Looking for something fun to do with the kids next weekend? Fancy a free and festive day out? Hunting for something even more fun than a round of free no deposit bingo for your next date night with the hubby? Why not check out one of the UK’s best Christmas markets? Here are 5 of our personal favourites…
1. Manchester’s Christmas Markets
Manchester has a whole selection of festive markets going on around Christmas time. From the traditional German market in St Ann’s Square and the World Christmas market on Brazennose Street, to a winter arts and crafts wonderland on Exchange Street – there’s something for everyone around pretty much every corner. Why not visit…
- Albert Square
- Brazennose Street
- King Street
- Ann’s Square
- Exchange Street
- Market Street
- New Cathedral Street
- Exchange Square
- Cathedral Gardens
All of Manchester’s markets are open from 10am until 7.30pm. Albert Square will be open until 9pm. Here’s a handy map!
2. The Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
Charming little wooden stalls, sparkly lights, the meaty aroma of German sausage – they know how to hold a good old fashioned German Christmas market in Leeds. With bars open ’til late, an ice rink and a very convivial atmosphere in the air, the Christkindelmarkt also makes the perfect spot for an inexpensive festive date night! Open 10.30am-9.30pm, 14 November – 20 December 2014.
3. Cirencester Christmas Market
This pretty Cotsworlds town is the perfect setting for a really lovely Christmas Market. Featuring an ice rink in the picturesque grounds of the abbey, alongside cobbled streets lined with twinkling little stalls selling local crafts and delicacies – the cosy feeling is hard to beat! Attend the opening and the lights ceremony on 29th November and visit the Christmas market on 6th December.
4. Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
For hundreds of years locals have attended Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market in the winter months. This gives the market, held in the cathedral grounds, a very special feel. Find handmade gifts, get stuck into tasty food and lap up the atmosphere in the market’s bars until 9pm, 20th November-20th December.
5. Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair
Welcome to the biggest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria! This Brummie tradition is well-loved for good reason. With a village-feel in the heart of the city square, the Birmingham Christmas Market is a real showstopper! Open 10am-9pm, 13th November-22nd December.
Does your local town have a cracking Christmas market? Which is your favourite? Share your picks with our readers below or tweet at us all about it @TwoLittleFleas