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If you need some Christmas gift inspiration pay a visit to one of the many Christmas Markets taking place all over the U.K. this festive season. You will find top quality food and drink, arts and crafts, hand-made and unique gifts on offer. There is entertainment for all the family as well as an array of seasonal refreshments on offer to tempt you. Check out our favourite locations here:

European Christmas Market, Edinburgh, 16th November 2018 – 5th January 2019

Taking place across Princes Street Gardens East and the Mound Precinct Edinburgh’s you will find traditional Scottish produce alongside European style stalls. Shop for Christmas gifts, decorations and ornaments before taking a refreshment break which might include the traditional Scottish whiskey drink “Glayva”. Ride the Santa Train, get yourself lost in the Christmas Tree Maze or experience Silent Light – your chance to dance under 60,000 lights to synchronised music heard only through headphones.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, 15th November – 23rd December

The opening of the Christmas market coincides with the big switch on of the city’s Christmas lights. Enjoy a mug of Glühwein and a bratwurst at one of the numerous food and drink stalls. The Bandstand hosts a daily programme of entertainment with local group and choirs taking centre stage on weekends. Shop for decorations and gifts including hand-crafted jewellery. Head to Eastside City Park for the Ice Rink and Big Wheel. Take advantage of special discounts on offer on Family Day which takes place on 9th December.

Bristol Christmas Markets, 30th November – 23rd December

Bristol’s Local Christmas Market takes place in the pedestrianised Broadlands area of the city. The theme of the market this year is “Made in Bristol”. The best of local independent traders will be offering handmade and unique gifts and decorations. The Harbourside Market opens on 24th November for 4 weekends and hosts a street food square offering cuisine from all over the world as well as live music and stalls showcasing produce from local small businesses.

Nottingham Winter Wonderland, 15th November – 31st December 

Nottingham’s Old Market Square transforms into an Ice Rink for the festive period. Skating is suitable for all ages from 4 and up and skaters are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. There are several bars to choose from including the Ice Bar, complete with Ice Sculptures. There is an extensive programme of live entertainment on offer in and around the Sur La Piste apres-ski style bar area. Shoppers can browse over 70 stalls for food, drink and gifts, including produce from many local traders.

Manchester Christmas Markets, 9th November – 22nd November

Manchester hosts not just one Christmas Market but several, spanning from Cathedral Gardens to Albert Square and all easily accessible by tram. Food on offer here has a truly European flavour with Spanish Paella, Hungarian Goulash and Hog Roast on offer alongside the traditional German Bratwurst. There are over 300 stalls in total providing a fantastic shopping experience whether you are searching for gifts or looking to treat yourself!

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London 23rd November 2018 – 6th January 2019

The big attractions here get booked up early so make sure you book in advance for the Rollercoaster, Observation Wheel, Ice Rink and Ice Shows. Visit the Bavarian Village for some traditional food, drink and entertainment. Book a table in the Almhütte for an authentic Oktoberfest experience. Santa Land has rides suitable for younger children as well as the 45m Ice Slide and Ice Trike Trail. Visit the elves working in Santa’s Toy Factory and then see Santa himself in his grotto.

 


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