Feeling festive yet? The Saint looks into some of Britain’s best Christmas markets.
Manchester Xmas Market
When: 14 November-21 December
This award winning Christmas market has more than 300 stalls spread across the city, all within a quarter of a mile of each other. There are a whole variety of markets, including a German-style market in St Anne’s Square, French-themed stalls on Kings Street, and a world Christmas market on Brazenose Street. As well as offering both international and local food and drink, Manchester offers yuletide gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair
When: 13 November-22 December
The largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria, this Christmas market boasts over 180 stalls spread across Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Chamberlain Square and New Street. There is a variety on offer at this Christmas market, from hand- made decorations and traditional wooden toys, to pretzels, bratwursts, schnitzels and mulled wine. If that is not enough, there is an outdoor ice skating rink running until 4 January.
Edinburgh Xmas Market
When: 21 November-5 January
Visitors of Edinburgh this Christmas can choose between a variety of markets. On offer is a traditional German market (ends 5 January), a Scottish market featuring the best of locally sourced food and drink (ends 5 January), and St Mary’s market full of children’s activities and carol singing (ends 22 December). The lights are switched on 23 November, there’s a traditional Scottish ceilidh on 30 November and a Torchlight Procession through Edinburgh’s Old Town on 30 December.
Bath Christmas Market
When: 27 November-14 December
Set against the backdrop of the stunning Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, Bath’s Christmas Market offer’s over 170 stalls. Most of these stalls feature locally sourced items from the South West, such as lavender from Somerset, jewellery from Bath, and honey from Wiltshire. This Christmas market offers a variety of activities, such as ice-skating, bathing in the warm spa water overlooking the city and enjoying a drink in the Après Ski Bar.
York Christmas Market
When: 27 November-21 December
In York the annual St Nicolas Fair, on Parliament Street, has a Dickensian theme, with bustling Victorian market stalls offering a variety of items from local products, such as cheese and pottery, to traditional gifts. Be sure to expect stallholders in Victorian costume, carol singers and the smell of Christmas cooking. There is more on offer though, with a Medieval Market at Barley Hall and a ‘York Does Vintage’ fair at Merchant Adventurers’ Hall.