We know that all lots of you who hire a motorhome for the Winter season will be looking at visiting a few of the Christmas Markets that the UK has to offer. So Priory Rentals has put together a list for you to discover the best Christmas markets than the UK has to offer.
Locations & Dates
Belfast, November 19 –December 22
Belfast’s Christmas market will host a range of local food and drink producers this year with 20 additional stalls to celebrate the climax of Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink. As always, the market will be located in the centre in the City Hall grounds.
Those of you who have a sweet tooth can take a trip down the aptly titled Candy Alley, and children can visit Santa at his grotto. The market also operates a buddy scheme which gives those with reduced mobility easier access to the stalls during quiet periods.
Edinburgh, November 18 – January 8
Easily the most famous north of the border, this year it returns to its traditional pitch at East Princes Street Gardens, close to the winter ice rink.
It’s one of the country’s longest-running markets and the Scottish section has traditional crafts and gifts, while the European part has a more multicultural feel.
Nearby Santa Land also has a children’s market. If the weather proves too much, you can warm up in the carousel bar with a mulled wine or a hot chocolate.
Chester, November 18 –December 18
Chester’s Christmas market is situated in the heart of this historic city, next to its cathedral
The markets at Chester are found right in the heart of the historic city, next to the cathedral. It has 70 wooden chalets selling a range of goods. The event attracts exhibitors from across the Wirral and North Wales and last year stalls included a microbrewery, a fudge maker, a cheese maker and a hat maker.
Cardiff, November 10 – December 23
Cardiff has one of the fastest-growing festive markets in the country, run by Craft folk, a body established to support artists in the area.
Established in 1994, it was expanded last year to occupy an even greater area of the city centre. Last year almost 200 businesses from candle makers to ceramic crafters and brewers to jewellers from across Wales exhibited. Many are expected to return this year, with plenty of new ones joining them.
London, November 18 – January 2
London plays host to many Christmas markets
There is plenty of choice in the capital – the German Southbank Centre Winter Market near Waterloo has a range of chalets selling hand-crafted gifts as well as rides and attractions to keep children amused.
New for this year is another German market at Leicester Square, with a packed entertainment programme with circus performers and dancers. There is also a Santa’s Grotto for children.
Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is huge, with German, Angels and Fairies markets. with circus performers and dancers. There is also a Santa’s Grotto for children.
York, November 17 –December 23
The St Nicholas Fair returns to the city this year, with the glorious backdrop of York Minster. The chalets will have a range of gifts and food, including traditional Yorkshire produce for Christmas dinners. It also stocks various local wines and cheeses.
Manchester, November 10 – December 20
Manchester has one of the most sprawling Christmas markets in the UK, with around 300 exhibitors occupying its wooden chalets each year.
The award-winning event doesn’t just restrict itself to German produce, it also sells other European goods, such as French soaps and Belgian kitchenware. Its cosmopolitan feel extends to its numerous food stalls, where everything from goulash to paella is on offer.
If you’re looking for something traditionally British, you can also tuck into a hog roast.