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The best UK Christmas markets to visit in 2017

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It might not feel like it if you’re currently neck-deep in essay deadlines, but Christmas is almost upon us. Get your warmest woolies ready and pop along to a few of these Christmas markets to get yourself in the festive spirit.

Bath

Winding around the historic city of Bath, the market’s 200+ wooden chalets offer everything from personalised stationery to homeware, with a backdrop of Bath Abbey and the Roman bathhouses. 99% of the market’s produce is handmade, so you’ll be left with plenty of gift options for the folks back home!

At the heart of the market sits The Lodge - a cosy cafe bar offering mulled wine, festive ciders and a range of Christmas-y snacks, perfect for warming your over-shopped feet.

Birmingham

Birmingham’s Frankfurt market takes place every winter, usually beginning mid-November and running up until Christmas Eve. It’s the largest German Christmas market outside of the country itself, and features a whole host of German snacks, from schnitzels to pretzels. You can expect handmade toys, gifts and jewellery, live music, and enough food to tide you over ’til Christmas dinner.

Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s market isn’t just any old market - it’s crammed with loads of festive events. From its Ice Adventure - a journey through Scotland’s history using ice sculptures (and whisky) - to a mini fairground, theatre displays, and a maze made of Christmas trees, you’re not going to be stuck for things to do. There’s ice skating, a climbing wall made of ice, and a Star Flier, which takes you 60 metres into the air for a panoramic view of the city - if you’re brave enough to look down.

There are two markets in Edinburgh this year - one at East Princes Street Gardens and another in George Street. Both stock an abundance of bespoke Christmas items.

Manchester

Manchester’s central market will take place in Albert Square, right outside the city’s Town Hall, though the event itself stretches across 10 separate locations. The market launched on November 4th to coincide with the Christmas lights switch-on - and this year it features an ice rink in Cathedral Gardens if you fancy getting your skates on.

Every year the Manchester market hosts its Mug Scheme - you’ll pay a £2.50 deposit for the mug, which you can use at any stall serving hot drinks, and either take it home or return it to get your money back. Each year has a new mug design and allegedly attracts religious Manchester Christmas mug collectors.

Lincoln

The cathedral city’s Christmas market may only run for 3 days, but its location is practically unparalleled. Winding between Lincoln Cathedral and the city’s Norman castle, the market heaves with visitors every year. It does offer a handy park and ride system since parking can be difficult - and it’s worth the £12 ticket just for the stunning historical backdrop.

The market features over 200 stalls, and runs from December 7th until December 10th.




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