Unless you’re a self-proclaimed Scrooge, the festive period is in full force. It’s time to get your Christmas celebrations underway, placing your presents under the tree and your festive treats in the cupboards. One of the best ways to get in the Christmas spirit is to visit one of the UK’s many festive markets. This will allow you to do some last-minute Christmas shopping, whilst also providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy some mulled wine and a few delicious mince pies.
These events take heavy inspiration from authentic German Christmas markets, with wooden huts full of handmade goods and freshly made snacks. Whether you’re looking for wooden toys or some spiced Glühwein, these markets have a range of enticing gifts and treats for you to explore.
Southbank Centre Christmas market
Southbank Centre Christmas market is one of the most popular festive destinations in London. All along the River Thames are huts that are filled to the brim with festive gifts, snacks, and cheer. For large groups that want a private dining experience, there are heated igloos that will let you enjoy a break from the crowds. With the amount of street food and the number of stalls offering festive merchandise, you can’t go wrong.
Manchester Christmas markets
Manchester has a plethora of Christmas markets sprinkled all over the city centre. Piccadilly Gardens is being transformed into The Winter Gardens, and six city squares will be host to six different markets during the festive period. Don’t miss out on the festive fun – these markets are brilliant for food-lovers and those looking to buy local Christmas presents that are different to the norm. Covered seating and merry lighting also make these markets must-see destinations.
Belfast Christmas market
Just outside Belfast City Hall is a Christmas market with an award-winning history. International traders from all over come and offer the opportunity to sample their creations. Selling Christmas gifts and goodies, this market is a much-loved event in the heart of the city. The choices are never-ending and, with such a picturesque location, you’ll be able to see the enormity of City Hall in all its festive glory.
Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market
Birmingham’s Frankfurt-inspired Christmas market is one of the most popular in the UK. Birmingham’s city centre comes alive with the spirit of Christmas, beckoning visitors from far and wide. Stalls on Victoria Square and New Street will give people the opportunity to look through the many gifts on sale – from wooden crafts to glass decorations. Stop off for some authentic German Christmas snacks and enjoy the bustling atmosphere.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas market
The Christmas market at Winchester Cathedral is one of the most renowned in Europe. With its stunning location right on the grounds of Winchester Cathedral, the quality of the stalls is guaranteed as all the exhibitors have been hand-picked. The wooden chalets are packed full of seasonal snacks and potential gifts. The Cathedral is at the heart of the celebrations, and Christmas activities are a frequent fixture throughout the festive period.
Christmas markets are a fun activity for all ages. In fact, you may want to take a large group of family or friends there for some Christmas entertainment. If the markets you’re eager to visit are a bit of a drive from you, why not treat your group to some luxury travel? Here at City Circle, we provide a seamless coach service for private hire, allowing you to transport your group in style.
To arrange your transport for your Christmas market-filled day out, contact our reservations team by calling London: 020 8561 2112 | Edinburgh: 0131 333 2700. A member of our team will be more than happy to arrange your booking.