20 of the Best Christmas Markets UK 2020
Throw on your most colourful Christmas jumper and your warmest winter coat and browse the charming stalls at a traditional Christmas market. There are a few better ways to embrace the festive spirit than to potter around a Christmas market, eating roasted chestnuts and sipping mulled wine. With so many festive markets to choose from, here is our list of the top 20 Christmas markets to visit on your camping trip this December.
1. Bath Christmas Market
Where: Bath Abbey, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1LT
What: With over 150 twinkling chalets, Bath Christmas Market is an award-winning event sprawled out across Bath’s cobbled Georgian streets. Returning for 18 days of fantastic festivities, Bath’s Christmas Market exhibits the very best of local business. With bespoke gifts, handcrafted jewellery and artisan homeware, you are bound to find something special for your loved ones.
2. Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
Where: Birmingham City Centre, Birmingham, B1 1BD
What: Boasting over 180 stalls selling a wide variety of festive gifts and treats, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria. Lasting over six weeks, this Christmas Market ensures you have plenty of time to visit and pick up a gift or two for your family and friends.
3. Bristol Christmas Market
Where: Bristol City Centre, Broadmead, Bristol, BS1 3DX
What: Home to over 50 unique stalls, Bristol’s Christmas Market offers locals the chance to celebrate the festive season and buy seasonal delights, crafts and unique gifts. Take a seat on the heated seats, have a drink and watch live music in the Jager Barn Bar, or pay a special visit to Santa and his reindeer.
4. Canterbury Christmas Market
Where: Whitefriars, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2TF
What: Returning for its biggest and best year yet, the Canterbury Christmas Market is aiming to be the most dog-friendly Christmas market in the UK. Bring the whole family, including your four-legged friend, for a fantastic evening of festive shopping and warming winter drinks. Pay a visit to the Grotto to meet jolly old Santa and his friendly team of elves.
5. Chatsworth House Christmas Market
Where: Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1PP
When: 13th November – 1st December 2020
What: Hosted in the grounds of one of England’s most recognisable landmarks, the Chatsworth House Christmas market is surrounded by over 100 acres of parkland designed by world-renowned landscaper designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. With over 100 stalls offering bespoke gifts, festive decorations and cockle-warming food, this Christmas market offers an unforgettable family day out.
6. Cheltenham Christmas Market
Where: Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1PJ
What: Housed in over 40 rustic wooden chalets on Cheltenham’s famous tree-lined Promenade, the Cheltenham Christmas Market brings infectious festive spirit to this charming market town. Showcasing Gloucestershire’s best locally-sourced food and drink, this Christmas market also offers a wide range of Christmas gifts, cards and crafts.
7. Chester Christmas Market
Where: Town Hall Square, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2HJ
What: Located in the heart of a cobbled Roman city, the Chester Christmas Markets is home to over 70 traditional wooden chalets. With a twinkling tree towering above the bustling shoppers below, the Chester Christmas Market has an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including local produce, crafts and unique stocking fillers.
8. Christmas Market at Leeds Castle
Where: Leeds Castle, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL
When: Weekends only from 28th November – 20th December 2020
What: Visit the Christmas market on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the spectacular castle and you won’t be disappointed. Meet the reindeer and watch the birds of prey before enjoying fairground attractions, craft, food and gift stalls. Take a ride on the Victorian carousel or the big wheel for breath-taking views of the castle.
9. Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market
Where: Exeter Cathedral Green, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1HS
What: Entering its eighth consecutive year, the Exeter Christmas Market’s unique location and high quality exhibitors has cemented its status as one of the best festive events in the UK. Featuring a diverse selection of personalised gifts, unique crafts and locally-sourced food, this Christmas market attracts over 600,000 visitors each year. Take a seat at one of the Bavarian bars, in the shadow of Exeter Cathedral and sip on a warm and fragrant mulled wine.
10. Harrogate Christmas Market
Where: St Mary's Walk, Harrogate, Yorkshire, HG1 2RZ
When: 12th – 15th November 2020
What: Held on The Stray in the historic Montpellier Quarter, the Harrogate Christmas Market is teeming with high quality Yorkshire products and locally-sourced produce. With over 200 stalls selling everything from Yorkshire cheese to handmade Christmas decorations, this Christmas market also features Santa’s Grotto with real reindeer.
11. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
Where: Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
What: Arguably the landmark event on London’s Christmas calendar, Winter Wonderland takes over London’s largest Royal Park during the festive season. Entry into Winter Wonderland is free, however you may want to book in advance for one of the many attractions, including the Giant Wheel, A Christmas Carol, retold by snow and ice sculptures and Paddington on Ice.
12. Inverness Winter Wonderland
Where: Whin Park, Inverness, Scotland, IV3 5TH
What: Set in Whin Park, beside the winding River Ness that runs through the heart of the city, Inverness Winter Wonderland has become one of Scotland’s must-visit Christmas events. Meet Santa and his reliable reindeer, wander through the beautifully lit trees and take a ride on the thrilling fairground rides.
13. Oxford Christmas Market
Where: Broad Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3AS
When: 3rd December – 20th December 2020
What: Hosted on Broad Street, in the centre of this historic city, Oxford Christmas Market is renowned as one of the UK’s best Christmas events. Listen to the sound of singing choirs, smell the spiced aroma of mulled wine and browse the wooden stalls for bespoke gifts for loved ones.
14. Perth International Christmas Market
Where: High Street, Perth, Perth and Kinross, PH2 1SF, Scotland
What: The historic Scottish city of Perth will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland when a diverse array of international food and craft traders set up their wooden chalets this winter. Running from mid-November into early December, the Perth International Christmas Market is one of Scotland’s best festive events.
15. Plymouth Christmas Market
Where: Armada Way, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 1EE
What: Running from the 28th November to 19th December, Plymouth Christmas Market boasts log cabins selling individual and unique Christmas gifts from handmade jewellery and clothing, to artwork and homewares. With traders travelling from all over the South-West, Plymouth city centre will be festooned with fairy lights and festive cheer.
16. Salisbury Christmas Fayre
Where: Guildhall Square, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 1JH
What: Hosted on the cobbled market square in the historic county town of Wiltshire, Salisbury Christmas Market is home to over 75 rustic chalets offering everything from delicious locally-sourced food to the finest handmade Christmas crafts. With live music, street performances and an ice rink, Salisbury Christmas Market is the perfect place to embrace the festive season.
17. St Albans Christmas Charter Market
Where: High Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 4ED
What: Running every day in the week leading up to Christmas, the St Albans Christmas Charter Market hosts festively dressed stalls, silly outfits and cheerful carollers. Browse the various stalls, chat to friendly traders and find the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one.
18. Windermere Christmas Celebration
Where: Victoria Street, Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 1AE
When: 12th – 13th December 2020
What: Entering its fourth consecutive year, the Windermere Christmas Celebration is the Lake District’s must-visit Christmas event. Strap on your skates and take to Windermere’s brand new ice rink, or browse the stalls selling the best produce that Cumbria has to offer.
19. Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre
Where: Cathedral Square, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2QE
When: 3rd - 6th December 2020
What: The Victorian Fayre has been a firm favourite on the festive calendar since it began in 1992. The Fayre now welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year but stays true to its roots with Victorian themed characters, festive treats, delicious street food and a wonderful atmosphere. With over 200 stalls filling Worcester’s historic streets selling all sorts of delightful Christmas goodies, handmade items, local produce and not forgetting the extremely tempting international street food.
20. York's St Nicholas Fayre
Where: Parliament Street, York, Yorkshire, YO1 8RS
When: 12th November – 20th December 2020
What: From mid-November until Christmas Eve, St Nicholas Fair will fill the streets of York with festive wooden chalets and twinkling lights. Winner of the Best Large Speciality Market, York’s St Nicholas Fayre sells unique jewellery, homewares, crafts and lots of locally-sourced food.
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*Please note that the distance between the event and the nearest open Club Site may vary. Always check travel times to the event from the nearest Club SIte before booking.