The Best Christmas Markets in the UK

Tis the season for mulled cider, bratwurst, macaroons & lots of overpriced Pic&Mix

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EDINBURGH

Less a market and more one massive takeover of Prince's St Gardens and the surrounding area, this is probably one of the longest Christmas markets in the country.

You won't be able to move far for much of December without bumping in to someone selling Hot Chocolate.

GLASGOW

Taking over St.Georges Square right in the heart of the city centre, Glasgow's Christmas market is like one big square Winter Wonderland.

With a mini fairground on one side and an ice rink on the other, it is abuzz pretty much every day and like a mini-rave for families at the weekend.

MANCHESTER

1999 was a weird time. We were near the millennium, people watched Big Brother and Manchester got its first Christmas market.

Since then it's been a mainstay in Albert Market, but has sprawled out to Numerous locations that could make for one weird and wonderful pub crawl fuelled by mulled wine.

BELFAST

Now it might not technically be on the mainland but that doesn't mean that Belfast is out in the wilderness when it comes to throwing a Christmas Market Party.

Unlike most in the UK their Xmas market is situated within the ground of City Hall and for almost 2 months becomes one big party Irish style.

Three separate tents are set up as German Style beer tents, there's a never ending queue for getting a kangaroo burger, and they also have more local vendors set up shop to sell unique Christmas gifts.

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BIRMINGHAM

I'm going to presume the Germans aren't too annoyed that Birmingham stole one of their city's name for their Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market  (apparently the two have been partnered together for 50 years now).

The council claims that this market is the biggest of its kind in Europe outside of Germany & Austria, and walking around it is like taking a trip through a mini village with stalls taking up any space possible along New Street.

BOURNEMOUTH

I think Bournemouth might the furthest market south in the UK (If anyone in Plymouth or Jersey can say otherwise please let me know).

It has everything you'd expect to find from smaller Christmas markets but was the only one I know about that has a nativity right in the middle of it as a nice reminder of what the whole thing is all about.

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