5 UK Christ­mas mar­kets

Twinkly lights, wooden huts and ar­ti­san gifts put Emma Shack­lock in a Christ­massy mood

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1 Bath

Set in the heart of the beau­ti­ful an­cient city, Bath’s Christ­mas Mar­ket has been dubbed one of the UK’s favourites, and fea­tures over 200 chalets as well as a se­lec­tion of pop-ups on Bath St. Over 80% of the mar­ket’s stallholders are lo­cal to the South West and the mar­ket is proud to sup­port the cre­ative en­deav­ours of small re­gional busi­nesses. There’s warm­ing food and drink and cosy blan­kets on of­fer, as well as all the usual shop­ping fare. It’s a real treat. Visit bathchrist­mas­mar­ket.co.uk.

2 man­ches­ter

Stalls num­ber over 300 in this city’s mar­kets, which of­fer ev­ery­thing from fine am­ber jew­ellery and hand­crafted leather bags to Bel­gian kitchen­ware and bon­sai trees. Mul­ti­cul­tural foods in­clude bratwurst, paella, goulash and hog roast – and there are veg­gie and sweet op­tions, too. The site on the Cathe­dral Gar­dens has its own ice rink, too. Go to vis­it­manch­ester.com.

3 Cardiff

With a fo­cus on art, crafts and ar­ti­san food and drink, Cardiff Christ­mas Mar­ket is a must-visit. Its list of ex­hibitors evolves ev­ery year to in­clude the best Wales has to of­fer. There are warm­ing, home­made, fes­tive treats

and, for that lit­tle ex­tra bit of Christ­mas magic, Cardiff’s Win­ter Won­der­land. Visit cardif­fchrist­mas­mar­ket.com.

4 Glas­gow

In the Christ­mas run-up, Glas­gow’s city cen­tre is a hive of fes­tive ac­tiv­ity, as two

mar­kets open their fairy-lit stalls. In St Enoch Square, con­ti­nen­tal bars of­fer sea­sonal mulled wine and craft beers, along­side de­li­cious street food and hand­crafted gifts. Nearby, at Ge­orge Square Mar­ket, there’s a heated bar, live en­ter­tain­ment and fun fair­ground rides. Visit glas­gowloveschrist­mas.com or call 0141 287 8985 for more in­for­ma­tion.

5 Winch­ester

In­spired by long-stand­ing Ger­man tra­di­tions, Winch­ester Cathe­dral Christ­mas Mar­ket at­tracts al­most half a mil­lion vis­i­tors a year. Known fondly as ‘Eng­land’s Christ­mas cap­i­tal,’ it’s open from mid Novem­ber into New Year. There’s an out­door ice rink and a charm­ing Na­tiv­ity scene in the Bri­tish Crafts Vil­lage. Go to christ­masin winch­ester.co.uk.

Feel the Yule­tide vibein Bath

Christ­mas magic in Cardiff

Glas­gow, alight with ex­cite­ment

Raise a cup of cheer in Winch­ester

Man­ches­ter’s fes­tive glow

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