The closer it gets to Christmas, the bigger the need is to start making festive plans, and in recent years, one particular tradition that has become much more popular in the UK, matching the enthusiasm of other countries in Europe, is the pastime of visiting a themed Christmas market. These kinds of markets not only give you the opportunity to stock up on lots of seasonal necessities and treats, but they also just have a vibe and feeling about them that can really get you in the festive spirit. Here are ten of the best Christmas markets in the UK in 2018.
1 Blenheim Palace (15th – 18th November)
Is there anything better than exploring a winter wonderland with a royal palace setting? This amazing venue in Oxfordshire boasts more than 150 stalls featuring both traditional and modern Christmas themed crafts.
2 Bath Christmas Market (22nd November – 9th December)
Bath is famous for its street markets, and Christmas is no exception. The market boasts more then 170 stalls, and its route includes the beautiful Abbey and Roman Baths that are so famous across the world.
3 Edinburgh Christmas Market (16th November – 5 January)
You can enjoy this Scottish market in to the new year, but there’s no doubting the best time to go is in the run up to Christmas. Located in St Andrew Square, it has been running for more than twenty years.
4 Country Living in London (7th – 11th November)
This is an indoor affair hosted at London’s Business Design Centre, but it is definitely worth a visit for things like festive stocking fillers and table favours. It also boats a renowned selection of hampers every year.
5 York Christmas Market (15th – 23rd December)
Set to be bigger than ever before, York’s Christmas market is now a big annual event for the historic city. With stall, gifts and sparkling lights to enjoy, it will really get you in the mood for Christmas.
6 Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre (29th November – 2nd December)
This is a wonderful Victorian themed street market that will give you both historical and festive feels! Alongside the traditional stalls, there are lots of things to enjoy including jugglers, stilt walkers, and fairground rides.
This Christmas market is covered head to toe in stunning fairy lights, and the rows of wooden chalets are filled with all of the best local produce and traditional crafts that make up a wholesome Christmas.
8 Southbank Centre Christmas Market (9th November – 27th December)
Illuminated by the close glare of the beautiful London Eye, the Southbank Christmas Market is as famous for it’s varied food options as its festive crafts and gifts. A trip to the country’s capital around this time of the year isn’t complete without a visit to this place.
9 Manchester Christmas Market (9th November – 22nd December)
This is a huge market, boasting over 300 beautiful stalls and chalets that are spread out across the entire city centre! Whether you’re looking for gifts, crafts, toys, clothes, jewellery or food, the Manchester market has you covered!
10 Country Living at Ascot (TBC)
A day out to the races can also be combined with a lovely market experience thanks to Country Living at Ascot. You can spend all of your betting winnings on gifts and crafts for your friends and family!