There are so many things to look forward to in the build-up to Christmas with an ever increasing abundance of different ideas for days out to bring groups and their members together to celebrate the season.
Once the nights draw in and the weather begins to turn a little colder, there’s nothing better than wandering round a Christmas Market to really get you into the festive mood. Set in some of the country’s most picturesque cities, a visit to a UK Christmas market is a shopping experience and a day out experience not to be missed.
Christmas markets and festivals are one of England’s fondest traditions and still a firm favourite with everyone. Towns and cities across the UK are transformed into a winter wonderland of everything you could wish for in a yuletide setting. Wooden chalet huts pop up with twinkling lights, elegantly decorated trees, delicious food and drink, and a host of fabulous gift ideas all part of the allure getting visitors into the spirit of the season. Each market has its own identity and in some cases its own dedicated theme with many drawing back to Christmases past with Victorian and Georgian themes, but what you will find wherever you go are plenty of local treats, fun activities, nativity scenes to explore, plus a wealth of tasty food, mulled wine and hot chocolate to sample and enjoy.
Year on year the competition to attract visitors to Christmas Markets is hotter than ever with many new markets and venues setting out their stall and starting up alongside some of the long-established markets which run right up until the big day. The likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, York and Winchester’s Christmas Market are popular firm favourites with many people who return year after year.
The same can be said for London’s Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland and Southbank Winter Festival. After all, Christmas shopping in London is an amazing experience but look closely and you will also find a host of more intimate and individual Christmas markets within the different areas of London including at the likes of Borough Market, Greenwich, Kings Cross and The Jubilee Market in Covent Garden. As with so many, the Jubilee Market has its own unique individual charm as hundreds of thousands of glittering lights decorate Covent Garden and its three daily markets that are filled with handmade crafts and unique gifts. Groups can benefit from
discount shopping wristbands for all of the traders’ stalls and pre-book a variety of refreshment options, plus tuck in to a variety of tasty food and mulled wine in December.
Many of the more traditional markets across the UK that we know and love finds themselves transformed in the lead-up to the festivities. Bury Market in Lancashire has been a permanent feature in the area for over 500 years and is everything you would expect from a traditional Lancashire market. Located in the heart of the town centre it is a large traditional market in a modern setting, offering a unique shopping experience which goes another level in the run-up to Christmas with stall holders really getting into the
spirit of the season. There’s a full market on Wednesdays, Friday and Saturdays and the Market Hall is open Monday to Saturday. There’s plenty on offer for groups including a coach drop-off adjacent to the Open Market, a coach driver’s rest room, free coach parking and meal vouchers.
Carlisle Market is the biggest of its kind in Cumbria and the historic city centre is the perfect setting for this year’s Christmas Village which will have 40 alpine style chalets selling a range of gifts, crafts and food and drink.