

1. Birmingham
Birmingham hosts the biggest Christmas German market in the UK, with the stalls and bars spreading across New Street, Victoria, Centenary and Chamberlain Square. With 180 stalls in total you’ll find all the pretzels, schnitzels and bratwursts you could wish for, with plenty of drinks on offer to wash them down with.

Dates: 13th November – 22nd December

2. Hyde Park, London
Hyde Park transforms into a Winter Wonderland over the Christmas period. With a large ice rink, observation wheel, ice sculptures and a vast market, you really can’t go wrong. There’s even an Ice Bar and a circus show!

Dates: 21st November – 4th January

3. Belfast
Belfast’s take on the Christmas market stretches from Belgian chocolates to bratwursts. The City Hall transforms into a Christmas village, with an inevitable Irish twist!

Dates: 15th November – 21st December

4. Edinburgh
For 6 weeks Edinburgh hosts a European Christmas market with a huge variety of stalls. There’s locally made food, drink and all sorts of handcrafted items on show. If that isn’t enough, there’s even Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Dates: 20th November – 4th January

5. Leeds
Leeds’s Millennium Square really brings the best of Germany for a hectic five weeks. It’s traditional, authentic and definitely worth a visit, but get there early to avoid the queues at the best stalls.

Dates: 13th November – 20th December

6. Bristol
Live music, crepes and bratwursts are all on offer in Bristol’s German Christmas beer garden. Take a wander through the shopping quarter and check out Der Alpen Klaus, for some Bavarian-style live music.

Dates: 6th November – 22nd December

7. Nottingham
Nottingham’s city centre turns into a Victorian-style Winter Wonderland for 6 weeks this winter. We have to admit it looks like a pretty cosy set-up.

Dates: 20th November – 3rd January

8. Cardiff
It’s all local, local and more local with plenty of Cardiff’s small business putting up stalls. If you enjoy craft produce then Cardiff is the Christmas market you need to visit.

Dates: 13 November – 23 December

9. Manchester
Manchester certainly doesn’t hold back on Christmas with 10 separate markets in the city centre. Have a look at the French-themed stalls and local street food on offer. Not one to miss.

Dates: 14th November – 21st December

Enjoy this? Try one of these...

You must be 18 or over to access this website.

What year were you born in?

What month were you born in?

What day of the month were you born on?

By entering this site you agree to our privacy and cookie policy