Throughout the month of December Christmas markets spring up all over the UK, and are the perfect substitute to a romantic European holiday if you don’t have the time or the cash to head over to the continent. Lasting anywhere from a few days to 6 weeks these magical markets are a great place to find some unique gifts for your family, while you stroll through the stalls with a warm glass of mulled wine in your hand. Is there any better way to do your Christmas shopping?
If it’s variety that you’re looking for then head to Edinburgh, a city that’s known for throwing celebrations on a grand scale. With 7 markets happening over November and December there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s taste. For a taste of tradition look no further than the Highland Village Christmas Market at East Princess Street Gardens, where you’ll find local Scottish treats to eat, quirky clothes, and uniquely Scottish gifts.
The Mancunians know how to celebrate Christmas big style, and with a Christmas market that has been voted as one of the top ten in the world you are unlikely to be disappointed. Running until December 22nd, the Manchester market brings a taste of the continent to Britain with traders offering everything from Dutch cheese to Italian confections and everything in between. Take your time wandering through the city centre visiting some of the over 200 stall holders and being entertained by festive lights and music while sipping some mulled wine or British ale from your eco friendly glass!
Set in the shadow of Bath Cathedral, in one of the most historic cities in the country, you’ll find Bath’s award winning festive gift market. Heading into its 10th year of trading, this year’s market runs for 18 days. More than 130 wooden chalets transform the streets of Bath into a shopper’s dream, and provides the perfect excuse to take a romantic break in a Cotswold cottage and discover what the rest of the region has to offer. Locally handcrafted items abound at this unique market, so you’re sure to find that extra special gift or ornament that will make this Christmas extra special.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of London you’ll find a German style Christmas market, and you can enjoy this exceptional experience right up until Christmas Eve. This Christmas season 60 chalets line the banks of the Thames between the London Eye and the Southbank Centre and offer something to warm the festive spirits of young and old alike. This may not be the biggest market in the country but you can’t beat it for ambiance, with the scent of roasted almonds and spiced cider wafting through the air you just can’t help but feel the magic of the season. If you’re looking for the perfect place to stay while visiting any of the UK’s Christmas markets, take a look at the self catering cottages offered by Web Cottages – with thousands of holiday cottages to choose from they are sure to have the perfect option for you and your family this holiday season.
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