Most Charming Christmas Market Breaks in the UK

Christmas is a beloved time of year for many people around the U.K. Whether it be the twinkling lights, the mulled wine, or the wonderful variety of Christmas jumpers, there seems to be something special about this time of year that brings people together. 

One of the most popular outings for people across the country is, of course, the charming Christmas markets. Not only are they great for all ages, they tend to create a happy and nostalgic feeling that will warm even the Scroogiest of characters. 

If you are looking for a short break before the holidays, then why not take advantage of this magical, market-filled time of year? 

Here are our top recommendations for some of the best and most charming Christmas market breaks in 2019. 

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester has had a complete Christmas market takeover, with eight markets scattered throughout the city. Altogether, you will have 300 stalls to explore, which means the food options will satisfy all pallets. Needless to say, Manchester at Christmas will become your favourite time of year to visit.

All markets will be free to attend and this map shows exactly where the markets are located so you can plan your visit.  Markets run at different times between the 8th of November to the 5th of January, so be sure to attend when all the markets are running. 

The Hotel Gotham is in the heart of all eight markets and is located in one of the most eye-catching buildings in the city. This five-star hotel strives to go beyond the norm by providing guests with an immersive roaring twenties experience.

Winter Wonderland, London 

In the heart of London, nestled within one of the most famous parks in the world, you will find the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland. 

Free to attend, you will find all sorts of fun activities, including the UK’s largest ice skating rink, fun family shows, and let’s not forget, endless stalls of crafts and treats to keep you occupied for hours on end. 

The festivities start on the 21 of November and run until the 5th of January 2020, so you have lots of time to take advantage of this famous market. If you are looking forward to a certain event, we recommend booking tickets in advance, as popular attractions tend to sell out quickly. 

If you are looking for somewhere to stay in the area, you can book your stay at The Milestone Hotel or The Gore – London, which are both within walking distance of Hyde Park and are ideal for a luxurious city break. 

Carousel at Winter Wonderland in London

George Square Christmas Market, Glasgow

To improve your chances of seeing a market under a blanket of snow, head up to Glasgow for their famous George Square Christmas Market. 

There are many things that make this market amazing, but the best feature is most certainly the 15-meter Christmas tree found in the heart of the market for all to enjoy. At the end of the day, you might find yourself at one of the traditional German bars enjoying a beverage or hot mulled wine before heading back to your hotel. 

If you love the idea of a Glasgow Christmas market but aren’t sold on staying in the city centre, The Sherbrooke Castle Hotel is the perfect choice. The hotel is a short 10-minute journey from the city and is the perfect balance of comfort and luxury. 

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

From the 16th of November to the 4th of January, Edinburgh will be hosting a traditional Christmas market in East Princess Street Gardens, as well as the Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar, a two-floor bar on the Mound that will serve cocktails and whiskeys to visitors. This market is a great option for a couple’s weekend getaway or anyone looking for a fun city break with friends. 

To complete your trip to the Edinburgh Christmas Markets, be sure to book your stay at the Market Street Hotel, where old town character meets contemporary design in the heart of the Scottish capital. 

Bath Christmas Market 

The holiday markets can be picturesque no matter what setting you find them in, but adding the stunning city of Bath as the backdrop of this award-winning market makes it extra special. 

Considered to be one of the best markets in the UK, it runs for 18 days, from the 28th of November to the 15th of December. With over 150 huts, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you’ll even have the option to do some crafts if you are looking for a hand-made gift for a special someone. 

Ready to book your stay? The Abbey Hotel in Bath is steps away from the cities biggest attractions and will be the perfect place to relax and warm up after you spend the day Christmas shopping.

People browsing at Bath Christmas Market

Southbank Centre Winter Festival, London

Our list would not be complete without mentioning the Southbank Centre Winter Festival in London. With views of St. Pauls Cathedral and the River Thames, this market is one of our personal favourites. 

This market is free to attend and is one of the longest-running markets on our list, starting the 8th of November and running until the first week in January. One of the highlights will be a musical, puppet version of Black Beauty that you can attend after grabbing a snack at one of the numerous food stalls. 

To ensure you make the most out of stay, you can book the Bermondsey Square Hotel, which is walking distance from the market and other incredible London attractions.

Let’s not forget…

The Christmas markets listed above are only a few of the delightful markets you can attend throughout the UK. If you’d like to discover more incredible markets, be sure to check out the Leeds Christkindelmarkt, The Victorian Christmas Festival, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market or the Belfast Christmas Market. 

You can also take a look at some of our seasonal break offers to help get you into the festive spirit.