There is nothing more likely to get you in the festive spirit than taking a walk through your local Christmas market. From traditional German ‘villages’, to festive craft fairs with authentic stalls, there are plenty of choices to bring Christmas cheer to your festivities.
We’ve pulled together 10 of the best Christmas markets from across the UK, all of which are just a stone’s throw away from your local Chef & Brewer.
Birmingham has the largest German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, and it is a firm favourite with Brummies and visitors alike. Back for the 16th year, the market will run from 17 November, and for the first time, will stay open through to 29 December.
It offers traditional German delicacies, such as bratwurst and glühwein, alongside seasonal winter warmers, like mulled wine and hot chocolate. Visitors can also enjoy live music, and explore the neighbouring craft fair for handmade gifts and decorations.
After you’ve perused the different stalls and satisfied your craving for German beer, why not pop into your local Chef & Brewer? The Garden House, on the Hagley Road, is just around the corner, and is the perfect place to warm up from the cold.
In the heart of the capital city is Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the market will be open from 18 November until 2 January, offering festive fun for all ages. Whether you take a turn on the giant observation wheel or go for a spin on the ice skating rink, there are plenty of fun activities to enjoy - you can even visit the circus or the ice bar!
Nottingham’s festive market returns on Saturday 19 November for five weeks of festive fun. The ‘Old-England’ theme is back, with 50 attractive Victorian style cabins full of quality crafts, gifts and delicious food. There are also two winter bars and an ice rink for guests to enjoy a few hours skating under the stars.
On your way home, why not make a pit stop in the picturesque village of Wilford, to visit the Ferry Inn. Unwind by a crackling log fire and tuck in to our delicious festive menu.
Cheltenham’s Christmas market runs along The Promenade and has 40 stalls packed full of festive gifts and delicious delights.
Famed for its Scandinavian feasts, the market has a selection of food traders from all over the world, offering visitors plenty of choice. If Nordic dining isn’t your cup of tea, head to the Wheatstone Inn, on the outskirts of the city centre, for a festive feast, complete with all the trimmings.
The traditional Royal Leamington Spa Yuletide Fayre is held every Sunday from 20 November up until 18 December. Savour French and Italian cuisine, treat yourself to precious antiques, or simply explore the 100 different yuletide stalls. This fayre is guaranteed to get you in the festive mood.
Before you retire for the evening, why not pop into the White Lion. Situated in the picturesque village of Radford Semele, on the edge of Leamington Spa, it makes a perfect stop for a Christmas drink - or two!
Manchester’s annual Christmas market is world famous, with 10 different markets, each with a distinct character, dotted around the city centre. There are over 350 festive stalls for visitors to enjoy, with both international and local yuletide gifts on offer.
The market is open from 10 November until 20 December, and is a Mancunian winter staple.
With so much to see and do, why not stop off at the Didsbury pub, in the Manchester suburbs, and indulge in a seasonal British Hand-Carved Turkey? Let someone else worry about cooking, and just sit back and relax.
Nestled in the historic Cathedral Close, you can find plenty of unique treasures and delicious treats in this traditional Christmas market. Dubbed England’s Christmas capital, Winchester’s annual Christmas market is at the heart of the local festivities, and is a must-see for residents and visitors alike.
The market is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will run from 18 November until 20 December.
After you’ve perused all 100 of the quaint wooden chalets, pop into the Bridge Inn and enjoy some hot pub food to overcome the winter chill.
At Christmas, Cirencester is alive with festive activity. Alongside the beautiful Christmas lights and decorative tree, the annual Christmas market is accompanied by live music and carols from local community groups, creating a unique shopping experience for visitors. It’s also the perfect opportunity to enjoy local craftsmanship, with handmade jewellery, local art and freshly brewed cider.
On your way home, stop by the Cold Harbour pub and warm your frostbitten fingers on some mulled wine, next to a real log fire.
Every Christmas, Leeds’ Millennium Square transforms into a scenic winter village, inspired by Germany’s festive markets. Highlights from the Christkindlmarkt include the traditional carousel ride and the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery, which provides authentic German delicacies. The market returns on 11 November until 18 December, and is not to be missed.
Once you’ve had your dose of the festivities, retreat to the White House pub, just three miles from the city centre, for a relaxing meal beside a crackling fire.
Glasgow’s annual Christmas market is a global affair, with food traders from all over the world bringing traditional flavours for visitors to sample. Opening on the 10 November in St Enoch Square, in the heart of the city, the market is famed for its vibrant atmosphere and breadth of choice. There will be plenty of shopping opportunities for visitors, with stalls selling unusual arts, crafts and decorations.
After an evening exploring the winter stalls, head to the White Cart pub restaurant in Clarkston for its festive menu and cosy atmosphere.