Well, the country is gearing up for the festive season already, and we just can't wait! The weather outside may be frightful, but the Christmas markets here are truly delightful. If you plan on getting into the spirit of things, why not head to one of these fun events? No matter where you are, there is certain to be a festival or market near you. Here are the UK's best Christmas markets.
1. Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
When? 12 November - 22 December
After the massive event that is the Christmas lights switch-on, Birmingham becomes a whole new place. The German style market offers confectionery treats, handmade gifts and even warming hot chocolate. The markets spread throughout the city centre, and attract thousands of people every year. As if that weren't enough, there is also a beautiful carousel at the heart of the event.
2. Belfast Christmas Continental Market
When? 14 November - 20 December
These Irish markets sell almost anything you can imagine. From scarves to wooden ornaments, there is something to suit every taste. Aside from that, there are also a few bars that you might want to check out. The markets take place in the City Hall Gardens and tend to be a real attraction for everyone.
3. Chester Christmas Market
When? 19 November - 20 December
When the weather gets chilly in Chester, the good people there don't let it bother them. Instead, they put together no less than 70 timber chalets in the city centre. The traditional city is the perfect setting for these old-timey markets.
4. Edinburgh European Christmas Market
When? 21 November - 4 January
All over Europe, there are continental markets that are worth our attention. One such market takes place here in the UK. Yes, Edinburgh's stalls have a rather brilliant twist. With gifts, craft items and even an ice rink, this market is second to none.
5. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
When? 21 November - 4 January
This Christmas-themed fair takes place in the heart of Hyde Park. You can expect everything from fun fair rides to stalls selling festive treats. There is also an annual ice rink, which goes all the wall around the bandstand and an ice forest that features incredible sculptures. What's more, the event is 100% free. That means that you can have a cheap day out in the centre of London.
6. Cardiff Christmas Market
When? 13 November - 23 December
These markets kick off with the much-awaited 'Step into Christmas' event. After the initial festivities are over, though, there is still a lot to enjoy. Around 120 Welsh businesses take part in these markets every year. That means that you can get almost all your Christmas shopping done when you visit these markets.
7. Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Market
When? 5 December - 6 December
In Sheffield's historic industrial quarter, you will find a two-day festival that will transport you back in time. The Victorian Christmas markets are always a massive hit, and so they are well worth seeing. From craft stalls to carol singers, there is a lot to experience. Take a walk down the cobbled streets and treat yourself to some handmade chocolates. You know you want to!
8. Bristol Christmas Market
When? 6 November - 22 December
In the vibrant area of Broadmead, there is a special Christmas event that you ought to visit. With activities for children, stalls and eateries, there is something for all the family here. These markets consist of over 500 unique stalls, which you can wander around for a day. With bespoke presents, original art and new craft materials, you're sure to find what you need.
9. Exeter Christmas Market
When? 19 November - 19 December
Rather than having the stalls out in the cold, these markets take place inside the stunning Exeter Cathedral. Independent retailers from all over the city come together to support this brilliant event. Aside from excellent gift ideas, you will also find stalls serving festive treats. Why not enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine while you browse the stalls?
10. Tate Modern Christmas Market
When? 20 November - 23 December
If you'd like to experience an authentic German Christmas, you'll love this event. During the festive period, the Tate Modern becomes an altogether different place. With more than 70 wooden chalets, this is a market of epic proportions. With traditional Glühwein (mulled wine) and tasty treats, you're sure to adore everything about this event. If you get there at the right time, you might even hear some live music too!
Attending an incredible seasonal event is the perfect way to prepare yourself for Christmas. We hope that our list helps you choose the ideal festive market for you!