This Christmas, Hyde Park will transform in a 24.000m2 Winter Wonderland site that will feature London’s greatest outdoor ice rink, a 50m giant observation wheel, thousands of Christmas lights, an authentic German Christmas Market, numerous cafes, bars, carol concerts and magnificent views of Hyde Park itself. The Christmas Market will be open on Mondays to Fridays from 11 am – 8pm and on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 10 am – 8pm and is decorated with a spectacular Christmas tree, traditional music and numerous wooden huts filled with original handicrafts.
Experience a traditional Victorian Christmas, with snow, carol singing, and Father Christmas at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Take a walk through a European style-shopping village with its traditional French Market. There will be a large cast of colourful Victorian characters including Queen Victoria, Scrooge and Mr.Bumble so you can get a good feel for the ghosts of Christmas past.
All around the world Christmas Markets are loved by everyone, with the little wooden chalets selling all sorts of goodies, from stocking fillers to that something extra special. Coupled with the magical atmosphere created by the unique fragrances of hot mulled wine and pine needles, this traditional Christmas market provides a great place to meet up with friends and family. With the famous Bath Abbey and Roman Baths providing an amazing backdrop to this event, you will know that the festive season has really arrived.
Experience one of Europe's largest Christmas Markets. Stall holders wear traditional Victorian costumes, and dress their stalls beautifully in an attempt to win the coveted Best Stall prize. There are almost 350 stalls, set in the grounds of the Castle and the Lawn, around the Cathedral, in Castle Hill and along Westgate. This Christmas Market is a fabulous event to get people into the festive mood. Visitors can buy anything from gifts for friends and family and sample local, national and international produce. Banish the Scrooge in you and get the whole family in the festive spirit this Christmas at the Lincoln Christmas market.
Each year North Shields’s Victorian Northumberland Square is transformed into a winter market and is the largest Victorian Christmas market in the north of England. With over 100 stalls selling traditional food, crafts and gifts whilst seasonal music and the warming smell of mulled wine drift over the square in the winter air. Many of the jolly stallholders dress in period costume and members of the local Chamber of Trade mingle with shoppers in their Victorian finery. For more info visit
Experience a little piece of Germany in the heart of Leeds. Over 40 traders from the City of Frankfurt set up stall for the annual Christkindelmarkt on Millennium Square. There's a great range of gifts on offer and the market is an ideal place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city centre shopping. Visitors can chase away the winter chills with a warming mug of Glühwein and a choice of German delicacies including Bratwurst, soups and roasted almonds. Speciality foods feature throughout the market; visitors will find Stollen, Candied Fruits, Ginger Bread houses, Christmas cookies and candies and even a butchery selling smoked German sausages and meats.
The Manchester Christmas Markets incorporate a traditional German Market, a European Market and an Arts and Crafts Market. Located in St Ann's Square, Albert Square and Exchange Street, the stalls sell a variety of crafts and traditional Christmas gifts. Not to be missed are the hot chestnuts, marzipan stollen and Gluwein stall.
With lots of colorful stalls from all over the UK, dozens of traders from mainland Europe, a varied collection of fairground attractions, some great on-stage entertainment and Bury's cosmopolitan town centre, it's a great day out. Extending from the historic Angel Hill and Athenaeum up to the town centre and into the Abbey Gardens, the Fayre also takes places in the Corn Exchange.
This market is located around the Cathedral and features 75-100 log chalet style stalls. The whole area is beautifully lit and the market will be accompanied by a programme of activities every evening outside and inside the Cathedral.
York offers a range of Christmas markets from mid-November right through till Christmas week. St Nicholas Fayre is York's biggest and most popular Christmas market. The market sells a mixture of arts and crafts, gifts and locally produced food and drink. York will also bring its first German Christmas Market to the city this year, selling traditional arts and crafts, along with seasonal food and drink.
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