Ho-Ho-Holiday Shopping - Ten Best Uk Christmas Markets

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

With only days to go until Christmas, festive fever is spreading across Britain - and with the shopping hotting up, and the weather cooling down, regional travel and tourism specialist iknow-uk has compiled a list of some of its favourite UK Christmas markets to help you find the ultimate festive gift for that special someone.  And if you want to make a weekend of it, you can simply head on to the iknow-uk regional websites to find the perfect place to stay to ensure maximum festive fun!

But beware!  With such a wide range of Christmas goodies on offer, you may need to buy an extra stocking or two to fit them into!


Bath Christmas Market (25 November to 12 December)


See the picturesque churchyard of Bath Abbey turn into a Christmas shopper's haven. With more than 120 traditional wooden chalets, offering everything from handcrafted items, jewellery, children's toys and festive food and drink, you'll feel the magic of Christmas come alive.


Canterbury Christmas Market (19 November to 23 December)


Located in the centre of medieval Canterbury this Christmas Market offers a real festive atmosphere with stalls offering you the perfect chance to pick up some fantastic and truly unique Christmas gifts, even the fussiest of people will love. 


Cardiff Christmas Market (10 November - 23 December)


A slightly smaller Christmas Market than others in the UK, but it's just as charming and festive.  One of the unique features of this Christmas Market is the magnificent back drop of Cardiff Castle, and with the smell of honey roasted nuts in the background and a cup of mulled wine in your hand, what better way to enjoy a trip to Cardiff.


Glasgow Christmas Market (18 November - 23 December)


St. Enoch Square will once again be the attraction for both traders and visitors this Christmas.  There will be many stalls selling traditional European crafts, accessories, jewellery and much more. So why not head to Glasgow and start the build up to Christmas with a large glass of festive spirit?


Leeds Christmas Market (12 November - 19 December)


Leeds Christmas Market, also known as Christkindelmarkt is one of the largest festive markets in the UK. Leeds city centre will be transformed into a festive paradise with traditional wooden stalls and festive lighting creating a unique continental atmosphere and buzz throughout the city. Live music, festive decorations and the smell of sizzling bratwurst sausages add the finishing touches to this fantastic event. 


Manchester Christmas Market (18 November - 21 December)


Celebrating its 12th year, this Christmas market is one of the biggest in the UK and beyond.  With over 200 stalls this festive market really does take over the city, with no less than eight different locations around Manchester. If you're after a truly European experience then this is the one for you, with stalls offering a range of mouth-watering delicacies from Hungary, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and France.


Newcastle Christmas Market (22 November - 4 December)


See the streets of Newcastle bursting with the atmospheric colours, sounds and smells of Christmas. With so much to see, why not sample a true continental market and a real taste of Europe with a trip to Newcastle.


Sheffield Christmas Market (18 November - 23 December)


For the first time Sheffield's Peace Gardens will be transformed into a winter wonderland including a traditional Christmas Market and impressive ice skating rink. Enjoy a magical mix of festive music, delicious continental food and unique handcrafted gifts. There's something for everyone at Sheffield Christmas Market.


Southbank London Christmas Market (19 November - 23 December)


Enjoy a typical Christmas market which will see 60 wooden chalets situated between Southbank and the London Eye, come to life. Take your pick from a range of unusual stalls selling everything from crafted toys and glass ornaments to candles and amber jewellery.  Perfect for a festive day out!


Winchester Christmas Market (25 November - 19 December)


Focussed around the impressive Winchester Cathedral, this Christmas market offers a traditional and quaint setting which offers visitors a real European experience.  As well as an interesting selection of continental stalls, there is the added bonus of an ice rink - a trip to this festive market is sure to make you feel Christmassy.




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