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Christmas Markets of the United Kingdom

by Jack Guy

Dec 4, 2015

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park © Anizza | Dreamstime


It seems as though the holiday season encroaches further into November every year, with a number of Christmas markets open for business almost six weeks before the big day itself.


In towns and cities around the United Kingdom revelers are invited to shop for trinkets while they nibble on traditional Christmas treats, or most likely indulge in some festive-themed boozing in the ubiquitous beer halls. Young and old alike can be found sipping on imported beers listening to holiday music, and some venues even put on shows.


The northern city of Manchester is not content with just one Christmas market, but instead has inaugurated German-, French- and international-themed spaces to cater to your gift buying needs. The spectacular venues also provide ample options for refreshment after you’ve ticked off every item on your shopping list.


Across the Pennines in Leeds, the Christmas market can be a raucous affair thanks to the enthusiastic sampling of German beers by the local population of students. For a more sophisticated experience, head to Cirencester, where the focus is more on gourmet food and antiques stalls.


The Scottish city of Edinburgh offers a German-themed market and a Scottish-themed market in the beautiful surrounds of the old town, while in London one of the most popular options is the Southbank Centre Christmas market. Those with children in tow should consider Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, a huge fairground with fun for all the family.




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