Channel a Victorian Christmas in beautiful Bath
When: Thursday 23rd November – Sunday 10th December
Where: Abbey Chambers, 2 York St, Bath
For a picture-perfect Christmas, Bath is the place to go. Take a leisurely stroll through the city’s beautiful Georgian streets and you’ll soon be lapping up scents of mulled wine and warming food. Bliss! Or, if you fancy a change of scenery (quite literally), why not visit the Theatre Royal and watch the Christmas pantomime, Snow White? With comedy, slapstick and the classic audience participation, even the biggest Scrooge will crack a smile.
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Feel the magic at Winter Wonderland
When: Saturday 18th November – Monday 1st January
Where: Hyde Park, London
Forget seeing Santa in Lapland – London’s Winter Wonderland is where it’s at! With around 200 fairy-lit Bavarian style wooden chalets, it’s perfect for picking up unique gifts that your friends and family will love. If you’re travelling with tiny tots, be sure to take them ice skating and to the Sooty Christmas Show! Or, if you’re kid-free and planning to get very merry with your friends and family, check out the new Bar Hütte for karaoke and cocktails.
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Get a taste of Germany in Birmingham
When: Thursday 16th November – Sunday 24th December
Where: Victoria Square, New Street, Birmingham
It’s the largest Christmas market outside of Germany, and it wouldn’t be the season to be jolly in Birmingham without a visit to the city’s famous Frankfurt Christmas Market. You’ll find all manner of German cuisine like Bratwurst, Krakauer, Feuerwurst (all sausages, btw!), as well as sweet favourites like pretzels, Berliner doughnuts… and, madly enough, there’s even a garlic bread stall shaped like a garlic clove! After you’ve let all those delicious delights go down, a ride on the carousel or the big wheel is a must.
Have a European Christmas with a Mancunian twist
When: Friday 10th November – Thursday 21st December
Where: Albert Square
Fancy Christmas in Europe for a tenth of the price? Then we’re making your wishes come true! Simply assemble the squad, hop on the coach, and head to Manchester’s European Christmas Market. At this truly international event you are spoilt with culture – one minute you’ll be sampling a crisp Spanish beer, then the next, you’ll be picking out delicately crafted Belgian gifts for your loved ones.
Spend Christmas in the Spiegeltent
When: Friday 24th November – Saturday 23rd December
Where: Bristol Harbourside
Bristol’s fabulous Spiegeltent is returning to the city for the sixth year running and is set to be bigger and better than ever. Families, take the kids to meet Father Christmas himself at his magical Woodland Grotto, and they’ll receive their very first Christmas present of 2017! Or if partying is at the top of you list, take your pick from an amazing array of live music events, cabaret nights and a masquerade ball.
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Make a weekend of it in Edinburgh
When: Friday 17th November – Saturday 6th January
Where: East Princes Street Gardens and George Street
If you’re craving a winter weekend escape, take a festive road trip on the coach to the city of Edinburgh. In amongst its traditional and romantic Christmas markets is the family-friendly Santa Land, featuring a Christmas tree maze, candy cane bungees (yes, really!), and a reindeer ride. Who knows – the little ones may actually see a white Christmas for the first time too!
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There’s no time like the present, so go on – plan which market you’re visiting first, get your festive travel booked and have a very Merry Christmas!