Hello everyone, I hope you’re all doing well and have enjoyed your week so far! ☺ I haven’t done much as my mum and I haven’t left the house for a week as 1) it’s been very cold outside and 2) my dad has been working doubles (he’s the only one that can drive) which means he’s been leaving the house earlier than usual (about 7:30am) so he can get home before 9pm, so we’ve had no way of actually going into town as the trains have been very temperamental and unreliable so we would be stuck for hours after the shops have closed with nothing to do, so we’ve just stayed in and started looking on the internet for Christmas presents!
Speaking of Christmas, I thought as it’s not that far away, something that gets enjoyed by many is Christmas markets, they’re not only helpful for shopping for presents but they can also be magical (depending on where you go), for me ~ they help me get into the festive spirit and excited for Christmas, and I thought I would inform you of the markets and the dates of when they start ☺
Christmas Markets In The U.K.
Bristol Christmas Market
Come and celebrate the festive season at Bristol Christmas Market, where you’ll find more than 50 beautifully decorated chalets selling seasonal delights, crafts, and unique items, which are perfect for those hunting for that special Christmas gift.
Where: Broadmead Shopping Centre, Bristol
Date: 8 Nov 2019 – 23 Dec 2019
Portsmouth Christmas Market
Delicious hot food will be served such as freshly made churros from Papi Churros, wok-fried noodles and Oriental Cuisine, Carvery, German sausages, traditional pie and mash, plus more, but not only will drinks and food be available at Portsmouth Christmas Market, there is also a selection of personalized stockings and Christmas decorations, Christmas trees, and more, it’s the perfect place to shop for Christmas goodies!
Where: Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 1EA
Date: 16th November 2019 – 29th December 2019
Kingston Christmas Market
Throughout the traditional wooden cabins, discover a treasure trove of unique and handmade giftware, perfect for stocking fillers and unusual gifts. You’ll find bars serving up steaming mugs of mulled wine and classic street-food, plus a live entertainment stage, a fire pit for toasting marshmallows and a vintage carousel for the little ones.
Where: All Saints Church, Surrey, Greater London
Date: 15th November to 31st December
Winchester Cathedral Market
Winchester and Winchester Christmas Market is a must-visit destination for all those wishing to experience a traditional Christmas. The city justly claims to be England’s Christmas Capital and its Cathedral is at the heart of the festivities with a stunning Christmas Market and real Ice Rink dominating its beautiful and historic Close.
Where: The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS
Date: 21st November to 22nd December 2019
The annual Christkindelmarkt German Christmas Market will open its doors, transforming Millennium Square once again into a festive wonderland. The family-friendly market will be boasting over 40 traditionally decorated wooden chalet stalls featuring handcrafted toys, jewelry, festive decorations, and authentic German delicacies, along with the ever-popular Christmas Carousel and other themed children’s rides.
Where: Millennium Square, Leeds
Date: 8th November – 21st December 2019
Oxford Christmas Market
With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colorful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air – a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.
Where: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS
Date: 5th December – 21st December 2019
Chester Christmas Market
A handmade, historical, magical experience awaits you with over 70 traditional wooden chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city center. Discover unique, locally made products with handmade crafts, jewelry, accessories, and stocking fillers, you’re sure to find the perfect presents in Chester!
Where: 33 Northgate St, Chester CH1 2HQ
Date: 16th November – 22nd December 2019
Canterbury Christmas Market
With more than 70 festively decorated stalls and 2 craft and produce areas, the Christmas Market in beautiful, historic Canterbury is a go-to destination for Christmas shopping.
Where: Whitefriars Shopping Centre and St George’s Street, Canterbury
Date: 22nd November to 24th December 2019
Glasgow Christmas Market
Enjoy double the fun as St Enoch’s Square and George Square play host to the Christmas Market. Just one of the many events on as part of the Glasgow Loves Christmas seasonal campaign. Browse for that special gift, soak in the atmosphere, enjoy a ride on the carousel or a slide down the helter-skelter and after all that shopping, take a break in one of our authentic German bars where many continental and local beverages are on offer.
Where: St Enoch Square and Georges Square, Glasgow
Date: St Enoch Square: 9th November to 22nd December 2019
George Square: 24th November to 29th December 2019
Belfast Christmas Market
Visit over 90 beautiful wooden chalets and drink in the atmosphere as you make your way around this festive village featuring food, crafts, entertainment, and two bars, then take a break from the busy walkways in our food court with bench-style seating.
Where: City Hall, Northern Ireland, Belfast
Date: 16th November to 22nd December 2019
Liverpool Christmas Market
Experience a traditional Christmas market, with all the sights and wonderful smells of Christmas. 60 stalls and 3 outdoor German-style bars.
Where: Liverpool ONE, Liverpool
Date: 16th November – 23rd December 2019
Manchester Christmas Market
Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city center firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.
Where: Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB
Date: 9th November – 22nd December 2019
York Christmas Festival
Take a leisurely stroll along St Nicholas Fair and soak up the festive atmosphere, as you discover fine Yorkshire produce from crafters and makers showcased at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. If you’re looking for more traditional Christmas gifts, don’t forget to wander amongst the many alpine chalets on Parliament Street.
Where: 7 St Sampsons Square, York YO1 8QT
Date: 14th November 2019 – 22nd December 2019
I hope this is helpful to you in remembering when the markets open if you do decide to go to one!
Enjoy the rest of your week ☺