5 UK Christmas markets
Twinkly lights, wooden huts and artisan gifts put Emma Shacklock in a Christmassy mood
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.
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.
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.
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.
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