The Best Christmas Markets in the UK 2021
Christmas time is coming to town and the most beautiful Christmas markets in UK are waiting for you! From north to south, from west to east, do not miss your dream Christmas markets! Here is your perfect travel wishlist for a Christmas getaway to the best Christmas markets in UK.
Want to make a romantic getaway? Go to Bath! Want to reexperience Christmas of yesteryear in family, the taste of real gingerbread, German waffles, the magic of wooden toys that come alive? Chester and Leeds Christmas Markets are perfect for all!
You are a thrill seeker? Ride aboard the thrilling rides of Edinburgh and London Christmas Markets! You had rather find original gifts for the whole family? Birmingham and Manchester Christmas markets are among the largest Christmas markets in the UK.
You do not have a magic sled? Book your flight, hotel, apartment, B&B, at the best price (with or without fireplace: Santa Claus has modernized now!). Treat yourself to memories of a lifetime and discover the most beautiful Christmas markets in Great Britain.
1. Edinburgh - Scotland
From 20th November 2021 to 4th January 2022
World-renowned Edinburgh’s Christmas celebrations spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital. From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets, from Harry Potter-themed gifts to local handmade produce, the stunning Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens offers treats for all!
Santa Land returns to East Princes Street Gardens with rides for people of all ages to enjoy whilst Santa’s Grotto once again takes residence on Castle Street. Reimagined Light Night will be opening Edinburgh’s Christmas with an event spectacular on the Royal Mile on Sunday and brand new Community Christmas will be spreading festive cheer across 12 locations in the capital with special projections and performances bringing local talent together.
Opening dates: From 20th November 2021 to 4th January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to Edinburgh.
Where to stay: "Ibis Styles Edinburgh St Andrew Square". Just 2 minutes' walk from Princes Street.
2. Winchester, England
From 19th November to 22nd December 2021
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market is one of the best in Europe, renowned for its bustling atmosphere and stunning location in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral. Inspired by traditional German Christmas Markets, you’ll be captivated by the sights, sounds and smells of the Christmas Market, with tempting seasonal treats and delightful Christmas gifts. Discover 112 chalets filled with high quality exhibitors, hand-picked for their unique and exclusive products. At the heart of the Christmas Market you'll find a spectacular covered Ice Rink, the perfect winter playground!
Entry to the Christmas Market is free with Ice Rink tickets available in advance or on the day. The Christmas Market is open from 10am until 6.30pm Sunday to Wednesday and until 8pm Thursday to Saturday.
Opening dates: From 19th November to 22nd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Southampton (15 min by car) or London Heathrow (1h).
Where to stay: "The Winchester Hotel and Spa" Situated in the heart of ancient Winchester.
3. Bath, England
Cancelled in 2021
Regularly voted amongst the most popular events in the UK, the 18-day Christmas shopping extravaganza is the biggest Christmas Shopping event in the South West and consists of more than 170 beautifully decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.
This year there will be lots of new and exciting stallholders from across the South West. In keeping with Bath Christmas Market’s tradition of being distinctively British, each chalet will be selling a variety of high-quality artisan products. Over 70% of stallholders are businesses from Bath and the surrounding region, and 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the UK.
The Bath Christmas Market has a romantic atmosphere and attracts thousands of visitors from across the UK. Set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, there couldn’t be a more perfect and magical setting for a Christmas Market. The city also boasts a unique mix of independents, designer boutiques and high street brands.
Opening dates: Cancelled in 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Bristol (45 min by car) or Southampton (1h45min).
Where to stay: "The Z Hotel Bath" is in a prime location in Bath.
4. Manchester, England
From 12th November to 22nd December 2021
The, original, biggest and - arguably - the best Christmas market in the country, Manchester Christmas Markets is the ideal destination for a festive outing. Arriving in the city in 1999, the first Christmas market in the UK has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine millions visitors each year.
Some 300 beautifully crafted stalls offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of the buzzing city centre. Spread across 10 individual sites – each with distinctive own distinctive character – Manchester Christmas Markets has something to offer every festive visitor.
This year the market will also introduce a designated family site for the first time with fun rides and entertainment throughout the season, including: LED light performers, magicians and street theatre - with spectacular views of the Manchester Cathedral and National Football Museum.
Opening dates: From 12th November to 22nd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Manchester.
Where to stay: "Motel One Manchester". Guests can enjoy the on-site bar.
5. Nottingham, England
From 15th November to 31st December 2021
Christmas returns to Nottingham with the largest event in the East Midlands! Best of all entry to Nottingham Winter Wonderland is FREE!! Featuring your favourite rides, bars and shopping spots from previous years, this is the perfect place to soak in the Christmas spirit.
While away the hours browsing over 70 traditional, Bavarian-style stalls, searching for the perfect gift as well as sampling the delicious homemade and artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates on offer. This year’s Christmas market has been expanded, with something for everyone including plants, mead, jewellery, scents, fashion, retro style, Eco art, Lego art, Fair-trade, Continental food, local homemade stew and home accessories to offer the discerning visitor.
Opening dates: From 15th November to 31st December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Birmingham Airport (1h by car/public transport) or Manchester (2h).
Where to stay: "Crowne Plaza Nottingham". In the heart of Nottingham.
6. Birmingham, England
From 4th November to 23rd December 2021
Birmingham has the largest authentic German market in Europe outside of Germany and Austria, with 5.5 million visitors in 2019. Consisting of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and the Craft Market, the market has grown from just 24 stalls in 2001 to 180 this year, covering New Street, Victoria Square and Centenary Square.
The Frankfurt Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while Christmas Craft Market will offer handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans, as well as a wide range of unique and quirky items imported from around the world. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the popular ice rink and big wheel.
Opening dates: From 4th November to 23rd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Birmingham Airport.
Where to stay: "EasyHotel Birmingham" offers budget accommodation in the heart of Birmingham.
7. Chester, England
From 18th November to 22nd December 2021
Wrap up warm and enjoy a festive evening at Chester Christmas Market! If you’re looking for something a bit less commercial and a bit more nostalgic, you are in for a truly magical time. There will be over 70 traditional wooden chalets wrapped around the iconic, sparkling Christmas tree in the heart of the city centre.
Pick up a delicious, hot mulled wine and browse the unique, locally produced treats and gifts. With handmade crafts, jewellery, clothing, accessories, stocking fillers, local food produce and more. Make sure to enjoy a tasty hog roast bap and stop in the Real Ale Bar for a festive cocktail or a pint of regional cask ale before you leave!
Chester Christmas Market is open seven days a week and is located in the city’s beautiful Town Hall Square opposite Chester Cathedral.
Opening dates: From 18th November to 22nd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Liverpool (40 min by car/1h by public transport).
Where to stay: "Hotel Indigo - Chester", 0,6km from centre.
8. York, England
From 18th November to 23rd December 2021
Soak up the medieval charm of York at Christmas. Scents of spiced mulled wine and delicious food fill the air, making a York Christmas the place to be this season. Don’t miss York’s popular festive market, its back with more Christmassy fun than ever before...
Take a leisurely stroll along St Nicholas Fair and soak up the festive atmosphere, as you discover fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers showcased at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. If you’re looking for more traditional Christmas gifts, don’t forget to wander amongst the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street.
Opening dates: From 18th November to 23rd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Manchester (1h30 by car/2h by public transport).
Where to stay: "B+B York" on a quiet cul-de-sac.
9. Glasgow, Scotland
From 21st November to 23rd December 2021
Glasgow is the perfect place to visit this Christmas - stylish shopping, superb eating and drinking and a jam-packed events programme against a city centre backdrop of glittering festive lights.
The much-loved Glasgow Christmas Markets encompass a variety of colourful stalls, offering a selection of gifts, artisan products and global cuisine set in a festive village of rustic cabins and stalls. Whether you're shopping for a special gift or looking for a bite to eat, Glasgow’s Christmas markets will be sure to please!
Opening dates: From 21st November to 23rd December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Glasgow.
Where to stay: "Apex City of Glasgow Hotel". Situated in the real heart of Glasgow.
10. London, England
From 19th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022
London’s spectacular Christmas destination - Hyde Park Winter Wonderland returns on 26th November for six exciting weeks of winter festivities with FREE admission and even more entertainment than before. With more than 100 rides and attractions on site, there's something for everyone.
For those Christmas shoppers, there’s the traditional German Christmas market with over 200 chalets. The Angels Christmas Market of London offers unusual and handmade gifts and crafts, including ceramics, candles, jewellery, wooden toys, nativity scenes and Christmas decorations.
Opening dates: From 19th November 2021 to 3rd January 2022.
How to get there: Book your flights to London.
Where to stay: "The Chamberlain" near to the Tower of London.
11. Newcastle, England
From 2nd- 24th December 2021
Newcastle city centre hosts the Newcastle Christmas Market. Come along and soak up the festive atmosphere whilst browsing stalls selling everything from alpaca hats and gloves to Christmas cakes, locally brewed beers, fantastic mirrors, beautiful pottery and gorgeous handmade jewellery.
The Newcastle Christmas Market incorporates the Farmers Market on Friday 5 December so shoppers can pick up delicious produce just in time for Christmas from your friendly local producer. Santa will making a special appearance at the market and local choirs will add to the Christmas cheer.
Opening dates: From 29th November to 26th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to Newcastle.
Where to stay: ""Motel One Newcastle" just a 2-minute walk to the historic centre.
12. Oxford, England
From 9th December to 19th December 2021
With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air - a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.
Opening dates: From 9th to 19th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to London Heathrow or Birmingham Airport (50 min by car/1h by public transport)
Where to stay: "The Porterhouse grill & rooms". Situated in the best rated area in Oxford.
13. Kingston upon Thames, England
From 18th November to 24th December 2021
Opening on Thursday 15 November and trading through until Christmas, Kingston's traditional Christmas Market encapsulates the town centre in glittering festive cheer. The market stalls are housed in beautiful wooden cabins selling festive treats for all the family to enjoy, from hand-crafted gift ware to spiced mulled wine and specialist hot foods.
Opening dates: From 18th November to 24th December 2021.
How to get there: Book your flights to London Heathrow (30min by car 40min by public transport).
Where to stay: "The White Hart Hotel" is a charming hotel with traditional pub.
14 Leeds, England
Cancelled in 2021
Millennium Square in Leeds City Centre will once again transform into a scenic winter village, with over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls decorated with festive greenery and twinkling colourful lights, themed indoor venues and the traditional Christmas carousel ride.
This is a continental style festive shopping experience with a variety of gifts on offer including toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and unique festive decorations.
For those who enjoy a range of seasonal food and drink as they take in the delights of the market, traditional German delicacies will also be available including gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits.
Opening dates: Cancelled in 2021
How to get there: Book your flights to Leeds or Manchester (1h by car/ 1h30 by public transport).
Where to stay: "Ibis Styles Leeds City Centre". One of our top picks in Leeds.
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