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Last update on June 11, 2021

Villages and cities across Britain light up with Christmas markets offering exotic foods, crafts, and seasonal shopping opportunities. Here are some of the major Christmas markets across the UK.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair

Victoria Square, New Street and Chamberlain Sq

Visit 180 picturesque stalls at this traditional German Christmas market, enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of the bustling city centre.

Christmas Market – Cribbs Causeway, Bristol

This outdoor Christmas market at Cribbs Causeway features 21 small wooden chalets outside The Mall. A range of traditional German handicrafts, as well as mulled wine and food is on offer.

Belfast Christmas Continental Market

The City Hall grounds come alive with dozens of market stalls offering a stunning range of crafts, food and decorations from across Europe, and beyond, to delight the Christmas shopper seeking original gifts. More than 750,000 people visited the market last year – and this year it promises to be even bigger and better than ever with traders from as far afield as the North Pole, Asia, Africa and the United States.

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Market

The Caerphilly Christmas Market has a medieval flavour. This Christmas Market in Caerphilly is set in front of the imposing backdrop of the castle. This Xmas market in Caerphilly attracts around 90 stall holders and is popular for it’s extensive entertainment and activities. (Wales)

Christmas Festive Fayre – Norwich

Norwich’s new festive fayre takes to the streets in front of City Hall and in and around The Forum with more than 80 stalls offering the perfect gifts for Christmas. Discover a wide selection of high quality Norfolk crafts from handmade jewellery, soaps and stained glass to Christmas decorations, textiles, cards and unusual household items. Sample the delights of French, Italian, Polish and German food, wine and delicious home-made sweets. Explore Norwich market under a sea of multi-coloured roofs where products range from exotic spices to useful house wares on more than 160 stalls.

Bankside Frost Fair – Southbank

Every December the Bankside riverside between Southwark and Blackfriars Bridges will come alive as London’s largest free winter festival recreates the tradition of the medieval fairs held on the frozen river – with Husky dog sledding, a larger than ever winter market with over 70 stalls, a variety of music and entertainment, street theatre, adult and children’s participatory workshops, ice sculptures, a drinks marquee serving mulled wine and ale and festive food to keep you warm.

Oxford Christmas Market

Oxford celebrates Christmas this year with its very first annual Christmas Market at the stunning Oxford Castle. People of all ages will get together to enjoy the magical and festive atmosphere of the German-style Christmas Market.

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market & Ice-rink

The Christmas Market is situated within the historic Inner Close at the foot of Winchester Cathedral providing a wonderfully unique and memorable experience.

Liverpool Christmas Markets

Lord Street, Paradise Street & Whitechapel
Stallholders will bring a variety of festive arts & crafts, decorations and jewellery to accompany the ever popular delights of a Continental Christmas with the licensed bar selling Glühwein, German beers and other seasonal specialities such as bratwurst and crepes.

Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market

Millennium Square
‘Christkindelmarkt’, Leeds is one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK. This Xmas market in Leeds is located in the Millennium Square. Visitors are urged to visit this authentic Christmas Market in Leeds.

Glasgow Traditional Christmas Market

The Glasgow Christmas Market will take place in the city centre. This traditional Christmas Market in Glasgow will attract traders from all over ther world.

Oxford Street, London

This centrally located site, situated between Bond Street and Marble Arch underground stations, has one of the most magical festive backdrops – the Oxford Street Christmas lights the heart of the world’s busiest shopping street.

A Victorian Festival of Christmas – Portsmouth

The Christmas Market in Portsmouth is hosted at the Historic Dockyard. Known as A Victorian Festival of Christmas, this is a well established Portsmouth Christmas Market. Admission to this Portsmouth Xmas Market also permits visitors to visit HMS Victory, Mary Rose, etc

Durham City Christmas Festival 2009

In its 16th year, the Durham City Christmas Festival shows off our beautiful City to its best – cobbled streets, with the sound of entertainers plenty, reindeer in the Market Place, childrens lantern procession, carols for all in the Cathedral, fire juggling as twilight sets over the Market Place, as well as over 150 quality craft, gift and gourmet food stalls in a huge marquee on Palace Green offering that extra special something as a Christmas gift.

Hyde Park, London – Winter Wonderland

This Christmas Market in London will be known as Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. With around 40 German-style wooden chalets this London Christmas Market will appeal to all who enjoy the atmosphere of a German Xmas Market.

Cheltenham Christmas Market

Geraud Markets (UK) Ltd has confirmed that for the seventh consecutive year they will operate Cheltenham’s increasingly popular Christmas Market

Christmas Market – NewcastleGateshead

With the famous city centre backdrop there are over 50 stalls showcasing many local traders with a wide variety of original hand crafted gifts, and tasty treats. Traders sell everything from alpaca hats and gloves to boozy Christmas cake, cheeses, delicious jams, beautiful glassware and gorgeous jewellery.

Bath Christmas Market

Bath Christmas Market is located in front of the imposing Bath Abbey. The popularity of the Christmas Market in Bath continues to grow. Now into it’s 8th year this Xmas Market in Bath will attract 123 stall holders selling quality seasonal gifts and produce.

Cologne Christmas Market at Southbank Centre/London Eye

This Cologne Christmas Market is located on the Southbank adjacent to the London Eye. It will attract numerous stallholders all selling unusual and high quality gifts. The centrepiece of this Christmas Market in London, Southbank will be a beautiful, traditional carousel.

Lightwater Shopping Village (Ripon) Dickensian Festival

Now firmly established as one of North Yorkshire’s foremost Christmas festivals, the Lightwater Shopping Village Dickensian event just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

Canterbury Traditional Christmas Market

This small Christmas Market in Canterbury is located just inside the old city walls not far from the cathedral. Canterbury Christmas Market is a traditional German style ideal for visitors who want the authentic experience without having to travel to Germany.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Every year the Christmas Markets transform the City with their charming wooden chalets. While you browse the bustling stalls, soaking up the atmosphere beneath the twinkling lights you cannot help but get wrapped in the Christmas spirit! Download the print guide.

  • Albert Square
  • Brazennose Street
  • Gluhwein & Beer House
  • St Ann’s Square
  • Exchange Street
  • New Cathedral Street
  • Exchange Square
  • The Triangle

Sheffield Christmas Market

Fargate, Sheffield City Centre
The Sheffield Craft markets offer a great selection of things a little out of the ordinary, from hand made jewellery and carvings, to clothing and artwork.  There is something there for everyone and you will find the traders have a wealth of knowledge about the products they are selling.

Nottingham: Christmas craft, Fine Food and Frankfurt German markets

Old Market Square, Nottingham

  • Pick up traditional food and crafts then enjoy a glass of Glühwein at the German market located in Long Row, Smithy Row and in front of the Council House. The market will be open Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 10am-6pm. Christmas cakes and cookies, smoked sausages, traditional wooden toys, nutcrackers, lanterns, waffles, candied fruit, jewellery, glass and lots more.
  • Look no further than Old Market Square this Christmas for unique and handmade gift ideas. The annual craft and gift market will boast a range of goodies to suit all pockets. Why not finish it all off with a skate on the outdoor ice rink?
  • Enjoy the regional Fine Food market as Nottingham goes festive with up to 40 stalls offering seasonal treats.

York International Christmas Fayre

Parliament Street, York
York’s Parliament Street offers a festive market with a global edge in the lead up to Christmas. Following the success of its inaugural visit in 08, the International Christmas Fayre returns with its modern festive atmosphere bringing gifts, smells and tastes from around the world. Liveried chefs offer the best in continental fayre for your Christmas larder, along with tasty snacks and warming gluhwein to fuel your festive shopping expedition!