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Christmas markets across the UK are worth a visit


Christmas is fast approaching and the festive spirit is in full swing.

For some people, taking a trip to the Christmas markets is a tradition before December 25.

They can often set the holiday season with mulled wine, stalls featuring unique gifts and the smell of roasted chestnuts – usually felt with a faint sound of a Christmas song that is drowned out by the discussions. and laughs.

As the big day approaches, people start stocking up on gifts and planning weekends.

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But it doesn’t have to be a big break from cleaning up the cobwebs – a road trip with loved ones can put you in the festive spirit with a spring in your step.

While Lancashire has a lot to offer in terms of Christmas markets and festivities, it’s a good excuse to visit a new place.

As millions seek short getaways before the end of the year, auto leasing experts LeaseElectricCar.co.uk took all the legwork and mapped out a road trip that includes Christmas markets across the country.

A spokesperson for LeaseElectricCar.co.uk said: ‘After last year everyone deserves a bit of festive joy, and what better way to get in the mood than by traveling to some of the UK’s best markets.

“There is something for everyone at each of these destinations, whether it’s an exciting day out with the family, an evening at work or even a simple social media selfie.

“We are encouraging everyone to go out and get involved in Christmas this year, as many people missed spending time with loved ones last year due to the lockdown amid the pandemic.

“This is a great opportunity to support local businesses and help them get back on their feet as well. “

10 Christmas markets to visit on a UK road trip

1. Edinburgh

From November 20 to January 4

To be crowned the UK’s most popular Christmas market is just one reason to visit Edinburgh Christmas Market.

You can grind around sixty stands, take a ride on the Ferris wheel, show your competitive spirit on the ice rink or enjoy the double merry-go-round.

The market has been split between East and West Prince Street Gardens this year to make it safe from Covid.

2. Birmingham

From November 4 to December 23

The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria.

The world-famous market has a huge range of authentic Bavarian food as well as beautiful handcrafted gifts, perfect for stocking fillings and pre-Christmas presents.

It’s a great place to hang out with family and friends while munching on pretzels, cutlets, grilled sausage and toasted almonds while listening to live music in Victoria Square.

3. Nottingham

From November 15 to December 31

Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland returns this year with more than 40 Bavarian-style stalls, an après-ski bar and children’s rides.

If you enjoy panoramic views, hop aboard the giant observation wheel where you’ll be propelled 33 meters into the air to enjoy breathtaking views of the city skyline.

Grab a gluhwein and arrange to meet friends around the giant 60ft Christmas tree in Old Market Square for a truly festive time.

4. Manchester

From November 12 to December 22



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Hosted in the heart of Albert Square, Manchester’s party food stalls are coming back for another year.

With Spanish, Mexican, Dutch and Greek specialties on offer as well as British classics, there is no shortage of options.

Dutch fries, Greek gyros, and hot cookie dough puddings are just a few tempting treats for hungry visitors, so be sure to visit these Christmas markets with plenty of room in your stomach.

Piccadilly Gardens will be transformed into lively Christmas bars featuring locally brewed beers and live music to accompany this holiday season.

5. London

From November 19 to January 3

London’s hugely popular Winter Wonderland is back for another year and bigger than ever.

With everything from ice sculpting lessons to roller coasters, the capital’s biggest party event has everything you could want for a perfect Christmas day.

Enjoy the acrobatic wonders at a circus performance or climb aboard the iconic giant observation wheel while taking in the twinkling lights of London. If the funfair rides are more your thing, ride a traditional carousel or tackle the giant loops of nine different roller coasters at the fairgrounds.

6. Chester

From November 18 to December 22

Located opposite the charming Chester Cathedral, the Market offers an intimate Christmas experience bringing together the best local businesses for a month of festive joy.

Have fun browsing the markets while rocking a hot chocolate or maybe something stronger if you prefer. Browse the stalls for a gift for family and friends, or even better, a little something for yourself.

7. York

From November 18 to December 23

The St. Nicholas Fair will again fill the Yorkshire air with roasted chestnuts and mulled wine this year.

Among the Alpine chalets you will find a range of Christmas gifts as well as seasonal food and drinks.

Enjoy the Christmas market with a ride on the pretty vintage carousel, or stroll through historic Shambles markets which offer a range of handcrafted items sold by local independent traders offering everything from Yorkshire flat caps to beautiful trinkets and delicious cakes.

8. Newcastle

December 2 to 24

With a focus on local traders in this year’s market, Newcastle Christmas Market seeks to focus on helping local businesses showcase their best products.

Visitors can soak up the atmosphere with a sip of locally brewed beer or join in a Christmas carol with the angelic voices of the city choir.

9. Belfast

From November 20 to December 23

This year’s Christmas markets make a welcome return to Belfast City Hall.

Take a ride on the vintage Helter Skelter or the popular carousel.

The presence of local favorites includes Pappas Minerals and Tapitas, Rossi’s Ice Cream and the social enterprise Outside In who will don their garlands and Santa hats to help the homeless.

International cuisine can also be enjoyed in the form of crêpes de France, Dutch crêpes, Belgian chocolates and a selection of exotic meats including ostrich, wild boar and crocodile burgers.

10. Winchester

From November 19 to December 22

There will be 112 log cabins lining the historic streets of Winchester for this year’s Christmas market, which is often dubbed one of the best in Europe.

The market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.

The impressive array of seasonal goodies on offer will make a return with a large ice rink perfect for a winter evening.

Visitors are encouraged to check with the organizers for any updates on the event before making road trips.

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