This month I thought I’d look at the best Christmas Markets to visit during the festive season. There is something about the piping-hot Glühwein,
twinkling lights and bustling pop-up stalls that fills me with that Christmas cheer. I’ve also highlighted the best places you can grab a cup of the dark stuff and refuel while your shopping.
28 November – December 15
Named The Telegraph’s Best Market in their 2019 rundown of all Top British Christmas Markets, Bath is one not to miss! They have even won a top spot on Vogues list of their 12 Favourite Christmas Markets in the UK.
During the festive season, 170 stalls line the streets of Bath around the wonderful Roman Baths and the Abbey. Set amongst the picturesque Georgian streets, it’s the perfect place to do a spot of Christmas shopping.
Bath and the South West do a superb job of supporting small independent businesses with 80% of their seasonal pop-up chalets being run by local makers, designers and businesses.
Where to grab a coffee?
6 November – December 22
Bristol has so much to do and see over the festive season. The city is brimming with magical merriment and there is plenty on offer. From winter wonderland ice rinks to marathoning Santas, there is something for everyone. When it comes to Christmas Markets, Bristol hosts many in locations all over the city. I’ve listed here three of my favourites to explore during the festive season to help you fill up those stockings.
Preparing to get you merry again, The Harbourside Christmas Market is returning to the waterfront from November 23rd, promising “five festive-fulled weekends”. Once again the covered walkway will be transformed into a ‘magical Maker’s Market’, showcasing 50 of Bristol’s brightest independents. Expect everything from award-winning preserves to artisan foods, unique gifts and authentic Bristol-made art. There will also be plenty of street food vendors and live bands to enjoy.
All underneath Broadmead’s glittering Christmas tree, visitors can enjoy for 45 days of merriment. Peruse over 50 unique stalls showcasing seasonal delights, handcrafted decorations and unique gifts, all while warming up with a classic mulled bevvy. There will be plenty of entertainment provided by Santa and his reindeers, and even a chance to try your hand at competitive curling. For when you need to rest those shopping feet, the Jäger Barn Bar offers heated seats and live music.
If you’re planning to do some Christmas shopping at The Mall in Cribbs Causeway you are in for a treat. Every year The Mall is transformed into a festive paradise and this season is set to be the biggest yet. Christmas shoppers can enjoy the second largest ice rink in the country, at 1,500 sq meters. Cycling enthusiasts will also be able to enjoy the ice rink, with the IceByk track allowing riders to cruise at high speeds. Kids can also meet Santa at his Enchanted Ice Castle.
Where to grab a coffee?
55 Corn St
Enjoy delicious toasted sandwiches, quality coffee and a selection of teas.
There are two great stalls at Winter Wonderland that serve delicious coffee, doughnuts and churros.
21 November – 14 December
Housed in gorgeous wooden chalets which create a sense of magic and wonder, Cheltenham’s Christmas Market located on The Promenade is sure to get you into the festive spirit.
Running from the 21st November until the 14th December and featuring many stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink creating a unique Christmas Market atmosphere.
Why not plan a visit to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a bratwurst sausage while you wander and browse along the rows of stalls with family and friends?