Nothing says Christmas more than a trip to a Christmas market. There’s nothing better than spending a cold, wintery night walking around the wooden huts full of treats whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and a frankfurter or a Gluhwein and a bratwurst!
New Christmas markets pop up every year in the UK, which is why our round-up of some the best Christmas markets in the UK should help you decide which ones are worth a visit this year to grab some last-minute Christmas gifts...
Cirencester Christmas Markets
This stunning and historical town in the Cotswolds holds a Christmas market every year that is not to be missed. From Saturday 6th December until Sunday 16th December, the attractive town centre is overtaken by wooden huts all serving up delicious frankfurters and mulled wine. The local town centre also holds Christmas workshops where you can learn to make your own lanterns and perfume.
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
All the stall owners at Edinburgh’s Christmas market come over from Frankfurt to take part, giving this market a really authentic feel, meaning you have everything you’d expect from a Christmas market with the addition of delicious German Beer and German hot wine!
St Nicholas Fayre, York
Also named the Yorkshire Winter Wonderland, between the 27th November and the 21st December 2014, the counties capital is transformed into a festive wonderland. Expect live crafting demonstrations from local shop owners; carol singing and exquisite food stands that serve up mulled wine, sloe gin, and steaming hot chocolates as well as hearty mince pies.
Top Tip: if you are a lover of cheese, visit the city's beautiful cheese shop for a break from shopping and enjoy a glass of wine and a selection of British cheeses.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Probably one of the biggest, free markets in the UK, the Manchester Christmas market has everything you need for a great day out and is spread across the whole city. This year, from the 14th November to the 21st December, hundreds of wooden stalls sell an array of foods, drinks and craft items. Make sure you check out the indoor beer hall in the middle of the main market near the town hall for live music and a party atmosphere
Top Tip: why not enjoy a drink in the cities highest bar, Cloud 23 where you’ll be able to see all the markets from a height whilst sipping on a delicious cocktail.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London
One of the most well know Christmas markets in the UK, this Winter Wonderland is not your typical market. From November 21st 2014 not only will you find your traditional stalls but also an ice rink, a huge observation wheel, a circus as well as a Bavarian Village, an Apres Bar and a the Fire Pit to warm up near.
Or why not go further afield and experience a traditional Christmas market...
Frankfurt Christmas Market, Germany
In terms of visitor numbers and size, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is one of the most popular in Germany. The historical part of the city each year is decorated with thousands of fairy lights that’s light reflects off the windows of the town’s traditional wooden houses, which is a beautiful sight to be seen.
This year’s market is estimated to have over 200 stalls, which will all be ran by local craft makers and food sellers. You’ll even be able to try a “Bethmännchen”, which is a Frankfurt delicacy made from marzipan.
Why not jump on a plane and treat yourself this Christmas to a weekend in the beautiful city of Frankfurt.