It’s that time of year again when we can all wrap up warm and head to the markets for our mulled wine and mince pie fix – and get some lovely Christmas presents of course! Here is my run down of the top spots to head over the next few months for a guaranteed hit of festive feeling.
15th November – 22nd December
This world-famous, award-winning market is a must for anyone seeking a Christmassy boost. Nine different spaces around the city will be transformed each with their own character, from Albert Square to The Corn Exchange. In total there will be over 300 stalls so you’ll be spoilt for choice. This year is also the market’s 15th anniversary, so it’s bound to be a big one. There’ll be plenty of mulled wine, tasty beers and enough clothes and crafts to fill any stocking.
Best for: Foodies! With mouth-watering treats from across Europe for visitors to sample it’s a real selling point. The Manchester markets are famous for delicious bratwurst, but there’s also Spanish paella or an old-fashioned hog roast.
20th November – 5th January
This is a real winter wonderland, with a market square and a long row of over 50 Tudor style cabins to get you in the festive spirit. With plenty of craft stalls there are lots of chances to pick up some extra presents, along with two winter bars for when you want to sit down and enjoy a few mulled wines.
Best for: kids! This winter wonderland offers an ice rink with a huge Christmas tree, along with a carousel, a Santa toy ride and a nativity scene. The big light switch-on is scheduled for the 20th of November, so get yourself down there for an evening of Christmassy treats.
8th November – 18th December
Every year Leeds brings a little piece of Germany to the heart of the city centre with the Christkindelmarkt. Here you’ll find traditional wooden stalls, plenty of festival greenery and lots of twinkling lights to get you feeling all Christmassy. There’s also a Christmas carousel ride for kids, or adults for that matter!
Best for: a taste of continental Christmas spirit. This award-winning event has plenty of craft stalls selling unique gifts from authentic German traders along with lots of delicious German delicacies like bratwurst and even goulash.
22nd November – 5th January
This over the top, all out festival fun includes everything you could wish for to get you in the Christmas spirit. There’s the giant observational wheel, two circuses and a Victorian bandstand illuminated with more than 100,000 lights. There are also plenty of places to take a seat and sip some mulled wine or delicious cider while warming up beside the open fires.
Best for: ice skating fans! This market features the biggest outdoor ice rink in the UK and skating in the evening with the lights twinkling around you is a must. There’s also the Magical Ice Kingdom, home to some amazing ice sculptures and even an ice village complete with an awesome ice slide. For any grown ups seeking some tasty refreshments there’s the Ice Bar too.
So now you can all get out there and enjoy some festive cheer and f you know of any other great spots let us know! Merry Christmas!
Love Aimee x
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