We can't say which is the BEST Christmas Market because they're all great in different ways, but we can give you a great list to look at and think about visiting. There's no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than visiting a Xmas Market.
Dates: 7th November - 31st December 2023
Every festive season, Nottingham undergoes a magical transformation into a Christmas Winter Wonderland. This enchanting period includes a fantastic ice rink, a thrilling helter-skelter, and ca harming snowy alpine ski lodges. The heart of the wonderland is a wonderful Christmas market boasting around 70 wooden stalls encircling a majestic Christmas tree that you'll want your photo taken with.
Dates: 2nd November - 24th December 2023
The 'Frankfurt Market', nestled in Birmingham's city center, stands as one of the largest German Christmas markets held outside of Germany or Austria! Spanning across Birmingham's main squares, it offers the finest place in the United Kingdom to savor an authentic bratwurst paired with some warm gluhwein. What could be better?
Dates: 7th - 10th December 2023
Stratford-upon-Avon is a magical setting for a Christmas market with a historical twist - the town undergoes a Victorian winter wonderland transformation. Stalls come alive with vendors donning lace bonnets and adhesive sideburns, accompanied by a traditional fairground and a schedule packed with entertainment. If you're looking for something a bit different, look no further.
Dates: 11th November - 22nd December 2023
The Manchester Christmas markets extend across the entire city centre, from Victoria to Deansgate, even encompassing The Winter Gardens in Piccadilly Gardens. Manchester's Market is known for its walkability, and with a German sausage and mulled wine in hand, you'll have the energy to explore eveerything it has to offer.
Dates: 18th November - 24th December
Newcastle's Christmas market is a delight for the entire family. With local vendors selling fantastic gifts and products, and breweries with the farmer's market, it also offers a Santa's Grotto where Santa Claus himself(!) is regularly spotted. If you're near the North of England - you're THAT bit closer to the North Pole and the feeling of Christmas!
Dates: 17th November 2023 - 1st January 2024
This expansive Christmas market offers an array of attractions, including an ice-skating rink, an ice kingdom, a towering Ferris wheel, thrilling rides, an icy slide, an ice sculpting workshop, and a wide selection of food and drink stalls. Loads of fun for everyone!
Dates: 23rd November - 10th December 2023
Bath's Christmas market draws tens of thousands of tourists over a two-week period each year. As one of Europe's most enchanting festive markets, it features over 150 craft and food stalls lining the beautiful Georgian streets that makes Bath famous. It's a lovely area of the country and a memorable place for a Christmas market.
Dates: 9th November - 23rd December 2023
Cardiff's Christmas market predominantly showcases locally crafted items from local businesses, including things that are local to Wales. The market offers traditional Christmas delights, including mulled wine, twinkling fairy lights, and a nearby Winter Wonderland complete with an ice rink. It's definitely a good one to kick-off Christmas!
Dates: 17th November 20223 - 6th January 2024
Edinburgh, the magical Scottish capital, is enchanting throughout the year, but a Yuletide visit is an absolute must. Edinburgh's Christmas markets, located in East Princes Street Gardens, provide a splendid backdrop for enjoying a hearty hog roast and sipping hot cider, which will certainly help warm you up if you're lucky enough to get a smattering of snow!
The Lincoln Christmas Market 2023 event is ... AXED THIS YEAR, by the City of Lincoln Council. It's typically the first weekend in December, depending how the year falls.
It's been running for 40 years and is hugely successfully with more than a quarter of a million visitors annually, and is famous nationwide as one of the best in the country. People travel from far and wide to visit Lincoln for this annual festive event.
Lincoln Xmas Market is one of the biggest and best Christmas Markets in the UK, conveniently located in the centre of England - it's certainly in the Top 10 Best Christmas Markets UK. Well, it was...
It wasn't in the Council's interest and it was hard work for them.
Despite huge objections and the majority wanting the market to continue, it was their decision to make, and they axed it.
We hope with the huge negative financial impact it will have on the city, they may re-instate it in future years. Only time will tell.
ENTRANCE IS FREE - what you spend on food, drink and beautiful gifts is an entirely different matter!
The cost to enter the Lincoln Christmas Market is free in general, on some years there's been a small cost to access the Bishops Palace which is run by English Heritage and the charge helps towards the maintenance of the site, however, it is unclear if this area will form part of the market this year because it is currently undergoing a large conservation/restoration project.
There are many market stalls are located within Lincoln Castle, and entry to the castle is also FREE. In previous years the Castle has offered a Illuminated Wall Walk which does have an entrance fee. Visit the Lincoln Castle events page nearer the time for information and booking options. It's well worth doing!
You'll definitely need to bring cash as there's so many fantastic gifts, food, drink and activities. Many stall holders will have card machines but as you'd expect, many operate on cash only.
There is a charge for the Markets park-and-ride which varies on day, passenger age and other factors.
Read more about the Entry cost to the Lincoln Christmas Market here.
The Lincolnshire Showground can be found on a Google map here or using their postcode in your sat nav (LN2 2NA). Please gate 1, there is ample parking for all size vehicles.
There is no parking in the vicinity of the Christmas Market so all cars should use the dedicated Christmas Market Park and Ride service which operates from the Lincolnshire Showground on the A15 just north of Lincoln. The park and ride site will be well sign posted on all approach roads and for those using a sat nav the postcode is LN1 2ZF (but please remember to follow directions/signs when approaching the venue). There is also a dedicated service for people with disabilities, using specially adapted vehicles which also runs from the showground. All buses drop off close to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
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