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THE BEST CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Kick your festive cheer into gear with a magical Christmas market break. Need inspiration? We’ve done the legwork for you, so all you have to do is write your wish list! Check out our guide to the best Christmas markets in the UK and Europe this winter.


Traditional Christmas Continental Market in Belfast

Traditional Christmas Continental Market in Belfast

18 November - 22 December 2018

 

The fabulous City Hall gardens are transformed into a stunning continental village each year for the Belfast Christmas Market. Complete with gift and food stalls, bars, entertainment and Santa’s Grotto, you’ll discover a kaleidoscope of yuletide sights, sounds and smells.

 

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Spoilt for Choice in Berlin

Spoilt for Choice in Berlin

End of November - December 2018

 

You'll have an array of Christmas markets to choose from in Berlin. The Christmas market at Gendarmenmarkt is a Berlin institution offering traditional gifts and delicious festive food. Watch belt makers, wood carvers and tailors all create their wares. The Alexanderplatz market is also a family favourite complete with rides and an ice rink. 

 

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Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

15 November - 23 December 2018

 

The largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany comes to Birmingham, bringing with it a Victorian carousel and over 100 stalls selling handcrafted gifts. With the pretzels, bratwurst and the gluhwein flowing, this market is one of the liveliest and most popular around.

 

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Seven Different Themed Markets in Dusseldorf

Seven Different Themed Markets in Dusseldorf

22 November - 30 December 2018

 

Embark on a magical winter trail as one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets casts a spell on Düsseldorf’s historic old town. Spread across seven locations, all within easy walking distance of each other, the Christmas villages each have a different creative theme.

 

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Fun for the Whole Family in Edinburgh

Fun for the Whole Family in Edinburgh

16 November 2018 - 5 January 2019

 

Enchanting at any time of the year, Edinburgh gets an extra dusting of magic during the 6-week event that is Edinburgh’s Christmas. You’ll find all the charming stalls you’d expect, plus an ice rink, helter skelter, big wheel and an array of family-friendly attractions.

 

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Festive Village at Exeter Cathedral

Festive Village at Exeter Cathedral

15 November - 16 December 2018

 

Exeter's Cathedral Green gets its sparkle on with a mix of continental and local stalls offering handmade gifts and decorations. New this year will be the bandstand where local bands, carol singers and choirs will serenade you as you wander the stalls and tuck into delicious festive treats.

 

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Get Crafty in Hannover

Get Crafty in Hannover

29 November - 22 December 2018

 

Hannover’s Old Town Christmas market will transport you to a magical time and place where you can indulge in exquisite handmade decorations and wooden toys. Glassblowers, potters and candlemakers demonstrate their skills under the eaves of the beautiful Market Church.

 

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London's Winter Wonderland

London's Winter Wonderland

22 November 2018 - 6 January 2019

 

London has more Christmas markets than you can shake a cracker at, but if you can only visit one, head to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. This dazzling attraction boasts an ice rink, a giant wheel, live performances, an ice bar, market stalls and Santa’s workshop. And it’s free entry!

 

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Feeling Festive in Cologne

Feeling Festive in Cologne

26 November - 23 December 2018 

 

Like many German cities, Cologne is touched by the magic of Christmas during the festive period. The Roncalliplatz comes alive during this time, with the largest Christmas tree in the Rhineland and the Cologne Cathedral as a backdrop. Four million visitors are expected to visit to get involved with the festivities, wandering the markets filled with sweet delicacies, local artisan's crafts and of course the original Christmas mulled wine. 

 

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Gingerbread delights in Southampton

Gingerbread delights in Southampton

Held in the Above Bar pedestrian precinct, grab a waffle or a gingerbread heart and get into the Christmas spirit with a dose of traditional Christmas music paired with a Bavarian twist, or see the Flying Santa show at Southampton’s Christmas market.

 

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Romantic Christmas in Paris

Romantic Christmas in Paris

November - December 2018

 

With 400 lit Christmas trees and thousands of twinkling lights stretching from the Champs-Élysées to the Place de la Concorde, Christmas doesn’t get more romantic than Paris. Soak up the sensational ambience as you sample typical French culinary delights.

 

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Award-Winning Markets in Manchester

Award-Winning Markets in Manchester

Don’t miss Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Market, with over 300 festive stalls and chalets located across numerous spaces around the city centre. The market returns this year offering mouth-watering food and drink including the traditional bratwurst and mulled wine to numerous crafted yuletide gifts.

 

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Complete your Christmas in Glasgow

Complete your Christmas in Glasgow

Christmas isn’t complete without a visit to a traditional market for glass of warm festive cheer or some delicious street food. Head to George Square over the festive period to experience the Glasgow Christmas Market, and take a ride on the iconic big wheel or explore the stalls for a unique gift for the family.

 

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