Short breaks | Christmas markets

The UK's best Christmas markets

The Christmas season has arrived, complete with twinkling lights, warming winter spices and carol singing. If you’re like us and can’t wait for the big day, wrap up warm and explore the magical Christmas markets popping up all over the UK. Rows of Alpine chalets, each with festive treasures to sample and buy, and the waft of mulled wine and mince pies. You can’t help but get carried away! We’ve hand-picked the UK’s best Christmas markets for you. Set in some of the UK’s most beautiful towns and cities, why not make it a festive weekend break? You’ll always find a warm welcome waiting for you at a nearby Premier Inn.


Don’t miss the award-winning Bath Christmas Market, where you’ll find fairies, elves and entertainers drifting through the streets around Bath Abby and the Roman Baths.


Sip on a mulled wine in Leicester Square, enjoy views of the Thames at Southbank’s Christmas Market or indulge in festive gift hunting at the Tate Modern.


Take your pick from the German-style Christmas market or the traditional Scottish Market and be met with arts, crafts, food and comforting festive drinks. 


Step into the fairy tale scene of Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, and linger over a warming glüwhein or goulash.


Buskers and carol singers wander through the York Christmas market, St. Nicholas Fair, where you’ll find handcrafted goods
and more.


The Manchester Christmas Markets keep the whole city abuzz! You’ll find a whopping eight Christmas markets, each with its own character and charm.


Hit Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland with its ice rink, bandstand and bars, or head to the city’s art and food market for crafty fun.


Leeds Christkindelmark is an irresistible alpine village in the heart of Yorkshire, a twinkling Christmas Market filled with wooden chalets selling gifts.


The continental Glasgow Christmas market brings festive delicacies, crafts and treats from all around the world to Scotland’s
largest city.


Chester's Christmas markets bring a flurry of festive shopping, eating and entertainment to the city centre, nestled beneath the cathedral and town hall.


Liverpool’s Christmas markets returns to St George’s Plateau, keeping the city bustling with arts and crafts, music and magical lanterns. 


One of Europe’s best Christmas markets, the Winchester Christmas Market is a German-style fair with glowing chalets and a glistening ice rink.

Frankfurt Christmas market in Germany

Frankfurt hosts one of Germany’s largest Christmas markets, or "Christkindchesmarkets" as they are known in Germany. This one is one of the oldest and dates back to the 14th Century. There are an increasing number of affiliated markets in the UK including one in Birmingham.
As you'd expect, there's always plenty of mulled wine and tasty sausages on offer and the famous Frankfurt skyscrapers are just around the corner.

Dates: 27th November – 22nd December 2017

More Christmas markets across the UK


Don’t miss Lincoln’s four day Christmas market, nestled between Lincoln’s cathedral and castle, complete with 250 stalls and festive entertainment. To further embrace the festive mood, head to Lincoln’s fairy lit ice rink.

Dates: 6th – 9th December 2018


With funfairs, grottos and over 200 stalls, the Harrogate Christmas Market transforms the historic Montpellier Quarter into a festive wonderland showcasing the best of Yorkshire. You’ll even find real reindeer!

Dates: 15th – 18th November 2018


The Continental Christmas Market returns to Grey Street and Grainger Street, offering a truly global feast with food, drink and crafts from around the world to sample and
tuck into.

Dates: 10th December – 17th December 2018


Stretching across Fargate, Town Hall Square and Peace Gardens, 50 cabins make up this traditional German-style market. You’ll also find Santa’s Grotto, and the ever-popular Sleigh Bar.

Dates: 16th November – 24th December 2018


City Hall becomes a winter wonderland, playing host to festive food, drink, arts and crafts from around Europe and beyond.
Don’t forget to write a letter to Santa,

Dates: 17th November – 22nd December 2018


Wooden chalets, tasty continental snacks and mulled wine bring the Christmas spirit to Peterborough’s Cathedral, where you’ll find both traditional festive gifts and bespoke goodies.

Dates: 8th – 23rd December 2018


A magical winter atmosphere takes over Broadmead, with 40 wooden chalet stalls packed with original hand-crafted items and authentic German food and drink to cheer even the most bah-humbug member of your family. 

Dates: 9th November – 23rd December 2018


A truly continental winter wonderland filled with festive food and crafts. Don’t forget to visit the bandstand, new for 2017,
playing host to local bands, carol singers and choirs!

Dates: 15th November – 16th December 2018


The award-winning Gloucester Quays Christmas markets return! Whether it’s a classic Victorian market or a magical enchanted feel you’re after, these markets offer the best of both.

Dates: 15th November – 25th November 2018


East Street and North Street will once again be transformed into a magical festive wonderland, with the world’s best crafts, food and drink on offer, along with unique and quirky gifts for all your friends and family.

Dates: 8th December – 16th December 2018


The city of dreaming spires is filled with festive joy for another year! Warming mulled wine and cinnamon waft their way around the beautiful and historic Broad Street, where traders offer beautifully quirky gifts and the sound of carol singers can be heard floating in the air.

Dates: 7th December – 22nd December 2018


Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017, the Worcester Christmas Fayre returns to transform the city centre into a Victorian wonderland once more. Embrace the Christmas spirit with arts, crafts, food and joyful choirs!

Dates: 29th November – 2nd December 2018


The Historic Dockyard gets its annual festive makeover for Portsmouth’s Victorian-style Christmas Market.
Search for gifts in snowy streets, visit Santa in his Grotto or enjoy live music and a mulled wine in Fagin’s Tavern.

Dates: 10th November – 24th December 2018


Now in its 15th year, the Cheltenham Christmas Market returns to the Promenade to tempt you with festive gifts, tasty treats and delicious mulled wine.


Dates: 22nd November - 15th December 2018


A traditional German celebration, the Southampton Christmas Market hosts individually designed alpine chalets filled with delicious food and authentic gifts. Be sure to catch ‘Flying Santa’ as he flies over the market twice a day!

Dates: 16th November - 23rd December 2018


Jubilee Square once again plays host to the Brighton Christmas Market, now in its 8th year. 22 creative and exciting stallholders will be ready with warming spiced drinks, delicious food and magical festive gifts. New for this year, Santa’s Grotto will also be in town!

Dates: 24th November – 25th November 2018


The Cardiff Christmas Market 2017 sees the return of an exciting and eclectic variety of hand-made items ready to complete your Christmas gift list. Have a look around while sipping on a warming wintery drink or enjoy a Christmas snack or two (or many).

Dates: 15th November – 23rd December 2018


Bournemouth’s Christmas Market is getting a 2017 revamp. Head to The Square for winter fun, with an ice rink and Santa’s Grotto,
or relax in the two-story Alpine Lodge where you'll find festive tipples and delicious

Dates: 17th November – 4th January 2018


The winter wonderland returns to Southport! Log cabins will all sorts of delightful Christmas gifts, along with a variety of warming wintery drinks and delicious festive snacks.

Dates: 22nd November – 16th December 2018


The Sparkles Advent Market and Cirencester Christmas Markets bring festive joy to the newly-renovated Market Place. Stroll through the Square exploring hand-crafted gifts, feast on festive food and drink and enjoy the local musicians before the big event: the annual Christmas lights switch-on!

Dates: 1st December - Sparkles Advent Festival & Market
Dates: 15th – 16th December - Cirencester Christmas Markets