Chris Morey

Red C survival guide #2

Red C’s favourite UK Christmas markets!



The Christmas markets are an exciting and must do part of the Christmas period in the UK. And over the recent years, some cities such as Manchester and Birmingham, the markets have become a huge attraction for UK and international visitors. Why not take a look at our top picks below…

Manchester – Nov 10th to Dec 20th

The Christmas markets have been running since 1999 and now go through from Manchester Town Hall to Albert Square and St Ann’s Square. The markets have now spread out to cover nearly all of Manchester city centre, with karaoke pods in Spinningfields to the ice rink in Cathedral Gardens, there is something for everyone.

Birmingham – Nov 16th to Dec 24th

The Frankfurt Christmas market has run for over 15 years and is the centrepiece to Birmingham’s Christmas events. With the Christmas markets running right up to Christmas Eve this year, there is enough time to scope everything out. There are traditional goods, food and drink available!

Edinburgh – Nov 18th to Jan 6th

Edinburgh has a little bit for everybody, from the Big Wheel to enjoy panoramic views to the elves’ workshop hidden in a Christmas Tree Maze. The Christmas markets themselves offer a traditional Scottish market on George Street or there is the European market in the Mound Precinct. And with plenty of shops to get your Christmas gifts, you can find it all in Edinburgh.

York – Nov 16th to Dec 22nd

York offers a few different options for their city in the Christmas months. This includes the St. Nicholas Fair which includes traditional chalets and the new Yorkshire Barn for some traditional food. It also has the York Ice Trail (great for kids) and the Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland filled with ice rink, funfair rides and Santa’s log cabin.

Belfast – Nov 18th to Dec 19th

The fabulous City Hall gardens are transformed into a bustling continental village providing a great shop around Europe opportunity in the heart of this famous City Centre. Visitors will be able to avail of the now infamous culinary delights including a range of products such as cheeses, olives, Italian nougat, Belgian chocolates, French tarts, (made on site by a fantastic Breton Patisserie).

Leeds – Nov 10th to Dec 17th

Another German Christmas market with traditional wooden stalls and a carousel ride creates a unique continental festive atmosphere. The Christkindelmarkt has over 40 wooden chalet stalls from authentic German traders with a wide range of seasonal gift ideas.

Southbank – Nov 10th to Jan 4th

Wintertime at Southbank Centre has Christmas markets with the chance to buy gifts, festive produce and sweet treats. There are seasonal Christmas shows which can offer any miserable family members a reason to smile. The Southbank Centre has close train and tube stations, included Waterloo, Embankment and Charing Cross.