The BALANCE guide to the UK’s Christmas Markets
Hot Chocolates, Mistletoe & Mulled wine: The BALANCE guide to the UK’s Christmas Markets.
Christmas is right around the corner and there’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than walking through the Christmas markets, seeing all the twinkling lights with a mulled wine in hand. Whether you’re visiting with friends or family, they are the perfect place to get lost in laughter, try delicious food stalls and behold mesmerising festive decorations.
The BALANCE team have scoured the country in search of festive cheer and is bringing you 5 of our favourite Christmas markets. Check them out below!
One of the oldest cities in the country, Bath is the place where you’ll find Christmas all around. The award-winning market is back after two years, bigger and better than ever! With over 150 artisan stalls spread around the picturesque Georgian streets, you can find all the seasonal gifts, food and drink you need. Take a step back in time, and get all your Christmas shopping done the traditional way.
2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the Bath Christmas market, running for 18 days from the 24th of November to the 11th of December as part of the wider ‘Bath at Christmas’ events.
A BALANCE favourite, York is the Christmas jewel of the North! Dubbed one of the country’s most festive cities, hundreds of alpine chalets line the streets. The city’s restaurants, tea rooms and shops are all dressed with Christmas decorations – creating an all-round sense of festivity.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of York’s St Nicholas Fair and to celebrate they are bringing you ‘Swiss with a Twist’. A Swiss chalet, The Winter Hütte dining experience from one of Yorkshire’s best-known chefs!
Edinburgh’s infamous Christmas market is back for another year! From mulled Iron Bru to Harry Potter-inspired gifts, the Scotts know how to celebrate the festive season in style. Based in East Princes Street Gardens, take a stroll through the endless food stalls whilst sipping on a delightful hot chocolate and enjoying the historical backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
One of Europe’s biggest markets, you’ll find an array of activities from ice-skating, and visiting Santa Land, to wine tasting and of course the big Christmas Wheel!
If you’re looking for the perfect city break, Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market is the place to go. Situated in the heart of Victoria Square, it’s a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar and never disappoints.
In the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany, you’ll find delicious foods like pretzels and bratwursts, which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbier (wheat beer), or tasty Bailey’s hot chocolate.
Situated in the heart of the Welsh capital, Cardiff’s Christmas market is sure to get you and your family in the festive mood. With local craft beers, hot Welsh cakes and Welsh cheese; you will find traditional Christmas dishes with a Welsh twist.
Hundreds of stalls are adorned with hand-made gifts, perfect for the Secret Santa gift you still haven’t purchased.