10 Best Christmas Markets In Britain To Shop At in 2016

A magical time of the year, Christmas is a jubilant occasion that almost everyone looks forward to. The extravagant family dinners, the decking up of the Christmas tree, the cleaning of the house, the exchanging of gifts... Ah, indeed the festival is one of joy and glee. Thinking of what to buy for your mother? Wondering what to gift your father in law? What present would your niece like receiving? And where can you get stylish and quirky Christmas decorations? Well, how about you head over to one of these best Christmas markets in Britain and get all your questions answered?! Housing stalls that sell almost everything under the sun, beware, because these markets might empty your pockets and make your shopping bags hefty!

1. St. Anne’s Square Market, Manchester:

  

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Enjoy a slice of Germany right in the heart of Manchester this Christmas season. The St. Anne’s Square hosts a German-styled market during Christmas every year. Having a history that dates back to the year 1998, the square was the site of a temporary market in that year when a small group of traders from Frankfurt were invited to put up a small traditional German market. The square has been hosting this market ever since and every Christmas, it brings lots of unique and quirky items for sale all the way from Germany.  
 
When in 2016: 14th November to 21st December.
Top attractions in the city: Museum of Science and Industry, the Lowry, Manchester Museum, Manchester Townhall.
 
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2. Exeter Christmas Market:

  

 
A fascinating Christmas market which is held on the grounds of the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, the Exeter market is a bustling place to visit during the festive season. The main aim of the market is to showcase the talents of local traders and small scale retailers. The products on sale range from handmade unique gift articles to homemade heavenly chocolates and a lot more. 
 
When in 2016: 19th November to 19th December. 
Top attractions in the city: Exeter Cathedral, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter Quay, Killerton House.

3. Hestercombe Gardens Christmas Market:

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Located in the small town of Taunton, the Hestercombe Gardens probably host the one of the best Christmas markets across Europe. Somerset County’s leading Christmas market, this one has booths that sell beautiful gifts, handcrafted articles, cute souvenirs and tasty treats. An off the beaten path place, you will definitely have a memorable time shopping at the market as well as exploring the gorgeous town of Taunton.
 
When in 2016: 18th November to 20th November.
Top attractions in the city: St. James Church, Taunton Castle, Somerset Cricket Museum.

4. Cirencester Christmas Market:

  

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One of the best Christmas markets in Britain, the Cirencester Christmas Market is open only for a few days. Yet, it attracts crowds in thousands. With a backdrop of Christmas decorations, live musical performances and decorated Christmas trees, this market has stalls put up by local traders and craftsman who sell intricate arts and crafts objects, unique gift articles and even delicious food delicacies. The Cirencester Christmas Market is sort of a culinary heaven for foodies!
 
When in 2016: 26th November and 3rd and 4th December.
Top attractions in the city: Corinium Museum, Church of St. John the Baptist, Cirencester Park, Rodmarton Manor.
 
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5. Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre: 

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Shopping at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is an exceptional experience to have while visiting Britain. The market not only hosts stalls that sell gift items and appetizing snacks but also organises the famous Plantagenet Knights’ Tournament. Wondering what the tournament is all about? Well, it has armoured knights battling it out in the field! They put up displays of precision archery as well. The market also has live music and dance performances for the entertainment of visitors. 
 
When in 2016: 26th and 27th November.
Top attractions in the city: Stokesay Castle, St Laurence's Church, Ludlow Castle, Clee Hills.

6. St. Albans Christmas Market:

  

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The Christmas market at St. Albans is a traditional one and takes place in the lovely Vintry Garden. This year, the market is going to play home to over 67 wooden chalets that would be selling items such as Christmas decorations and gift items such as jewellery, scarves and other accessories. You will find a dedicated food court within the market where you can satisfy your hunger once you are done with the gift shopping. The market will also be housing a bar this year where you can sip on wine or some unique concoction.
 
When in 2016: 24th November to 18th December.
Top attractions in the city: Verulamium Park, St Albans Cathedral, Old Gorhambury House.
 
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7. Edinburgh Christmas Market:

  

 
One of the best Christmas markets in Europe, the Edinburgh Christmas Market is held on the grounds of the majestic Edinburgh Castle. A grand event, apart from shops selling charming gift items and festive decorations, the market also puts up a temporary outdoor ice skating rink where you and your kids can have a fun time. Throw in a few visits by Santa Claus, funfairs, fireworks, light and sound shows and live performances and you get a must visit Christmas market in all of Britain. Once you are done shopping at the market, how about you explore the city with the help of these fabulous Edinburgh tours?
 
When in 2016: 20th November to 4th January 2017.
Top attractions in the city: Edinburgh Castle, Greyfriars Kirkyard, National Museum of Scotland, the Scott Monument.

8. Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair:

  

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One of UK’s largest Christmas markets, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair is a lavish affair that enthrals all. Quintessentially German, the market even hosts stalls that sell marzipan and pretzels! The market hosts plenty of shops that sell a variety of items- from gifts and antiques to decorations and clothing. A unique thing about the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Fair is the way the entire community comes together to celebrate Christmas. 
 
When in 2016: 12th November to 22nd December.
Top attractions in the city: Cadbury World, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, National Sea Life Centre.

9. Bath Christmas Market:

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Centrally located, the Christmas market in the city of Bath is an affair to remember! Hosting over 170 traditional wooden chalets that sell striking Christmas gifts, this award winning market will give you a shopping experience like never before. Shop around as you hear live performances of carols and indulge in some freshly baked mince pies. The organizers ensure that a majority of the stall owners are from in and around Bath thus giving the local economy a boost. 
 
When in 2016: 24th November to 11th December.
Top attractions in the city: Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, the Circus and the Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre.
 
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10. St. Nicholas Fayre, York:

  

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The St. Nicholas Fayre, popularly known as the York Christmas Market, is a must visit for foodies! Because, at this Christmas market, you will find less of gift stalls and more of food carts selling sinfully delicious delicacies. Also, don’t hesitate to dress up in your finest clothes because you will be bumping into many enthusiasts dressed up as characters from the Victorian era!  
 
When in 2016: 24th November to 27th November. 
Top attractions in the city: National Railway Museum, York Minster, the Shambles, York City Halls, York Castle Museum. 
 
Ready to get into the spirit of Christmas? Do let us know what all you purchased by commenting below. Happy shopping and happy travelling to you.
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