just around the corner, and very few countries in the world celebrate it on the
same scale as the United Kingdom. Town centers are bedecked with tinsel,
decorations dangle high up above the streets and minor celebrities are roped-in
to turn on the Christmas tree lights in every city and town across the country.
markets are becoming ever more popular in the UK, and lots of towns and cities
are jumping on the holiday bandwagon. Many towns have a Christmas market
running for just a few days, with some of the best short-lived markets
including Harrogate, Portsmouth, Caerphilly and Lincoln. But where are the best places to get into the
Christmas spirit if your dates don’t coincide with one of the smaller markets?
Here are five favorites among the UK's burgeoning Christmas market scene that
run throughout the entire holiday.
December 18th, Leeds' Christkindelmarkt takes its influence from German
counterparts, and Leeds’ centrally located Millennium Square is given a
makeover and turned into a fairytale village in the countdown to Christmas.
Handcrafted toys, decorations and jewelry are among the wares on offer, and the
Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery is open for folks to chow down on some traditional
second-largest city in the UK, Birmingham is the butt of many jokes, but if
there’s one thing the city always delivers on, it's Christmas. Birmingham’s
Frankfurt Christmas market is the largest outdoor Christmas market in the UK
where visitors enjoy mulled wine and marzipan as they stroll around the dozens
of stalls - there are well over one hundred to take a look at!
rather grandly monikered Winter Wonderland is one of the best places in the UK
to indulge in some festive frivolities, which can be enjoyed all the way
through until January 5th. An ice rink, amusement park rides, and
two fully-equipped bars accompany the myriad of market stalls in Robin Hood’s
old stomping ground.
Located in the
southern county of Wiltshire, Salisbury's Christmas market is reputed to be one
of the prettiest and most fancy in the country - quite befitting of Salisbury’s
general image. Five-dozen stalls sell their goodies, with Salisbury's historic
buildings providing an atmospheric backdrop.
Walk, along the River Thames' Southbank, gets transformed into a promenade of
pure magic as chalets, stalls and decorations pop up in the heart of London.
Hand-made soaps and unusual gifts are available to purchase as presents,
bratwurst and gingerbread are served to rumbling tummies, and a carousel is
there to entertain the young and young at heart, with a soundtrack of
traditional Christmas music ringing through visitors' ears.
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