Best Christmas Markets in UK!

Edinburgh Christmas Market

    When the Christmas time is here the most beautiful Christmas markets in UK are waiting for you! From north to south, from west to east, do not miss your dream Christmas markets during your Christmas breaks!  Here is your perfect travel wishlist for a Christmas getaway to the best Christmas markets in UK.

Want to make a romantic getaway? Go to Bath! Want to reexperience Christmas of yesteryear in family, the taste of real gingerbread, German waffles, the magic of wooden toys that come alive?  Leeds Christmas Market is perfect for all! 

You are a thrill seeker? Ride aboard the thrilling rides of  Edinburgh and London Christmas Markets! You had rather find original gifts for the whole family? Birmingham and Manchester Christmas markets are among the largest Christmas markets in the UK.

Let’s have a look at the best Christmas Markets in UK together:

Manchester Christmas Market

Manchester Christmas Market
Manchester Christmas Market

In December, the northern English city is a single Christmas market. At least it seems like this, because there are actually many different Christmas Markets taking place in Manchester at the same time.

From the loud, colorful market as you know it from big cities in Germany to the small contemplative market with many handmade unique items: in Manchester there is the right Christmas market for every taste.

The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere.

For a full guide to enjoy Manchester Christmas Market, here is our detailed review.

Locations: Cathedral Gardens, Market Street, Exchange Square, Corn Exchange, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, King Street, St. Ann’s Square, Brazennose Street.

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Christmas Market
Edinburgh Christmas Market

An already beautiful city like Edinburgh will be unbeatably cozy before Christmas. Although this season is not characterized by a lot of daylight, as soon as the sun goes down, the city is immersed in a sea of ​​Christmas lights. Many pedestrian zones and shopping centers are decorated and brightly lit. There is a nice Christmas market in the middle of the city. There are numerous chic cafés and pubs to warm up.

Check our detailed guide to enjoy Edinburgh Christmas Market the best way possible.

Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market
Bath Christmas Market / Copyright Bath Tourism Plus

The Bath Christmas Market has a romantic atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK. Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Christmas Market. The city also boasts a unique mix of independents, designer boutiques and high street brands. 

Check our detailed guide to enjoy Bath Christmas Market the best way possible.

York Christmas Market

York Christmas Market
York Christmas Market / Copyright

Soak up the medieval charm of York at Christmas. Scents of spiced mulled wine and delicious food fill the air, making York the place to be this season. Don’t miss York’s popular festive market, its back with more Christmassy fun than ever before…

Take a leisurely stroll along St Nicholas Fair and soak up the festive atmosphere, as you discover fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers showcased at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. If you’re looking for more traditional Christmas gifts, don’t forget to wander amongst the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street.

Check our detailed guide to enjoy York Christmas Market the best way possible.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham Christmas Market
Birmingham Christmas Market / Copyright Visit Birmingham

The world’s largest authentic German Christmas market to be staged outside Germany or Austria is the Birmingham Christmas Market in UK.

Visitors will also able to enjoy the delights of German mulled wine (Glühwein), grilled sausages, vegetarian food, pretzels, German beer, and for those with a sweet tooth, gingerbread, crepes and marzipan sweets.

At the heart of the market in Victoria Square, will be a traditional bandstand where musicians will perform every lunchtime and evening. Groups of local carol singers and school children will also be staging special performances throughout the festive period.

Check our detailed guide to enjoy Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market the best way possible.

London Christmas Market

London Christmas Market
Winter Wonderland / Alexey Fedorenko

Christmas markets and Christmas lights in London are among the city’s top attractions during Christmas. In the 2 weeks before Christmas, night is turned into day in London. You can see countless people walking through the streets at night or late at night to photograph the city’s impressive Christmas lights.

Probably the most popular London Christmas Market is Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. This Christmas market combines all essential winter activities in a magical environment. It also creates a festive paradise for the whole family. 

There are many other exciting Christmas Markets in London from Southbank Center to Covent Garden, from Leicester Square to Greenwich Christmas Market. Check out our complete guide to plan your Christmas break in London.

Winchester Christmas Market

Winchester Christmas Market
Winchester Christmas Market / Copyright

Christmas Market in Winchester is a must-visit destination for all those wishing to experience a traditional Christmas break. The city justly claims to be England’s Christmas Capital and its Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities with a stunning Christmas Market and real Ice Rink dominating its beautiful and historic Close.

From its relatively modest beginnings, the Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market now attracts over 350,000 visitors each year and has achieved a reputation as being amongst the very best in Europe. Within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close you’ll find over 100 attractive wooden chalets brimming with goodies. The stallholders are individually selected by the Cathedral’s in-house team to ensure superior quality, uniqueness and that a wide range of products are available. Each year there’s a rotation of stallholders and a good percentage of invited new traders to keep the market fresh. There’s a strong emphasis on British and artisan amongst the stallholders. Look out for Hampshire’s finest cheese and sourdough toasties – these alone are reason to return regularly!

BONUS – Leeds Christmas Market

Leeds Christmas Market
Leeds Christmas Market / Copyright

Leeds Christmas Market, Christkindelmarkt is one of the largest and most established German Christmas markets in the UK. With traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colorful lights all create a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of the city center.

The market consists of over 30 wooden chalet stalls from authentic German traders providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone including; handcrafted toys, jewelery, Christmas cards and festive decorations, specialty foods and traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, soups, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits.

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