Celebrate the festive season at these UK Christmas markets 2023

Looking for a Christmas market to visit in the UK? Here is our definitive list of some of the best Christmas markets the UK has to offer.

Why jet off abroad when the UK has a sleigh-load of enchanting Christmas markets to explore? Going to a Christmas market closer to home can not only save you money but benefit the planet! This year, the festivities are back with a bang, and here are some of the must-visit markets across the country.

1. Leeds, Nov 24 - Dec 22

After a hiatus last year, Leeds returns with 120 Bavarian-style stalls lighting up the city centre. Explore three Christmas-themed outdoor bar areas for a festive drink.

2. Birmingham, Nov 2 - Dec 24

The iconic Birmingham Frankfurt market, the largest German Christmas market outside Germany or Austria, opens for over a month. Indulge in Bavarian treats and soak in the holiday atmosphere.

3. Cardiff Christmas Festival, Dec 1 - 24

Cardiff's Christmas Festival is a festive extravaganza. Explore the charming stalls, savour seasonal delicacies, and revel in the lively atmosphere that defines the spirit of Christmas in Cardiff.

4. Edinburgh, Nov 27 - Jan 6

Edinburgh transforms into a festive paradise with stalls in East Princes Street Gardens. From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets, the city offers a unique festive representation.

5. York, Nov 16 - Dec 22

St Nicholas Fair has been enchanting York for 31 years. Wander through cobbled streets filled with the aroma of mulled wine and mistletoe, adding to the city's festive charm.

6. Bristol, Nov 3 - Dec 23

Bristol's city centre welcomes dozens of market stall holders, along with Father Christmas and his reindeer. Explore wooden chalets offering gifts, festive food, and drink.

7. Brighton Christmas Festival, Nov 18 - Dec 24

Brighton's Christmas Festival transforms the city into a winter wonderland. With a mix of unique stalls, entertainment, and the vibrant spirit of Brighton, this is a must-visit for a magical experience.

8. Manchester Christmas Markets, Nov 10 - Dec 21  

Manchester's iconic Albert Square transforms into a festive hub with a diverse array of stalls. From traditional treats to unique gifts, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this lively market.

9. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Nov 18 - Jan 2  

Hyde Park transforms into a dazzling Winter Wonderland, offering a magical escape in the heart of London. From thrilling rides and ice skating to festive markets, this iconic event promises an enchanting experience for the whole family.

10. Belfast Christmas Market, Nov 18 - Dec 23

Belfast City Hall becomes the epicentre of festive delights with its Christmas Market. Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere, as the market offers an array of international cuisines, unique crafts, and the warmth of holiday traditions.  

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From Leeds to Belfast, Birmingham to London, and beyond, the UK is brimming with Christmas magic. Embrace the festive spirit without the carbon footprint and make this holiday season memorable.  

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