The UK's best Christmas markets

The UK's best Christmas markets

Dickensian Christmas Food Festival, Chorley, Lancashire
November 29 (10am-9pm) and 30 (10am-7pm)
Enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of a bygone era, surrounded by stall holders in Victorian costume – you’re also welcome to indulge in fancy dress if you fancy! There will be live cookery and a baking competition, all in the grounds of Botany Bay Mill.
Prices from £4.50, for more information click here

Bath Christmas Market
November 27 – December 14
For 18 days, the quaint streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopper's haven with more than 170 traditional wooden chalets selling all sorts of goodies. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel before indulging in a mulled wine.
Opening times vary, entry is free. For information click here

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
November 21 (opens at 5pm for this date only) – January 4 (excluding Christmas Day) every day 10am – 10pm
Free admission (although tickets must be purchased for certain attractions, including skating) and Britain’s largest ice skating rink make this a treat not to be missed. There’ll be 200 stalls selling goodies, plus a giant observation wheel so you can see the festivities from on high. For circus and skating tickets, click here

Edinburgh Christmas Market
November 21 - January 4
There's a whole host of festive events taking place in the Scottish capital, one of which is a European Christmas market, stretching from the Mound down East Princes Street. Sure to get you in a festive mood, there's the usual mix of refreshments and gifts.
For more information click here

Leeds Castle Christmas Market
December 6 – 23 (10am-5pm)
Browse handmade decorations, beautifully-crafted gifts and a wealth of delicious local produce against the historic backdrop of Leeds Castle. There will be German-style chalets, traditional carousel rides and an array of home-made delicacies including cheeses, chutneys and fudge.
For more information click here

The Chocolate Festival, Islington

December 12 – 14 (times vary, see website for details)

Indulge your inner chocoholic and stock up on stocking fillers at the Chocolate Festival. Highlights include a tasting lounge and artisan food and drinks.

Tickets from £7, click here to book

Haven Point Christmas Fair, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
November 29 (10am-5pm) and 30 (10am-4pm)
With stalls from local businesses, plus face painting and balloon modeling for children, this event is free to enter.
For more information click here

Winchester Christmas Market
November 20 – December 21 (10am-6pm from Sun-Wed, 10am-7.30pm from Thu-Sat)
There’s a reason this event attracts 350,000 visitors per year – and it includes an ice rink, mulled wine, mince pies and hundreds of craftspeople selling their wares. Situated in the cathedral’s close, this is a pretty day out.
For more information click here

Winter Wonderland, Nottingham
November 20 – December 24
This free event can be found in the Old Market Square, and features 60 bespoke Victoria-styled trading cabins, with an array of festive gifts and treats. There’s also two bars, a bandstand and a skating rink. Visit on Thursday 20 November for the Christmas lights switch on.
For more information click here

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham [pictured]
November 13 – December 22 (10am-9pm)
The biggest market of its type outside of Germany and Austria, Birmingham’s festive offering is well worth a visit. Stock up on gifts, decorations and German food including tasty bratwurst and glühwein – guaranteed to give you a warm glow.
For more information click here

St Nicholas Fayre Christmas Market, York
November 27 – December 21 (9am-6pm or 8pm on Thursdays)
Usually only four days long, this popular market is now extending to a mammoth three weeks – so you’ve no excuses not to go! Stalls will vary throughout, so repeat visits are encouraged, but will include farm produce, gifts, ceramics and decorations.
For more information click here

Lincoln Christmas Market
December 4 – December 7
The oldest traditional market in the UK, Lincoln market first opened in 1982 with just 11 stalls. Now there are more than 200 to browse, nestled in and around the city’s cathedral and castle.
For more information click here

PLUS if you fancy visiting Lincoln Christmas Market with the Yours team and new friends, there will be an organised trip from Yours Live. The coach will depart from Butlins Skegness where we are hosting Yours Live, at 10.30am on Thursday the 4th of December and will leave Lincoln at 4.30pm. Only £25 per person. To book your space click here or call 0845 070 4740.

La Fête dé Noué, Jersey
December 4-7
The free festival has a full programme of seasonal activities to enjoy on Jersey.  The festive market will run throughout, with local arts and crafts plus food and drink, as well as live music, concerts, street theatre and guided winder walks. A Christmas parade through St Helier will run on the 7th.
For more information click here

Swansea Christmas Market
November 28 - December 21 (10am-5.30pm, open until 8pm on Thursdays)
Green and red chalets make a welcoming sight - particularly when they are filled with goodies to buy. Held on Oxford Street you can enjoy a hog roast and mulled wine as you browse gifts and decorations.
For more information click here