Aromatic spice of gingerbread, warm mulled wine and fun rides for the little ones to enjoy; visiting a Christmas market is a must for the festive season. We’ve compiled a list of the best Christmas markets across the UK, guaranteed to bring hoards of holiday joy...
Renowned for their iconic Christmas markets, the streets of Edinburgh will be lit up with lights, food and plenty of festive cheer. With a double decker Carousel, unique ellipse shaped ice-rink and European Christmas Market featuring over 100 stalls with food and drink from across Europe, the Scottish capital is a must-visit spot during the holidays.
Running from now until 4 January 2016; located at St Andrew Square, East Princes Street Gardens, The Royal Mile and George Street
Step into a magical wonderland at the Rochester Christmas Market, set in the picturesque Castle Gardens with a farmer's market, craft fair and Bavarian village. While you indulge in hog roast and roast chestnuts, you may even spot some Victorian characters wandering around, adding a touch of Dickens to the affair.
Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 November; Friday 4 to Sunday 6 December; Friday 11 to Sunday 13 Dec; Rochester Castle, The Keep, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1SW
With an ice rink and fun fair at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, you’re bound to work up quite an appetite. Indulge in a wide range of tasty savoury and sweet treats then wash it all down with a festive drink. Once you’ve restored your energy, take a leisurely stroll around the Christmas markets and discover handmade crafts and traditional decorations that will make the perfect gift.
Running now until Sunday 3 January 2016; Hyde Park, London W2 2UH
Known for their popular Christmas markets, York is further extending this year’s offering with new locations, bustling stalls and fun activities. Our favourite is Thor’s Tipi, a festive experience that allows you and your loved ones to gather around a crackling fire with cosy blankets – all in a giant tipi. There will be a delicious BBQ, sweet drinks and an endless stream of mulled wine, hot chocolate, draft ales and festive cocktails.
Running now until Saturday 2 January 2016; Parliament Street, York, YO1 8RU
With homemade jams, beers from local microbreweries and freshly baked cakes all on offer, you’re bound to have a good time at Newcastle’s Christmas Market. Once you’ve worked your way through endless stalls of delicious food, you can find a wide range of special gifts on sale, including pottery, jewellery and scarves.
Wednesday 4 December – Sunday 8 December; located at Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street