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Top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK

Posted on October 23, 2015 by David

Once a rarity in the UK but now increasingly serving the up German beer, hot chocolate and yuletide cheer to the masses, we take a look at the top 5 Christmas Markets around the UK.

Whether you’re a scrooge or a happy elf, it’s hard to not get in the festive spirit when you’re fully immersed in the Christmas Market experience. They’ve certainly proved popular in the UK, with a whole load of them popping up. Take a look at some of our top Christmas Market choices that we reckon are certainly worth a visit.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. Photo supplied by Birmingham City Council

Hallo aus Deutschland! Do you fancy experiencing Christmas how the Germans do? Well fortunately you don’t have to travel very far at all. Birmingham boasts one of the largest outdoor Christmas Markets in Britain, with the Frankfurt Christmas market being the centrepiece of the city’s annual Calendar.

With over 180 stalls, there’s plenty of choice. The traditional German wooden huts and grottos cover the high street and spread all the way through the heart of the city. If German sausages, waffles, hearty German beer and hot chocolate sounds like a recipe for a good day, then you’re in the right place.

When you’ve had enough of the food and drink there are plenty of craft stalls to take a look at. From hand-crafted German candle holders to Christmas tree decorations, there’s loads to see, eat and do. Look no further than the Birmingham market for the full festive experience.

Caerphilly Medieval Christmas Fayre

Caerphilly Castle. Photo supplied by Caerphilly County Borough Council

Themed Christmas markets are great at getting you fully immersed in the yuletide cheer. The Caerphilly Fayre spreads itself throughout Caerphilly town all the way up to Caerphilly Castle. Given its medieval theme you can expect to be entertained by the frolics of the ‘Castle Jester’, serenaded by medieval music and greeted by the friendly medieval inhabitants!

Around Caerphilly town there’s plenty to get involved with, from farmers markets, street entertainers and re-enactments to Santa’s grotto. If you’re after a Christmas market that takes you back in time, is great for all the family and offers something a little different to the German theme, then Caerphilly is ideal.

Worcester Victorian Fayre

Photo: Worcester Victorian Fayre. Photo supplied by Geograph

If you’re after atmosphere by the bucket-load, you’ve come to the right place. Worcester Christmas Fayre is the top themed street market in the Midlands. Take a stroll through the historic, windy backstreets of Worcester and you’ll find yourself greeted by stallholders in traditional 19 th century attire. From ladies and gents to street urchins and chimney sweeps! There’s also a fantastic Victorian-themed merry go-round to hop on, however we recommend doing this before you’ve filled your belly with warm cider, it could get messy.

When you have had enough of pottering around the quirky market, there are plenty of cafes and boutique shops to try. If you get the chance however, Worcester Cathedral is certainly worth a visit.

Blenheim Palace Christmas Fair

Photo: Blenheim Palace. Photo supplied by Living Crafts Events Ltd

If you’re after a bit of pomp and circumstance mixed with something different to the usual Christmas markets, Blenheim Palace is certainly worth a visit.

Showcasing British craftsmanship, the ‘Living Crafts’ fair puts on show over 150 designer-makers featuring handmade jewellery, ceramics, fashion, toys, wreaths and garlands. It’s a great chance to pick up some special and unique Christmas gifts. With the fair being held in the heated pavilions within the Palace courtyards, you’ll be snug and dry while you peruse through the gifts.

If you fancy it, going for a stroll through the gorgeous grounds will bring you to some winter warming food and drink. In the ‘Orangery’ you can treat yourself to the usual edible and drinkable festive delights, or splash out on some bubbly at the ‘Champagne Bar’.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. Photo supplied by Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park's ‘Winter Wonderland’ is huge with absolutely masses to do. Huge Ferris wheels, Zippo circus tents, a skating rink and festive themed stalls give a small taste of what to expect.

With the event being set within one of the UK’s most famous parks, there’s a great feel about it, with plenty of room for a stroll. Plus, being in the capital there’s a whole load to explore outside of ‘Winter Wonderland’ too. If the festive gifts and crafts don’t take your fancy, you’re only a short distance from Oxford Street for some last- minute shopping!

Fancy a getaway?

Explore our range of hotel deals that you can stay at whilst visiting these and other Christmassy markets. There's our 4* Hyde Park Stay at Thistle Hyde Park Hotel in London. As well as being close to the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland you'll also get 2 free tickets to the Red Rover River Cruises. What's more, our deal includes delicious breakfast. If Worcester Christmas Fayre is on your visit list, then our 4* Attraction Break at Hogarth's Stone Manor Hotel in Worcestershire is ideal. You're within easy reach of Worcester and you'll also receive 'Freedom of the Line' tickets at the steam railway running between Kidderminster and Bridgenorth. If steam trains aren't your thing then the deal also includes the option of swapping those tickets for tickets to the West Midlands Safari Park. Also, a lovely breakfast is included.

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