The UK’s top 5 Christmas Markets

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With less than 2 weeks until Christmas, you've still got time to embrace the festive season!
Wherever you are in the UK, or even abroad, make sure a UK Christmas market is on your
festive list of things to do. 

Here in the Urbane Brix office, we’ve had a serious team discussion to put together our top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK.

1. Manchester – 10th November to 21st December

Considering the majority of the Urbane Brix team are from Manchester, doesn’t make us bias at all…ok, so only a little bit!  But believe us when we say that the Manchester Christmas markets are now legendary, with people travelling from all over the country to visit.

Each year the markets spread its Christmas cheer even further around the city. From its humble begins in Albert Square, the markets are now nestled all over the city – you can even do a walking tour eating and drinking your way around all the quaint wooden stalls. From speciality foods to globally sourced arts and crafts, the stalls will fulfil all your Christmas shopping needs.


2. Birmingham – 16th November to 24th December

Looking to gorge on German goodies such as Bratwurst, Gluhwien and Lebkuchen, then look no further than the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas markets- the largest German markets outside Germany.  Soak up the European atmosphere with a range of authentic stalls that will truly put you in the mood for a traditional Christmas.

3. Edinburgh - 14th November to 6th January

Looking for a highland themed Christmas experience? Then look no further than Edinburgh. Running all the way down the famous Princes Street, the market setting is truly impressive, with Edinburgh Castle looming above whilst you soak up the Christmas atmosphere.

Take an Ice Adventure through Frozen Scotland, ride on the giant Ferris wheel and sample all the local Scottish delicacy’s including the finest whiskey to the sugary sweetness of traditional Scottish tablet.

In the evening you’ll be in for a treat with some of Edinburgh Fringes finest; La Clique Noel. Expect comedy, cabaret and music for a night you won’t forget!


4. London – 17th November to 1st January

Obviously we couldn’t have a top 5 without including the biggest and glitziest Christmas Market in the country. London’s famous Winter Wonderland is certainly an extravagant affair, boasting a giant observation wheel, Zippos Circus and the Magical Ice Kingdom, amongst over 100 rides and over 200 stalls! You will definitely need a whole day to appreciate everything it has to offer. Be prepared for some serious festive cheer!


5. Rochester – 2nd and 3rd December

A bit of a wild card amongst the UK’s leading cities, Rochester is home to one of the most unique Christmas markets – the Dickensian Christmas Festival.  Taking place over only 2 days in December makes this market even more special.

Prepare to be transported back to the 1900s where Christmas was as quaint as a Victorian Christmas card. Take in the fairy-tale surroundings of the Cathedral and Castle while you shop for Victorian delights in the warm glow of candlelight.  Dickensian street performers, traditional carolers and even guaranteed snow make this a Christmas experience unlike anywhere else.


So wherever you are in the UK, or even abroad, make sure a UK Christmas market is on your festive list of things to do. Have your own favourite? Let us know!

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