Top Christmas Markets in the UK

© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

© Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

The 1st of December has arrived, and advent has begun! This means that people are starting to feel more and more Christmassy by the day and everyone is in search of the best places to go and enjoy the Christmas festivities!

Below you will find four of the most amazing Christmas/German markets located across the UK any true Christmas lover should visit!


  1. Manchester

Photo: Matt Ratcliffe

The familiar wooden huts have been opened on the 20th of November this year but don’t be disheartened if you still haven’t been; they are open until 20th of December. Get yourself down to Manchester and experience Christmas like never before. 

  • It is one of the largest Christmas markets in the UK.
  • It winds its way through Manchester’s most eye-catching streets and squares.
  • The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere:
    • Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann’s Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | King Street | Market Street | Exchange Square | Cathedral Gardens


  1. Birmingham
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Photo: Cardiff university student union.

  • This Frankfurt Christmas Market attracts people from all over the UK, with hot food and music playing from the morning right through to the late evenings it is the ultimate place to start feeling festive.
  • This year it will be open right through the whole Christmas period until the 29th of December so there are no excuses to not visit!
  • The market offers a large range of traditional goods and gifts, such as handcrafted decorations, toys, jewellery and more.


  1. Bath

Photo: Alamy

  • This Christmas market has won awards, it is impressive and screams Christmas with over 170 wooden huts lined with the most magical Christmas lights and decorations.
  • This year it holds an animated lights show.
  • This city has a lot to offer outside of the Christmas markets so if you do get bored after already visiting Manchester and Birmingham, the fantastic architecture and the amazing array of great restaurants will keep you busy all day!


  1. London 


  • Although this is far more than you would have bargained for Christmas Wonderland in Hyde Park (central London) is one that you CANNOT miss, it is not a traditional wooden hut Christmas market but it one that will transform your day and make you feel like you really are experiencing winter in a wonderland full of magical things all around you.
  • It is truly magical packed with everything you might ever want, ice skating, giant observational wheel, bar ice, the magical ice kingdom and loads more!!
  • Get yourself down to Hyde Park this winter and experience a magical Christmas!


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