Christmas Markets have become an integral part of the lead-up to Christmas. In the U.K, we’re incredibly lucky that there are so many different markets across the country. Although many festive favourites have sadly been cancelled due to restrictions, there are still some great markets to visit. Here are some of our favourites.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland – London
We couldn’t talk about Christmas markets without mentioning the most famous one. Winter Wonderland which takes place in Hyde Park, London is a great family fun event with ice skating, circuses, an observation wheel, different bars and so much more. A perfect place to visit for some festive fun, entry is free during off-peak times but will cost from £5-7.50 during peak hours. However, with this price you will get access to so much. This includes fairground rides, Santa Land where children can meet the big man himself, a German-style Bavarian Village and Bar Ice. There is so much for visitors to enjoy, you won’t know where to start. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland shuts its doors on the 3rd of January 2022.
Christmas Wonderland Lakeside – Grays
Lakeside’s Christmas Wonderland is completely free which makes it a perfect spot for anyone on a budget who stills wants to enjoy the lead-up to Christmas. Featuring Christmas markets, ice bars, an ice rink and fairground rides, although Lakeside’s Christmas Wonderland isn’t the biggest, it definitely won’t disappoint. With a variety of bars, plenty of market stalls and places for visitors to eat, everyone is catered for. Lakeside Christmas Wonderland is great for friends visiting together, young families or couples. Lakeside Christmas Wonderland closes on the 3rd of January 2022.
St Nicholas Fair – York
St Nicholas Fair almost transports back to the Victorian times, a true, quintessential Christmas market, making it essential for the Christmas spirit. York’s cobbled, old-age streets really make this market feel authentic. York’s Christmas Market is quite unique in its own way with the market stalls selling local Yorkshire produce such as different cheeses, wines, and some beautiful handmade crafts. It also has Christmas mini-golf and who wouldn’t want a go at that? With a range of festive street food, there’s something for everyone and it’s a great place to take the family. York’s St Nicholas Fair finishes on the 22nd of December 2021.
Winter Wonderland Nottingham – Nottingham
Similar to Hyde Park, each year Nottingham transforms into a Winter Wonderland, perfect to get you into the Christmas spirit. Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland features a fantastic ice rink, fairground rides including a helter-skelter, a brilliant Christmas market that features 70 stalls. Nottingham’s beautiful Christmas tree is also a sight to see, making a trip to Nottingham definitely worth it. This Christmas Market also features some snowy alpine ski lodges, a Helter Skelter bar and igloo village. Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland ends on the 31st of December 2021.
Edinburgh’s Christmas – Edinburgh
Known as one of the best Christmas markets in Europe, Edinburgh Christmas is a must for all those Christmas lovers out there. It is also the longest running market, ongoing since 1999! It’s no wonder that Edinburgh Christmas is one of the best markets. Attractions include fairground rides, Santa’s Grotto, winter windows and much more. There’s even a Christmas tree maze! This is the perfect day out for all the family as there is just so much to enjoy. It also features a Christmas market with lots of wonderful stalls to fill your Christmas needs. Edinburgh Christmas runs until the 4th of January 2022.
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