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Christmas market breaks have become an extremely popular way of enjoying the festive period, allowing holidaymakers to explore different cities, picking up a few special treats for their loved ones along the way.

Festive markets may have their origins in Germany and France, but in recent times they’ve become such a fixture of Christmas celebrations in the UK that the season to be jolly doesn’t really feel like it’s started until you can enjoy the smell of gluhwein and gingerbread! So as towns and cities around the country open their Christmas markets, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best Christmas Markets to visit in 2021.

Birmingham

4th November to 23rd December

Billed as the biggest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria, visitors to Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market can anticipate plenty of traditional German goodies, such as bratwurst, schnitzels, pretzels and stollen. And after washing down with a warm mug of gluhwein, a stein of weissbier, or hot chocolate, you’ll be ready to trawl the stalls for gifts of traditional toys, decorations and ornaments.

Find out more – https://www.thebfcm.co.uk/

Bristol

5th November to 23rd December

Returning to Broadmead in the heart of Bristol City Centre, there will be over 50 stalls selling seasonal gifts, crafts and plenty more trinkets. Foodies will get their fill thanks to the wide array of delicious treats on offer from traditional Bratwurst to crepes and churros. Other highlights include private igloo pods you can hire, live music from local musicians, and even appearances from Santa and his reindeer.

Find out more – https://bristolchristmasmarket.com/

Lincoln

2nd to 5th December

The cathedral city’s Christmas Market is one of the UK’s longest running, starting in 1982 with just 11 stalls. With over 2,000 years of history, the city’s medieval square set between the Norman castle and Gothic cathedral provides the impressive location for the festive Market now boasting over 250 stalls with traders in Victorian attire offering a wide range of seasonal food and drinks and an array of gifts and stocking fillers.

Find out more – https://www.lincoln-christmasmarket.co.uk/

Liverpool

12th November to 23rd December

Liverpool’s market will be spread across St Johns Gardens, William Brown Street and the North Entrance of St Georges Hall. There will be plenty of stalls selling gifts and food, rides and games for the kids, and highlights such as the Big Wheel and a snow slide. Adults will also want to check out the variety of bars with themes including ski and a Bavarian Bar where you can sample German beers.

Oh, and keep an eye out for the popular Yorkshire Pud Wrap stall!

Find out more – https://www.visitliverpool.com/information/product-catch-all/liverpool-christmas-market-p444881

London – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

19th November to 3rd January

The huge Hyde Park hotspot is back complete with heaps of rides, games, attractions and more. Families can enjoy a day out including a stint on the ice skating rink, a trip to the ‘Magical Ice Kingdom’ and then tuck into festive treats, while adults may also want to enjoy a tipple or two at the ice bar! Visits will need to be pre-booked.

Find out more – https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

Manchester

12th November – 22nd December

Regarded as one of the UK’s largest Christmas markets, this award-winning festive event can be counted on to draw thousands of visitors to follow the merry market trail to the myriad 300-plus stalls and chalets. In 2019 Manchester boasted eight citywide locations. This year’s locations are yet to be confirmed although Albert Square, normally the main market hub, is currently closed. But visitors won’t miss out on the amazing food and drink on offer from European and local producers, such as Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or hearty hog roast.

Find out more – https://www.visitmanchester.com/

Stratford Upon Avon

9th to 12th December

The town’s Victorian Christmas Market is back for 2021. Stall holders don their best Victorian costumes, there’s live entertainment including a traditional funfair and carousel.

Head to Waterside, Bridge Street, Henley Street, High Street and Meer Street, where you’ll find the stalls and festivities, while those looking for food and drink to replenish their energy will want to head to the pop-ups on Wood Street.

Find out more – https://www.stratford.gov.uk/markets/stratford-upon-avon-victorian-christmas-market.cfm

Each of the Christmas markets in the UK starts and ends at different times, meaning you can even visit more than one if you wish! Most of them end in the days leading up to Christmas Eve, however, some continue into the New Year, allowing you to prolong your festive celebrations.

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