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Best Christmas markets for families in the UK

09 Nov 2017

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Can you believe that it’s almost Christmastime? It won’t be long until you’re putting up the tree with your little ones and cleaning up the mess made by your devilish Elf on the Shelf. But Christmas isn’t Christmas until you attend some markets!

But know it can sometimes be a struggle to find the best ones, so here is a list of some of our favourite markets for you to visit with your family this year...

Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle transforms into a winter wonderland in December, with decorations travelling down the long and narrow streets to create a festive feeling across the city. The market is located at the top of Grey Street, just under Grey’s Monument, where you can find wooden huts built and decorated especially for the Christmas period.

But what does the market have on offer? Tradespeople from across Europe come to bring a touch of their country to Newcastle – creating one of the best atmospheres in the UK during this festive time. From foods to ornaments, you’ll be spoilt for choice with what you can buy. If you love to ice skate, be sure to head down to the Centre for Life to show off your skills in Times Square!

Open: 11th December – 17th December


For 12 years now, the German Christmas Market in Birmingham has been a top attraction to those wanting to explore a spectacular Christmas market. Located in Victoria Square, it makes a beautiful setting for any family photograph – lights descend down the centred fountain and the iconic carousel is at the top of the steps creating a winter wonderland.

With over 180 stalls, there’s plenty to explore, from food to jewellery to toys. Be sure to grab a hot chocolate with marshmallows and take your time strolling around the village.

Open: 17th November – 29th December


Take a trip to Exeter this year to discover the magnificent Christmas market on the west front of the cathedral – creating an enchanting atmosphere. With the cathedral towering over, it’s a beautiful site to wander around and experience something from a huge range of different countries and cultures.

For the first time, the Exeter Christmas Market will have a bandstand this year, which will host the entertainment for the evening – with local bands, singers and choirs spreading the magical spirit with Christmas carols and songs. If you can’t get enough of Christmas markets in Exeter, there’s two more – one on Castle Street and one on Fore Street, so there are plenty of opportunities to be festive!

Open: 16th November – 17th December


Indulge yourself in the historic culture of Lincoln by attending its Christmas market which boasts over 280 stalls, surrounded by the iconic castle and cathedral – allowing your little ones to have a real sense of magic on your family trip out. From freshly cooked food to some of the most exceptional gifts, Lincoln has something a little bit different to offer.

Not only are new stalls put up outside, but shops along the cobbled streets come outdoors to sell their products too, creating the perfect atmosphere up the steep bank. Once you’ve had some delicious food, head to the big wheel and other fairground rides - there is definitely something for all the family to enjoy. Once you get high enough on the big wheel, you might be able to spot one of Santa Claus’ elves in the crowd – so make sure you’re on your best behaviour to remain on this year’s good list. Although this market isn’t around for long, it’s well worth a visit!

Open: 7th December – 10th December


If you’re heading to the capital this Christmas, why not take a trip to the Winter Wonderland situated in Hyde Park? Full of festivity, there’s nothing that you and your family can’t do at this market, from ice skating to a circus trip to watching Cinderella on Ice - whatever your family desires will be available here. Be sure you don’t miss out by booking ahead - there always is a high demand of certain activities and attractions.

If you’ve got a busy festive period ahead, you’re in luck, as this Winter Wonderland remains open until after Christmas! Remember to take your camera - you don’t want to miss the moment when your little one’s face light up meeting Santa Claus himself! Once you’ve tackled the magical kingdom of Winter Wonderland, why not take a stroll to Buckingham Palace to take photographs outside of the iconic landmark – you might even see the Queen if you’re lucky!    

Open: 17th November – 1st January


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