Go up north for festive fun in the city of Manchester, with the main market hub situated in Albert Square, twinkling beneath the town hall. Follow the trail of market stalls through the city centre to find little Christmas gems – including amber jewellery, Belgian chocolate and French soaps.
Voted into Europe's 20 best Christmas markets back in 2019, you know you'll be getting the best Christmas market experience in Manchester. It was once voted the UK's most Instagrammed Christmas market, too, so you're guaranteed to find plenty of festive photo op.
If you can't get enough of the Albert Square market, there are countless others dotted all over the city. Cathedral Square, Market Street, Exchange Square and the Corn Exchange are all very central locations with festive markets on offer.
Christmas cheer runs from: 10 November 2022 to 22 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Manchester's Christmas markets
Located in Winchester Cathedral’s historic Inner Close, Winchester's German-inspired Christmas market attracts over 400,000 visitors a year.
With traders selling stollen and mulled wine, delicate glass-work and painted textiles, it's easy to see why. Though the market has a German theme, British craftsmen are strongly represented.
Christmas cheer runs from: 18 November 2022 to 22 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
Birmingham’s internationally-renowned Christmas market is inspired by its twin town of Frankfurt. Banish the winter chill with a mug of warming glühwein and browse the stalls selling wooden toys and Christmas decorations. There are plenty of Bavarian treats on offer too, from bratwurst to brezel.
This bustling market is the biggest outside of Germany and Austria. The twinkling stalls on Victoria Square and New Street will keep you happily occupied for hours – and if you need a break from shopping, why not view Birmingham from above in the Big Wheel or have a skate around Centenary Square’s ice rink?
Christmas cheer runs from: 3 November 2022 to 23 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham
With gifts from as far afield as Kenya and Ecuador, Glasgow's markets are a great place to track down stocking fillers with a difference. There are two, with 50 stalls apiece: George Square Market and St Enoch Square Christmas Market.
Painted Russian dolls, Italian nougat, and woollen jumpers from Lapland have previously been among the highlights, along with a Bavarian beer house and Glühwein House run by Markus Kochems of the Mosel valley, one of the world's top wine producers.
Christmas cheer runs from: St Enoch Square Christmas Market is open from 18 November 2022 to 3 January 2023. George Square Market is open from 1 December 2022 to 8 January 2023
More info and opening hours: Glasgow Loves Christmas
Situated in the beautiful grounds of Belfast City Hall, this market brings yet more exotic colour to your Christmas shopping.
Here you can find interesting gifts from all around the world, and sample exotic meats such as alligator, ostrich and wild boar. Don’t forget to visit the local traders, too.
If you get a bit nippy, escape to Lavery’s traditional Irish bar, listen to the live music, and let a warming glass of glühwein lift your spirits.
Christmas cheer runs from: 19 November 2022 to 22 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Belfast Christmas Market
The Southbank Centre is fantastic at any time of the year, but is particularly glorious in the lead up to Christmas.
This Nordic-inspired market offers a line of wooden stalls by the river bank, with views of the twinkling Thames and glowing London Eye. You’ll find a plethora of quirky Christmas crafts, and lots of fresh mince pies and spiced cider.
To round off your day, catch a Christmas concert, traditional choir performance, or a seasonal community show at the Southbank Centre. And there are loads of fun-filled family activities to keep little ones entertained too.
Christmas cheer runs from: 3 November 2022 to 8 January 2023
More info and opening hours: Southbank Centre Winter Market
The weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year in Edinburgh are – and not to exaggerate – complete bliss for festive fans.
In the run up to the annual Hogmanay celebrations that swarm the city centre on New Year's Eve – concerts, merriment and a group singalong to Auld Lang Syne included – there are fun fairs, a traditional Christmas market and a new spectacular ice rink to visit.
Expect German-style wooden stalls taking over in East Princes Street Gardens and in West Princes Street Garden until early January, selling the usual fare, plus an array of charming gifts made by local businesses. Enjoy a mulled wine or a steaming hot coffee before heading over to the fair, and taking a ride on the neon-coloured Big Wheel...
Christmas cheer runs from: 5 November 2022 to 5 January 2023
More info and opening hours: Edinburgh Christmas Market
Locals love the Christmas market – located around Greys Monument – but Newcastle has yet to emerge as a destination for market-loving day-trippers beyond the north-east.
The market itself is fairly small, but gets everything right: twinkly lights, food stalls galore and independent sellers offering up their finest products. The stalls stay open until Christmas Eve.
The real benefit of a Christmas market day out in Newcastle is the festive feeling among the friendly locals, and the market's prime position by the architecturally-appealing Grey Street, which leads down towards the Quayside.
For more festive fun in the Toon, you mustn't miss Fenwick's famous Christmas window display at the bottom of the main shopping avenue, Northumberland Street, or pass up a twirl on the Centre for Life ice skating rink, located five or so minutes from Central Station.
Christmas cheer runs from: 19 November 2022 to 23 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Newcastle Gateshead Christmas Market
Nottingham's Winter Wonderland is proudly the largest Christmas affair in all of the East Midlands. This year it has two locations, Old Market Square and Trinity Square with festivities running up to New Year's Eve.
Old Market Square will feature Nottingham's main Christmas Market and has a new observation wheel plus other fair rides, while Trinity Square will be a large winter village with a festive bar featuring alpine igloos and barrels, a perfect break during your Christmas shopping.
Christmas cheer runs from: 15 November 2022 to 31 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Nottingham Winter Wonderland
Wales' capital Cardiff has a lovely Christmas market sprawling through its centre. You'll find wooden stalls decorated in winter-blue fairy lights, selling festive goodies on Hills Street, Working Street, Trinity Street, St John Street, and the Hayes.
It's been running for more than 20 years now, often with the aim of supporting local craftspeople in selling their goods. There are over 200 businesses taking part each year.
Local artists, creators and confectioners fill each chalets to sell their finest produce. There's everything from textiles (blankets, pillows, scarves), decorated glasswork, leather bags and wooden gifts to handmade chocolates, jewellery, bath salts, candles and more. You certainly won't struggle to buy for friends and family here.
Christmas cheer runs from: 10 November 2022 to 23 December 2022.
More info and opening hours: Cardiff Christmas Market
Unlike many of the markets we've listed, Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire's Christmas market ends mid-December, and is a ticketed (but still free) activity. So, you'll want to ensure you've got your ticket before you drop by.
Undeniably, the stunning palace – all dressed up in Christmas lights – is the ultimate backdrop for this Christmas market. It's far more spacious than it's city centre counterparts, but offers a similar selection of gifts and treats: delicious drinks, street food, homemade gifts, leather accessories, unique jewellery, stationery and more.
Since you have to make an effort to drive to Blenheim, note that parking is no longer free after 12pm. Best to arrive early in the morning, around 10 to 11am to avoid a £10 parking fee.
Christmas cheer runs from: 18 November 2022 to 18 December 2022
More info and opening hours: Christmas at Blenheim Palace
On Parliament Street in the heart of the city lies York Christmas Market: a classic German-style market selling Christmassy trinkets and delicious treats. And once you've reached the top of the street, there are more stalls to come. In fact, anywhere you trek in York city centre on a weekend in December, you're never far from Christmas cheer.
What sets this market apart is the level of sweetness of the gifts on offer. You can do some serious gift shopping here – no tat allowed. Local breweries, sweet-makers and crafty types fill the stalls with everything from scented candles and quirky puppets to toffee vodka, giant, gooey brownies and rich, flavoured fudge.
Admittedly, the best time to visit York's Christmas market is early in the morning, before the lunchtime rush hits. York's not a huge city and it's a small high street, so can get very crowded quickly. That way, you'll be able to get the most out of each stall. Still well worth a visit, even if it does mean downing your glühwein at 10am...
Christmas cheer runs from: 17 November 2022 to 23 December 2022
More info and opening hours: York Christmas Market
Voted the UK’s favourite Christmas market back in 2017, it’s easy to see why people love getting into the festive spirit in Bath. Against the backdrop of the city's Roman baths and magnificent 16th-century abbey, 151 twinkling chalets line the Georgian streets.
These little grottos hold many beautiful gifts, from handmade jewellery and cosy hand-knitted socks to tasty gingerbread and cheeses. There really is something for everyone.
For a bustling, atmospheric feel, look around the traditional wooden stalls during lunchtimes and weekends. For a slower, less crowded meander, visit in the mornings or on weekday evenings. Whenever you decide to go, you’ll be delighted by the choirs, carollers and musicians floating their festive tunes across the market.
Christmas cheer runs from: 24 November 2022 to 11 December 2022
More and info and opening hours: Bath Christmas Market
Why not celebrate Christmas like a king in Caerphilly Castle? This one-weekend event has a distinctly Medieval slant, allowing you to experience a 13th-century-style festive knees-up.
This market is small, but is stuffed with quirky and interesting stocking fillers. Over 100 stalls offer up a tasty selection of chocolates, cheeses and gins, as well as Christmas decorations, crafts, jewellery and gifts.
With funfairs for tots, mulled wine tents with live music, and choirs and entertainers galore, this really is an event that has something for everyone.
Christmas cheer runs from: A day-long Winter Food & Craft Markets will replace this years' usual market on 3 December 2022.
More info and opening hours: Caerphilly Christmas Market
Festive and fortified in equal measure, this Christmas market is held on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the 12th-century Leeds Castle in Kent.
This beautiful setting provides the perfect stomping ground in which to browse seasonal gifts, tree decorations, and specialist food and drink. And if you tire of the stalls, the castle is a delight to wander around.
Prepare to be enchanted by the reindeer, birds of prey display, and traditional funfair rides.
Christmas cheer runs from: 26 November 2022 to 3 January 2023
More info and opening hours: Leeds Castle Christmas Market
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