The tradition of Christmas markets in the United Kingdom, dates back to Oliver Cromwell times when he banned the celebration of Christmas and markets ceased to trade, before a revival in the Victorian period. Continental themes now succeed with traders from Germany, France and Italy, peddling their wares, crafts, Christmas related products and foodstuff in a variety of venues, from stately homes, town centres and community halls, attracting many visitors each year.
Belfast Continental Christmas Market – November 14 to December 20
Find a huge range of oriental food, European style decorations, arts and crafts in this Irish extravaganza known to be the Best Large Specialist market in 2015 by NABMA. The children will enjoy a visit to Santa in his decorated grotto. There are many holiday parks in and around Belfast with caravans for rent all year round.
Choral Canterbury – November 23 to December 23
This is a traditional German type market in Whitefriars Square, selling bratwurst and gluhwein Christmas treats. The finales to this event on December 23 and 24 are the Norman cathedral’s thought-provoking carol services.
Bath Christmas Market – November 28 to December 15
As usual, the city centre of Bath is converted into a magical Christmas wonderland, with over 170 market stalls portraying a multitude of Christmas gifts and items, all set in the streets surrounding Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths. With an ice rink and Santa’s grotto nearby, the whole family will enjoy the festive cheer.
Birmingham Christmas Cracker – November 14 to December 22
Why travel to Austria or Germany when you can soak up the Christmas atmosphere in Birmingham, host to the Frankfurt Market spanning New Street, Victoria Street, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square. Birmingham has been associated with Frankfurt as a twinned town for more than 40 years.
If you want to rent a static caravan near Birmingham you’ll find an abundance of caravan holiday parks in the surrounding areas, with easy transport links into the city
Newcastle Enchanted Parks – December 11 to 15
A chain of events is taking place at Saltwell Park in Gateshead with light installations and several performances taking place against the night sky.
A festive market on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre from 4-8 December will have many items of festive produce for sale such as cakes, jewellery, pottery and local brewed micro beer.
Cardiff’s Christmas Wonderland – November 14 to January 5
Will you dare to take a ride on the 60-metre high spinning chair, or take to the open-air ice rink on City Hall Lawn? The Alpine village chalets will serve continental treats such as crepes or German sausages for an Apres skate snack.
Visit one of these Christmas events, soak up the smells, sights and sounds as you stroll amongst the many stalls and goodies on offer. The aroma of freshly baked mince pies and warming mulled wine, along with a sprinkling of carol singing, will guarantee to get you into the festive spirit.
Afterwards, you can head back to your fully equipped holiday home to relax and rest your weary legs after a day spent browsing and shopping. If you wish to visit any of the areas mentioned, search on our website Rent My Caravan for your luxurious, holiday home.