You don’t have to visit Germany to experience traditional Bavarian festive markets; there are now a wide range of Christmas markets that pop up in towns all around the UK. People travel for miles to experience these festive fairs that often draw in huge crowds in the lead up to Christmas. Planning on seeking out the very best Christmas markets in England? Read on to discover our top six.
The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the largest German market outside of the country itself with over 200 traditional stalls selling everything from trinkets to gluhwein. The heart of the market is situated in Victoria Square with a festive village providing festive refreshments, fairground attractions for children and plenty of seating. Nearby on Chamberlain Square, visitors will find more tasty treats alongside a variety of handmade crafts perfect for gifts.
Manchester’s Christmas markets are legendary, attracting visitors from all around the globe. The main hub is the German market on Albert Square where many traditional stalls sell everything from handmade gifts to frankfurter sausages. Other markets are scattered around the city centre, from Spinningfields to Cathedral Gardens, offering festive wares from other European locations alongside local goodies. With over 350 stalls, it’s no surprise that the Manchester festive markets have frequently been named the best in the UK.
If you’re after more of a picturesque festive market, head to York where the St Nicholas Fair takes over Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square and Coppergate, spilling onto the infamous Shambles with non-festive stalls. This quaint market mainly offers locally produced gifts such as crafts and edible treats with a strong Yorkshire theme throughout.
You won’t struggle to find a wonderfully festive market in London with an abundance of small markets scattered across the capital. Hyde Park’s decadent Winter Wonderland is obviously the jewel of the crown with plenty of entertainment and food stalls for the whole family to enjoy, but if you take the time to explore the city you’ll discover wooden huts offering everything imaginable – from food markets in Kings Cross Square to the Southbank Centre’s traditional Christmas market.
Boasting an impress array of handmade goods that are predominantly made in the local area, Bath hosts one of the most popular festive markets in the country. Over 150 stalls line the streets around the Roman Baths selling everything from seasonal food and drink to local crafts, fashion and ceramics.
It may be one of the most short-lived festive markets in the country with the stalls only appearing for four days in December, but Lincoln’s Christmas fairs have built up an impressive reputation. Based around Norman Square, 250 stalls spring up overnight offering food, drink and gifts galore. Alongside the wooden huts, there’s plenty of entertainment including a ferris wheel and live music.