We may be getting ahead of ourselves, but it is only 100 days until the big day (Christmas!) and there’s nothing wrong with being prepared, especially when it comes to watching the pennies.
So if you’re thinking of treating the family, friends or someone special to a Christmas market trip this year, here’s a budget-friendly guide to some of our favourites.
9 November - 23 December (George Square market runs until 31 December)
Venture up to Scotland this Christmas for Glasgow’s traditional market. Spreading across St Enoch Square and George Square, the market features more than 50 seasonal chalets that provide a unique taste of family street entertainment, handmade artisan crafts and delicious food. Take a slide down the vintage helter-skelter and carousel or meet Santa at the much-loved advent calendar each day when he hands out treats to the children.
It does get mighty cold up in Glasgow, so what better way to warm yourself up than at one of the cities many cosy pubs or cafes? Experience some Scottish delicacies and bring some shortbread home to enjoy over the festive period!
21 November - 5 January 2020
London and Hyde Park are always worth a visit, but Winter Wonderland is such a unique way to see the capital that it should be on everyone’s list.
Aside from seeing the beauty of the park itself, this free entry event offers spectacular shows in the MegaDome, ice skating on the largest open-air rink, more than 100 rides, and more. Plus, in a new attraction for 2019, you can visit The Magical Ice Kingdom, a telling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol through the medium of amazing ice sculptures! But don’t forget to wrap up warm for it!
Don’t forget to pre-book your tickets for the big attractions to guarantee you experience the rides as this will fast track your entry to the event too.
14 November - 22 December
If tradition is what you’re after, fall under the medieval spell of York this Christmas at the St Nicholas Christmas Fair. York’s classic cobbles, amazing independent shops and historic architecture will be beautifully lit to celebrate the festive season. At the award-winning market you will experience fine Yorkshire produce showcased at the Yuletide Village, and if you’re looking for more traditional Christmas gifts, wander amongst the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street.
Plus, with plenty of upcoming events from a Christmas Ghost Hunt, to Winter Welly Walks and Candlelit Choir and Jingles, York at Christmas is the perfect all-rounder destination.
7 November - 23 December
The largest authentic German Christmas market outside Germany and Austria, Birmingham’s ever-growing market is a feast for the senses. Enjoy the aroma of giant bratwurst sausages, gluhwein and gingerbread, listen to live music in Victoria Square, and enjoy ice skating and shopping for handcrafted leatherwork and wooden decorations, toys, jewellery, and much more in the UK’s second city.
Don’t miss your chance to find a truly unique Christmas gift from over 80 authentic German stalls, from tiny trinkets to children’s toys and more!
5 December - 8 December
While this Christmas market isn’t around for long, it’s an impressive sight to behold. With over 250 stalls meandering through the classic city of Lincoln, it’s almost like stepping back through time. The Artists' Christmas Village offers goods from local artists and crafters, and shops across the city will also close later while the market is open,
Don’t miss a great chance to see the amazing Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle, with plenty of other street entertainment on hand to make this a truly special shopping experience.
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