The UK’s Best Christmas Markets For All The Festive Feels

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It’s definitely, 100% officially Christmas time now we’ve (pretty much) reached mid-December and even you Ebenezer Scrooges can no longer deny it. We’re obviously all Londonphiles here at Secret London HQ, but we can also recognise that other cities across the country do have their merits. So here it is, a round-up of all our favourite Christmas markets across the UK while you’ve still got a chance to check them out.

1. Manchester Albert Square European Market (10th Nov – 21st Dec)

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We’re kicking things off with an absolute Christmas cracker – Manchester’s Albert Square Christmas market is not to be missed. With 90 stalls lining the square there are plenty of gifts, crafts and food options to choose from. Combine this with a drink at quirky bar the Washhouse and a day wandering the city’s lively streets and you’re guaranteed a good time. Take a look at their website here.

2. Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market (16th Nov – 24th Dec)

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Victoria Square (home of the majestic Birmingham Council House) has been transformed into a veritable winter wonderland this year. This one’s perfect for those of you looking for a quick Christmas market mini-break who can’t quite afford a full-on trip to Germany. Ok, it’s not exactly the same as Frankfurt, but it does include over 120 stalls and regular live music sessions. If you’re after more information just take a look at their website.

3. Edinburgh Christmas markets (until 6th Jan)

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Edin-brrrr boasts not one but two lovely festive markets that you’ll definitely want to visit. Visit their George Street Market for local food, drink, arts and crafts from across the country (this one’s open from 17th Nov – 24th Dec). Their East Princes Street Gardens Market is best for traditional stalls and festive street bars (open from 18th Nov – 6th Jan). RumChata hot chocolate, anyone?

4. Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market (16th Nov – 17th Dec)

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Get ready to celebrate Exe-mas in true West Country style at this lovely market on Cathedral Green in front of the historic Exeter Cathedral. This market champions local producers so the stalls are packed full with regional crafts and gifts. You definitely won’t find a better mulled West Country cider anywhere else. You’ll find more information about opening hours and stalls here.

5. Leeds Castle Christmas Market (16th-17th Dec)

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Don’t be fooled by the name (like we were) this one is not, we repeat NOT in Leeds. In fact it’s about 225 miles south east of Leeds in Kent. It just happens to be called Leeds Castle. Now we’ve got that disclaimer out of the way we should tell you about the market stalls on Cedar Lawn, the family-friendly fairground rides and the live animal attractions – expect reindeer and various birds of prey. You’ve got just one more weekend to catch this one (16th-17th) so you better head there pronto lest you miss al the festive fun. Take a look at their website here.

6. Nottingham Winter Wonderland (17th Nov – 31st Dec)

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Nottingham’s yearly Christmas market/funfair is back for 2017 and this year it’s bigger than ever! Much like our infamous Hyde Park Winter Wonderland it features an ice bar and an ice rink alongside a plethora of food and craft stalls. They’re even offering late night shopping until 8pm from the 18th to the 23rd December for all you last minute dash-style Christmas shoppers. Take a look at their website for more information.

But of course we can’t forget our lovely capital… Check out our guide to the best seasonal markets in London here. And if you’re still looking for inspiration check out these ice rinks, Christmas coffees, and festive afternoon teas. Tis the season after all!

Lily Frohlich

Lily Frohlich

Lily fell in love with London after visiting the Natural History Museum on a day-trip from Bristol (aged four) and she’s never looked back. She’s a sucker for smashed avo’ and poached egg on toast, and she just can’t help herself from frequently posting pictures of her food on Instagram.