The countdown is on, the party season is upon us, and there are beautiful winter wonderlands popping up all over the UK. With so many events to choose from, there’s just not enough time to visit them all, so holidaycottages.co.uk have put together their top five unmissable Christmas markets to visit this year.
Set in the grounds of the striking cathedral, the wintery stalls at Exeter blend the best of Britain, the South West and Europe all in one. Open until December 18th, the combination of food, gifts and crafts from all over make it a must-see market. In addition to the stalls, the Devonshire city is also packed with plenty of other shops, perfect for purchasing a present or two for a loved one, or perhaps just indulging in a touch of retail therapy for yourself.
One of the most famous markets in the UK, Salisbury always put on a seasonal spectacular; their German-style market chalets adorned with festive decorations house some award-winning exhibitors, tantalising food, and beautiful handcrafted products. Street entertainers, a lantern parade and live music performances all feature, with the market running up until December 18th.
The Lake District is a truly captivating spectacle at any time of the year, but with a chance of snow on the ground, a few white flakes only make it all the more wonderful. With the breathtaking Lake Windermere as its backdrop, it’s no surprise that the town’s Christmas celebrations create a stunning seasonal display. The German-themed Ja Windermere runs on December 10th and 11th, featuring local produce with a twist, a brass band and Santa himself.
Scotland’s finest come together for a festive feast for all the senses. Covering many streets around the city, there are hundreds of stalls to buy food, drink and unique gifts, with the European market at East Princes Street Gardens running right through until January 7th. Rides, kids entertainment and ice skating all make the event a true Christmas cracker!
There are so many Christmas events going on in the capital that it’s hard to pick just one; Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park is a renowned venue for festive frolics, while Leicester Square will have its share of traders and attractions, but it’s the Southbank celebrations that take the top prize. Lining the riverside and covering every inch possible with the festive spirit, there’s an eclectic mix of tradition and modernism, with mulled wine, mince pies, a roller disco and a contemporary circus combining forces for a truly fantastic event.