The holiday we have all been waiting for is just around the corner! Our favourite time of the year is coming and with it bringing the happiness and warmth which can keep us warm during this nippy season! Christmas, the festive season is all about bringing you and your loved ones around a good meal while sharing gifts, laughs, and love! Impressing your loved ones with the perfect gift may be a hectic and time consuming task especially with all that is going on in our lives from the long working hours to the daily chores and trying to keep up with your social life. Visiting a single place which combines gifts, food, and lots of fun times sounds just perfect. That’s why Christmas Markets exist, some more useful than others. Here are our top recommendations for the finest Christmas markets around the UK.
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The name itself tells us a lot about what to expect from this Christmas market. For over 10 years, Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London has been spreading the wonderful Christmas vibes throughout London. Lost in this massive wonderland, are the 200 charming wooden chalets which will be tempting you with its unique gift ideas, Christmas decorations, and culinary delights. Besides the outstanding gift chalets, you’ll also be able to enjoy their mind-blowing entertainment! Spectacular Christmas shows, a fun circus to entertain the whole family, live festive music, ice skating, over 100 mind-blowing rides, an ice bar to keep your cocktails chill, and much more. This wonderful Christmas wonderland operates until the 1st of January, daily from 10 am until 10 pm, closing its doors on the day of Christmas. Make sure to drop by this wonderland in London as entry is for free!
Bath Christmas Market
Another can’t miss Christmas market is located in the city of history and culture, Bath. This year the organisers are preparing the biggest Christmas market yet in very centre of Bath. It will include 200 wooden chalets selling a wide variety of gifts and food which will accommodate all different types of tastes and budgets. The fully decorated market has already begun spreading the joy through its choirs and singers and will stay opened until the 10th of December. This wonderful market operates daily starting at 10 am, and closing between 6 and 7 pm.
Nottingham Christmas Wonderland
If you’re coming from the East Midlands area, make sure to check out the Nottingham Christmas Wonderland which will take over the Old Market Square and Long Row spreading the festive mood around Nottingham. Finding the right gifts in this massive wonderland is sure to be a fun activity. To add to that, you’ll be able to enjoy the wonderful entertainment program ranging from a skating rink, festive music, mouth-watering food, and an ice bar. The Christmas market in this wonderland will be operating until the 24th of December, every day from 10 am until 6 pm.
Belfast Christmas Market
This year, up until the 23rd of December, Belfast’s City Hall gardens have been transformed into a village themed Christmas market. Wander around the many installed stalls to find the right gift for your loved ones, from clothing, decorations, arts and crafts imported from all over Europe. Not only that, you will also be able to have a taste of different European treats, ranging from French tarts to various cheeses, German sausages, and the high-quality Belgian chocolate, yum! To add to the festivity, you and your children will also be able to meet Santa! So why the wait? We’ll see you there!
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