10 Bath Christmas Market When November 26 to Dec

first_img10. Bath Christmas MarketWhen: November 26 to December 13Best for: Children, who’ll love the huge selection of handmade toysThis is surely one of Britain’s most beautiful Christmas markets. Huddled in the shadow of Bath Abbey and lining the streets of this ancient city you’ll find more than 170 wooden chalets, each one chock-a-block with gorgeous gifts. More than 80 per cent of stallholders are local and you’ll find everything from handmade wooden toys and crafted candles to tasty cheeses and quirky jewellery. Bath is regarded as one of England’s most beautiful towns. Find out more about the UK’s top cities and places to visit with this useful guide**. 11. Castle Howard Christmas Market, LeedsWhen: 19 November to 23 DecemberBest for: Wow factorPersonally, we think all Christmas markets should be held in the shadow of a medieval castle. The one at Castle Howard is actually held inside an enormous marquee, so you’ll be able to browse the stalls without risking a case of pneumonia. Expect a huge selection of crafts, Christmas cards and festive food, and plenty of mulled wine to enjoy while you shop.After you’ve had your fill of retail therapy, head to the castle to admire the breathtaking Christmas decorations which light up its cavernous halls and banquet rooms. Families should head to the Grecian Hall, which is where Father Christmas will be taking up residence. There’ll also be storytelling sessions by the roaring log fire. 6. Dickensian Christmas market, RochesterWhen: 3 and 4 DecemberBest for: FamiliesAs Christmassy as a Charles Dickens novel (minus Scrooge, Fagan or pick pocketing teenagers), this market is short but sweet, lasting just two days. But it’s also one of our favourites. Cande-lit parades weave between the treasure-laden stalls, and local choirs provide the music. And when you’ve had your thrill of retail therapy, an army of roving street performers are on hand to provide the entertainment. It’s also worth stopping by Rochester Community Hub, which will be hosting an exhibition looking at how Queen Victoria and her family celebrated Christmas. 7. Nottingham Winter Wonderland, NottinghamshireWhen: 19 November to 8 JanuaryBest for: Presents for hard-to-please relativesJump into a winter wonderland in central Nottingham, where dozens of Christmas trees tower over the ice rink, mulled-wine bars and fairground rides. There are 50 Victorian-style stalls (all connected by a timber-decked walkway), selling everything from artisan cheeses, chutneys and chocolates to handmade jewelry, winter woollies, and Fairtrade items. The event has an “Olde England” theme so it’s a great place to pick up some traditional gifts, but it’s also famous for its food. On offer? Delicious hog roasts, warming stews and sweet treats for that all-important sugar fix.8. Frankfurt Christmas Market, BirminghamWhen: 12 November to 29 DecemberBest for: Fans of traditional German Christmas markets Birmingham’s enormous market takes place in Victoria Square, and claims to be the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the UK. Foodies will love the endless supply of pretzels, schnitzel and knoblauchbrot (garlic bread), and there’s a huge selection of locally produced gifts, including handbags, soap and musical instruments. This year’s event will be extra special, because it marks the fiftieth anniversary of ties between Frankfurt and Birmingham.It’s also worth saving some time to check out the nearby Birmingham Christmas Craft Market in Centenary Square, which is the perfect place to pick up some handmade treats. 5. St Nicholas Fair, YorkWhen: 17 November to 23 DecemberBest for: Limitless supplies of mulled wineThis market can be found on Parliament Street and St Sampson’s Square, and in addition to the handcrafted goods on offer, there’ll be plenty of food and drink. One of our favourite spots is Thor’s Tipi, which has become one of this market’s most popular attractions. Head here to warm your cockles around the roaring log fire, while sipping a delicious cup of hot chocolate. There’s also a fully-licensed bar for those in need of something stronger. Our advice? Book a hotel and stay for the weekend – York’s a beautiful town which is also the perfect place for a romantic city break. 4. Swansea Christmas Market, WalesWhen: 24 November to 21 DecemberBest for: Food – both to take home and to eat while you shopGreen and red wooden chalets will fill Swansea’s Oxford Street in Swansea once more this Christmas. On offer? Everything from Christmas baubles to camel burgers (yes, really). You’ll also be able to pick up locally-made Christmas cards, chow down on delicious fudge and artisan cheese, and knock back more mulled wine than you can shake a stick at. It’s another great market for those searching for more unusual presents, because many of the retailers will be selling local specialities, one of which is seaweed-infused gin. It’s also a great event for kids, who can visit Santa in his grotto. 3. Norwich Christmas Markets, NorfolkWhen: dates varyBest for: Variety – there are numerous markets throughout November and DecemberNorwich has an amazing number of Christmas markets. Our favourite is the Victorian-themed Christmas market, which takes place in the city centre on 17 and 18 December, but this year also sees the launch of the brand new Norwegian Handcrafters Christmas Market, which will take place between 19 and 24 November. The stalls will be piled high with traditional Nordic trinkets, so it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up something unusual for that special someone in your life. Another new addition to Norwich’s Christmas calendar is the Christmas Enterprise Market, which runs from the 26 to 29 November. The event acts as a showcase for some of East Anglia’s most talented designers and artists, with many of the goods being made by students at Norwich University of the Arts.center_img 9. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, HampshireWhen: November 19 to December 22Best for: The location, just metres from Winchester CathedralThis picture-postcard market transforms Winchester Cathedral Close into a festival paradise, filled with its fairy lights and inviting wooden cabins. It’s been taking place for over ten years and locals still flock here for the unique Christmas shopping, delicious food and the chance to get their skates on beneath the cathedral’s Gothic towers. Over 350,000 people visit this market every year, and anyone wishing to set up shop at the market has to go through a rigorous selection process, so you can rest assured that the goods on sale will be of the finest quality. 1. European Christmas Market, ScotlandWhen: 19 November to 7 JanuaryBest for: The spectacular settingThis Christmas, Edinburgh’s biggest shopping event will be the European Christmas Market, held in East Princes Street Gardens. It’s been running for over 20 years and the stalls, which will open until 10pm, specialise in traditional fare, including wooden Christmas decorations and hand-blown ornaments for the tree. For something truly Scottish, head to the Scottish Christmas Market on the designer boutique-lined George Street, which will run from 26 November to 24 December. Both are ideally located if you’re spending the weekend in Scotland’s capital, because some of Edinburgh’s cheapest hotels are just a short walk away. We recommend the Novetel Edinburgh Centre, where rooms start from just £60 per night. Why not make the most of this northern gem by checking out the city’s most beautiful sights? Find out which ones should be at the top of your list with our list of the 10 most beautiful places to visit in Edinburgh. Feeling festive? Here’s how to get in the mood for a cool Yule:How to get festive in LondonWhether you’re heading to London with the kids to show them the Christmas lights, hitting the shops to tick off Santa’s list or you’re just looking for some Christmas ideas to get you in the spirit, find out where you can get festive in the UK capital this year.Best Christmas markets in EuropeRather head to Europe to do your Christmas shopping? Indulge in some festive fun at one of Europe’s best Christmas markets, from Bremen to Bruges.11 top travel gifts for 2015The best gifts for the frequent flyer in your life, from up to the minute tech to the perfect carry-on bag. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. Blenheim Palace Christmas Market, OxfordshireWhen: 17 to 19 NovemberBest for: Unusual presentsThere’ll be over 160 stalls at this Christmas Market, which will take place in the Churchill & Marlborough Pavilions in the Great Court, directly in front of the palace. A brass band will provide the soundtrack, and when hunger strikes, head to the Orangery, where you’ll be able to enjoy some delicious festive treats. This year’s market will have a contemporary theme, so it’s the ideal place to shop for those hard-to-please teenage relatives. And when you’re all shopped out, take a moment to explore the spectacular Capability Brown-designed parkland. For the first time, visitors will be able to explore the estate via a Christmas-themed illuminated trail. Blenheim Palace is one of Europe’s most important stately homes. And if you’re a wannabe history buff, you’ll love our guide to the 10 best castles to visit in the UK. Related11 of the best Christmas market city breaks for under £80There’s nothing like a Christmas market to nurture that festive feeling. And the following cities aren’t just famous for their fantastic festive-themed extravaganzas; travel to any one of these gems and you’ll have plenty of Christmas cash left over, because it’s possible to get to every single one for under…Market leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in EuropeMarket leaders: 10 of the best Christmas markets in EuropeThings to do in London at Christmas that will make you feel festiveTwinkling lights, towering Christmas trees, mulled wine and ice rinks, the capital knows how to do Christmas. 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