UK Christmas Markets 2021
Christmas 2021 is creeping up on us now, and our favourite time of year will soon be here!
If you're anything like us you just can't get enough of the festivities running up to the big day! So naturally, we've begun the hunt for fun things to do leading up to Christmas this year!
Christmas markets have to be one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit! Twinkling Christmas lights, the smell of mulled wine filling the air and picking up lots of great festive treats for yourself and loved ones!
So in this blog we've taken a look at just a few of the markets that are up and running again this year, now there are fewer restrictions in place, with lots of fantastic options around the country to enjoy!
Starting fairly close to home here at UK Christmas World is the York Christmas Market!
18th November - 23rd December 2021
This is a hugely popular choice in Yorkshire and the St Nicholas Fair is set to return in 2021! Stunning alpine chalets run up Parliament Street and St Sampson’s square in the city centre, offering tasty treats and a whole array of amazing gifts! Of course there is still the rest of the gorgeous city to enjoy too such as the quirky, independent shops in the Shambles and the castle walls and gardens if you need to escape the hustle and bustle!
Next up are the Manchester Christmas Markets!
12th November - 22nd December 2021
This is another popular northern destination which attracts thousands of visitors every year. With over 300 festooned market stalls to enjoy around the city centre, you won't be short for choice when it comes to your Christmas shopping or searching for tasty food and drink. With a large array of European and local producers, you're sure to pick up a perfect, unique gift this Christmas. Manchester has lots of other great shopping opportunities and other festive events, so why not make a weekend of it this year?
Next on the list is the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market!
5th November - 23rd December 2021
The Birmingham Frankfurt Market is the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria, bringing real festive spirit to all visitors! Whilst visiting the Christmas market you could try German Bratwurst and Brezel - traditional German foods famous around the world, enjoy mulled wine, listen to Christmas carollers and bands, as well as a spot of Christmas shopping of course! The whole family will also love singing along with Birmingham's Singing Christmas Moose (Chris Moose) in front of the Council House!
Another amazing option for your Christmas market bucket list this year is the Lincoln Christmas Market!
2nd December - 5th December 2021
Even with fewer dates available than other markets, Lincoln will still be an amazing place to visit at Christmas! Lincoln is a modern cathedral city with over 2,000 years of history, providing so much more to do alongside visiting the market. The three day market will boast 280 Bavarian themed stalls with a whole manner of gifts, trinkets and food & drink, as well as traditional fairground rides that the whole family will love! There are many other festive events to check out in Lincoln too, such as the Illuminated Wall Walk at Lincoln Castle and the Lantern Parade and nativity play at Castle Hill.
Next up are the Norwich Christmas Markets and Events!
Various events running from 9th November 2021 - 9th January 2022.
Across Norwich and Norfolk there are plenty of fantastic, Christmas events to enjoy with the family. From Christmas markets, to light shows, pantomimes, and of course a visit to see Father Christmas!
The Christmas Market returns to Pensthorpe Natural Park this year which is attended by many of the region’s best food & drink suppliers, crafters, artists and more! If you're looking to support local businesses and a change of scenery from the high street, then a Christmas Market is for you!
Alongside the market you can enjoy the Tunnel of Light, pantomime performances, Bure Valley Railway’s Festive Express, festive wreath making and more!
One of the largest and most famous Christmas market events in the UK is probably the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland in London!
19th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
As well as around 100 market stalls with gifts, decorations and food and drink to temp you, Winter Wonderland boasts a whole range of other attractions to be enjoyed by young and old! This really is a day out for all the family!
After a stroll around the market, why not enjoy ice-skating in the UK's largest outdoor ice rink, or visit the Magical Ice Kingdom? You could even try your hand at creating ice sculptures, book to watch the Christmas Circus or have a drink in the Ice Bar! There is also a whole bunch of fairground rides to get the adrenaline pumping, such as the 'Eurocoaster', 'Ice Mountain', Carousel and a Haunted Mansion!
We can't wait for the festive season to arrive to try out some of these Christmas markets for ourselves!
Let us know which you visit this year - we want to see you festive photos!
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