If you are thinking of what to do with the family this Christmas, get into the festive spirit and head out to a Christmas Market. Sample delicious treats, mulled wine or grab yourself some last minute presents. Here is our guide on some of the best in the UK and beyond.
The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is definitely one not to miss. Not only is Winchester just a beautiful town but the Market is globally recognised as one of the best in Europe because of its unique location. Each vender is hand chosen to ensure the products are not only interesting but also are of the highest quality.
Sounds great right? Oh there’s more.. There is also a delicious Food Court so you can treat yourself to a Christmas Mulled Wine or two because hey! Shopping can be exhausting.
There’s a reason the Bath Christmas Market has won awards. Not only do they offer hundreds of beautiful, unique venders who sell a variation of special gifts from Christmas decorations to personalised gift, but Bath Market also has a series of experiences.
Make your Christmas Market day even more memorable with a festive wreath making course, with leading florist Hannah Southfield. If you aren’t the creative type, why not treat yourself to a long and leisurely Festive two course meal at the Ivy Brasserie? Rude not to.
If you want to go further afield you could try Prague and there are two main Christmas Markets in Prague, one in the Old Town Square and the other in Wenceslas Square. A short 5 minute walk between each other so you could tick them both off in one day!
The Prague Christmas Markets pride themselves on the atmosphere you’ll feel there, created by plenty of traditional venders and beautiful decorations. You do really get the true Winter Wonderland feeling here. To make it truly a moment to remember make sure you are at the Tree Lightings, rousing music and more are repeated every hour between 16:30 – 21:30 in the Old Town Square.
One of the oldest traditional Christmas Markets going and definitely one of the most famous. The Dresden Market is located the centre of the historical city centre and one of the most enticing factors is that most of what is sold has been created from locals in near by villages.
The beautiful blown glass tree decorations still come from Lauscha which is right next to Frankfurt. If you go to one Christmas Market make it this one. There’s a reason it’s been going as long as it has, go to find out why.
For a true 21st Century Futuristic Christmas Market Hong Kong’s WinterFest is where you want to be. A far cry from the traditional stalls you’ll find elsewhere instead expect a lot of glamour and technology inspired decorations. Without giving too much away you’ll be in awe of the elaborately dressed Christmas Trees and to top it off there’s ‘A Symphony of Lights’ multimedia show at Victoria Harbour.
Obviously Hong Kong is much further than a short car journey but should you find yourself in that part of the world, we think WinterFest is worth an outing, just have a quick Google and you’ll realise why.
If you’ve been to Winter Wonderland, you’ll know it’s not a traditional Christmas Market but more of a Christmas experience, but you can’t have a Christmas blog post without mentioning it!
Aside from incredible shows, a mini London Eye Hyde Park at Christmas also plays host to England’s largest outdoor ice rink and over 9 rollercoasters perfect for the whole family. For those Santa lovers out there, he also visits with his elves and even the Santa Express! And if you’re just looking for a different place to meet and catch up with friends head down to The Bavarian Village where you’ll find plenty of live music and multiple beer gardens.