As Christmas approaches nighttime Christmas markets all over the UK are beginning to open their doors. Here visitors can sample delicious holiday treats, buy amazing gifts and handmade items and enjoy holiday brass bands, carolers, and twinkling Christmas lights. Whether you are just out to enjoy some yuletide magic or if you have some purposeful Christmas shopping to do, here are the best UK Christmas markets to visit this festive season.
Birmingham Frankfurt Market and Crafts fair
One of the best markets in the UK, the Birmingham German Christmas market is a family-friendly fun spot. Here not only can you do some much needed Christmas shopping at the craft market where local crafters and artisans have amazing gifts on offer, but you can also grab a delicious bite to eat and a warming drink at one of the many food stalls. During the festival, the city square is transformed into a beautiful, german, winter wonderland. It’s also a great place for kids as the market offers an ice skating rink, Santa’s village, and a big wheel. Ladies will love the Christmas jewelry market.
Castle Hill Market in Lincoln
This is the site of the first Christmas market in Britain and while it may have had humble beginnings, the Christmas market at Lincoln has grown substantially. The market is located between Lincolns medieval castle and its gothic cathedral so it offers quite a setting for the classic german market.
Here shoppers can find over 250 stands that sell holiday goodies and handcrafted treasures. The market only runs for 4 days, so blink and you will miss it.
Southbank Center Winter Festival in London
Here the chalet-style stalls line up along the bank of the Themes and offer shoppers a variety of festive gifts and goodies. Here you can enjoy decorations, delicious Christmas treats and drinks and jolly Christmas music and performers.
You can also catch up on some last-minute Christmas shopping or buy some amazing Christmas decorations. The market lasts from November to January and the atmosphere at night right on the river is electrifying.