If the thought of busy high street shopping leaves you feeling less than festive, how about doing your Christmas shopping in style this year? These top Christmas markets offer a unique shopping experience that is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. Live music, cookery demos, fireworks, ice rinks and visits from Santa are the order of the day. Plan an outing to one of these festive events and you’ll have completed your shopping list before you know it. You have until 30 November to take your pick!
Make your Christmas shopping stress-free this year by combining it with a winter break. You can take your time finding the perfect presents for your nearest and dearest, and then retreat to your private holiday rental. There are plenty to choose from on Holiday Lettings, from romantic boltholes to family-friendly homes.
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As the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a huge range of goodies. Pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts and roasted almonds will tempt your tastebuds, all of which can be washed down with gluhwein, weissbier (wheat beer) or creamy hot chocolate.
Book a rental nearby to make the most of this shopping extravaganza and the live music programme on Victoria Square. And whilst you’re here, why not pick up some presents for your family and friends? Choose from handcrafted wooden decorations, lovingly-made leatherwork, unique toys and much, much more.
This North Yorkshire town’s traditional Christmas market is filled with stalls selling the best of locally produced food, crafts and gifts. Taste the fresh pies, Wensleydale cheeses, home-made fruit cakes and hot pork rolls or try the preserves, chocolates or more exotic wares on display. Several stalls are run by local Knaresborough folk, so take your time and soak up the community atmosphere as you browse.
Adding to the lively ambience, there’ll be a variety of performers and music to suit all ages. The market will close on Sunday at 4.30pm with a spectacular firework display near the Castle grounds, set against the dramatic backdrop of the famous viaduct and the Nidd Gorge. Make the most of your visit and book a stay at a rental nearby. This picturesque town might become one of your favourite spots for a relaxing break!
Nestled between the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey you’ll find over 200 decorated wooden chalets selling local artwork, gifts, festive food and drink, bespoke decorations, jewellery and much, much more. Soak up the festive sights, smells and sounds as you wander through the picturesque Georgian streets and squares.
Immerse yourself in this magical festive shopping experience and you’ll be sure to find the perfect present for friends and family (or perhaps even a little something to treat yourself!). And when you book a rental, you’ll have plenty of time to visit Bath’s fantastic attractions, such as the rooftop spa and the Jane Austen Centre.
Edinburgh is the place to be for Christmas shopping this winter. Princes Street Gardens Christmas Market is packed full of entertainment including the Santa Train, Big Wheel, Star Flyer and Christmas Tree Maze! It’s sure to keep the whole family entertained and get everyone into the festive spirit. Pick up locally-made Christmas goodies and don’t forget to treat yourself to a mulled wine while you’re at it!
This Scottish city is perfect for a winter break with the family or a romantic pre-Christmas stay. And with rentals to suit all tastes and budgets, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
This free-to-attend event attracts tens of thousands of people to the picturesque fishing town of Padstow. There’ll be appearances from celebrity chefs, live music, a lantern parade, Santa’s grotto, a carol concert and fireworks display.
The popular Christmas Market will house an eclectic array of crafts, gifts and artwork, and a tempting selection of locally-produced food ranging from artisan breads and cakes to chocolate, meats, cheeses and preserves. Award-winning craft gin producer Tarquin’s is a festival favourite, along with the Sharp’s Brewery Secret Bar.
Newcastle’s shops are a haven for Christmas present hunters come November. Arts and crafts fairs, and vintage and designer fairs, take place every Saturday, with special Sunday openings in December. International Christmas market traders from around the world will be bringing their traditional food and Christmas gifts to Grey’s Monument, Grey Street and Grainger Street.
As well as tasty treats and gorgeous gifts, the farmer’s market on Friday 15 December will be showcasing some of the finest produce in the region. Why not buy some fresh veg and organic meat and cook up a Christmas feast back at your private holiday rental?
Naturally North Coast & Glens Market is a social enterprise that brings Christmas markets to local communities each year. The Christmas Tour for 2017 includes the Ballymoney Christmas Market on Friday 1 December, the Ballycastle Christmas Market on Sunday 3 December, the Roe Valley Speciality Market on Saturday 16 December and a new Market this year in Ballymena on 21 – 23 December.
The markets provide the perfect platform for local producers to showcase their talents and products. Each hosts a variety of artisan traders selling a wide range of hand-crafted goods from local artists and designers, and the finest foodstuffs from speciality food producers.
Since its humble beginnings with 11 stalls, Lincoln Christmas Market has grown into one of the best Christmas markets in the UK with over 200 stalls. This historic city with its 2,000 years of history, gothic cathedral and pretty cobbled streets, is the perfect setting for a present-hunting holiday.
As well as the market, there’ll be cultural entertainment with a festive feel to get you in the Christmas spirit. So, there’s no time like the present (pun intended!); book a break at a beautiful holiday rental in Lincoln today.
Kicking off at 2pm, this is a Christmas event with (jingle) bells on. At 5.30pm there’ll be a children’s lantern parade and then, at 7.45pm, a dazzling fireworks display that will leave you awestruck. Apart from the festive stalls, many shops stay open later, and the town’s bars and restaurants will also be feeling the Christmas spirit.
If you want to take part in the lantern parade, there’s a free children’s workshop in the arc shopping centre from 3.15pm – 4.30pm. So why not treat your family to a stay in Bury St Edmunds this Christmas?
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this Victorian-themed fair has over 200 stalls. From beautiful jewellery and home decorations to traditional roast chestnuts and warming mulled wine, the range of festive goodies at this market is huge.
The joyful choir, instrumental performances and magical dance displays are sure to get you into Christmas mode, whilst the juggling Victorian-themed stilt walkers will have kids enthralled. There’s also a traditional carousel, guaranteed to put a smile on anyone’s face. And to top it all off, Worcester has some fantastic rentals that will make you think Christmas has come early!
Experience a Medieval Christmas in the stunning setting of Ludlow Castle. There’ll be comedy, theatre, swashbuckling sword fights, live music and much more festive entertainment! Christmas shopping will be as easy as mince pie, as you’ll have over 100 stalls stacked with seasonal wares to choose from. And, if you’re in need of a little refreshment, warm up with a mulled wine or spiced cider.
Ludlow is full of independent shops and delicatessens, so you can shop all week in this pretty market town. Book a rental to make the most of your Christmas shopping experience.
With over 70 traditional wooden chalets situated in the heart of Chester, shoppers are in for a treat at Chester Christmas Market. The twinkling Christmas tree and the smell of hot chocolate adds to the atmosphere and is sure to get everyone feeling festive. There’s an abundance of Christmas gifts, regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery and stocking fillers available, so picking the perfect presents will be a walk in the park.
Chester has plenty of fantastic rentals to choose from, so forget overcrowded high street shopping this year. Book a stay in Chester for a magical Christmas shopping experience.