Top 10 best Christmas markets in the U.K., RANKED

‘Tis (almost) the season! So, let’s get festive with the ten best Christmas markets in the U.K. you need to visit this year.

Originating in Germany in the late-Middle Ages, Christmas Markets have since spread throughout Europe and further afield, becoming a festive staple across the world.

Who doesn’t love browsing the beautifully decorated stalls displaying various products from foods to clothes, soaps to ornaments? The aroma of chocolate fills the air, frost nips your fingers, and it truly feels like Santa is on the way.

The U.K. is one country that boasts plenty of great Christmas markets that will be sure to get you feeling festive. So, whether you’re in England, Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, here are the best Christmas markets in the U.K.

10. Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland, Cardiff – for Christmas in Wales

Cardiff's Christmas Market offers a cosy welcome to the festive season.
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Kicking off our list of the best Christmas markets in the U.K. is Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland.

Lining the pedestrian streets of the Welsh capital, this festive market is filled with lights, traditional stalls selling food and crafts, and much more.

Address: Working St, Cardiff CF10 1BH

9. St Nicholas Christmas Fair, York – one of the U.K.’s most historic cities

York has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
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York is one English city that truly thrives during the festive season. Boasting alpine-style chalet stalls selling handmade gifts and tasty treats, this market is a true holiday delight.

Set in one of the U.K.’s most historic cities, the St Nicholas Christmas Fair is truly the icing on top of the cake (or star on top of the Christmas tree)!

Address: 7 St Sampsons Square, York YO1 8QT

8. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, Winchester – complete with an ice rink

Winchester Christmas Market boasts an ice rink and an electric atmosphere.
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Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is a traditional German market located on the grounds of the historic Winchester Cathedral.

Attracting over 350,000 visitors, you can make the most of the wooden chalet stalls and the covered ice rink.

Address: 9 The Cl, Winchester SO23 9LS

7. Leeds Christkindelmarkt, Leeds – a traditional German market

Leeds has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
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Situated in Leeds’ Millenium Square, the German-inspired Christkindelmarket hosts lots of stalls with German food and drinks, as well as craft stalls and a traditional Carousel.

Try out all the traditional German cuisine, including gluhwein, bratwursts, schnitzels, and more.

Address: Millennium Square, Leeds LS2 3AD

6. Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham – the largest authentic German Christmas market

Birmingham holds the biggest authentic German market outside of the country.
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Birmingham is known as one of the best places to live in the UK. Something else it’s known for though is the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market. It’s known as the ‘largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria’.

So, if you want to get a feel for the real deal, then head to Birmingham to soak up the festive atmosphere.

Address: Birmingham B1 1BD

5. Manchester Christmas Market, Manchester – one of the best Christmas markets in the U.K.

Manchester has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
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First opened in 1998, Manchester Christmas Market welcomes thousands of visitors to the city centre year after year.

Home to over 300 stalls, there is a wide array of gifts, crafts, food, toys, clothes, soaps, and more. Soak up the festive atmosphere, delicious aromas, and Christmas cheer in one of the U.K.’s most historic cities.

Address: Albert Square, Manchester M2 5DB

4. Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast – you can’t miss the Dutch pancakes

Check out the Dutch pancakes at Belfast Christmas Market.
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The grounds of Belfast City Hall come to life from late November with the arrival of festive stalls and vendors from all across the world.

Offering a vast array of cuisines, local businesses, and craft stalls, there is plenty to see and do here.

Address: Belfast City Hall, Donegall Square N, Belfast BT1 5GS

3. Bath Christmas Market, Bath – a historic city

Bath has one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
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Located in the city centre, Bath Christmas Market boasts over 130 chalet stalls lining the city’s quaint cobbled streets.

This is a truly immersive experience that winds its way through Bath’s historic streets. Plus, the iconic Bath architecture provides the perfect backdrop to this festive charade.

Address: Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY

2. Edinburgh Christmas Market, Edinburgh – a festive paradise

Edinburgh Christmas Market is a festive paradise.
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Located in Princes Street Gardens at the heart of Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Christmas Market is a bucket-list-worthy experience for sure.

With all the incredible food stalls, beer tents, fairground rides and more, there aren’t many places better to get into the festive spirit than the Scottish capital.

Address: Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2HG

1. Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London – a must add to the festive bucket list

Hyde Park offers one of the best Christmas markets in the UK.
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Topping our list of the best Christmas markets in the U.K. is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London.

This fantastic festive display offers fairground rides, performances, and an ice rink, alongside all the traditional food and craft stalls that you can find at the typical Christmas market.

Address: Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

Siân McQuillan
Siân McQuillan is a writer and travel lover from County Down, Northern Ireland. While she enjoys travelling to other countries and exploring new places, she loves nothing more than discovering all the wonders her home country of Ireland has to offer. When not writing about her travel experiences, Siân can be found exploring the great outdoors and will more than likely be somewhere near the Mourne Mountains or the Causeway Coast.

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