Christmas Markets 2010
Fancy hitting some of the Best Christmas Markets in the UK to do your Christmas shopping this year? Let us take you directly to the heart of the city centre shopping, so you don't have to worry about finding that elusive parking space or carrying those heavy shopping bags back to your car. All you have to worry about is which market to go to, so we have listed some of our favourites below.
Birmingham - Book to Birmingham Coach Station for a 10 minute walk to the German Market.
Leeds - Book to Leeds Coach Station for a 10 minute walk to the German Market.
Brighton - Book to Brighton for a 5 minute walk to Brighton Christmas Market.
Manchester - Book to Manchester Coach Station to be right in the heart of the various Christmas markets.
Liverpool - Book to Liverpool Coach Station for a 15 minute walk to the various Christmas markets.
London Southbank - Book to London Victoria Coach Station and take the District Underground to the Embankment and change on to the Bakerloo Line to arrive at Waterloo which is the heart of the London Christmas markets.
Bristol - Book to Bristol Coach Station
Whichever market you decide to visit, make sure you book early so you don't miss out, as our low fares from £6.50 mean that seats will go quickly.
Birmingham: 18 November to 23 December
Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. It is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria and is arguably one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK.
Enjoy the feel of a small village with 180 stalls within the heart of the bustling city centre, with picturesque wooden chalets offering traditional handcrafted gifts, including jewellery, wooden toys, dolls and candles.
Your senses will be delighted as they are invited to enjoy the Glühwein (German mulled wine), German beers, traditional sausages, meats, sweets, marzipans, breads and pastries.
Leeds: 12 November to 19 December
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.
The market consists of over 40 wooden chalet stalls from authentic German traders providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone including; handcrafted toys, jewellery, Christmas cards and festive decorations, speciality foods and traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, soups, stollen, gingerbread and candied fruits. There is even a festive funfair!
Brighton: 20 December 2010
There will be over 30 stalls selling clothing, accessories and interior items, as well as some suitably Christmassy gifts and decorations. To make sure shoppers don't go hungry, there will also be a small number of hand-selected local food suppliers selling tasty Christmas treats, from mulled wine and mince pies to baked apple cake and hot chocolate. Carol singers will add to the festive atmosphere and there will be children's entertainment.
Manchester: 18 November to 21 December
Love Manchester's fabulous Christmas markets? Then you're in for a treat in 2010.
Follow the Christmas trail round the eight sites of the market. Enjoy food, gifts, crafts, and festive fun from around Europe and beyond, admire some of the historical gems of the city centre...and let the full beauty of Manchester's' Christmas markets unfold before you.
Liverpool: 25 November to 21 December
For those looking for something different at Christmas, or that special present, look no further than the Liverpool Christmas Market.
Liverpool Christmas Market event is now in its sixth year and provides the perfect opportunity to get those Christmas stocking fillers. Over 45 decorated wooden chalets offering a unique atmosphere and experience for the more discerning shopper, selling festive crafts and gifts brought to you from all over Europe.
Also featuring a fully licensed bar selling German Beers and Gluwein.
London, Southbank: 19 November to 23 December
Though the lure of bright lights and high street excess is always tempting during the festive season, Christmas markets in London are often a refreshing alternative to the usual Christmas shopping experience.
Bristol: 11 November to 22 December
Shoppers can combine high quality traditional German and locally inspired markets. On offer will be crafts, gifts and deliciously festive food and drink, providing both an authentic German festive experience and a selection of the best locally sourced produce.
Also near the Christmas markets is one of Bristol's best kept secrets, St Nicholas Market, on Corn Street. Home to the largest collection of independent retailers in Bristol, this is a treasure trove for shoppers and a great place in which to find something different for that special Christmas gift.