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The Best Christmas Markets To Visit In The South


The Best Christmas Markets To Visit In The South

It’s a wonderful time of year as the excitement of Christmas starts to build and the festive Christmas markets begin to open around the country. Get together with the family and head to a local Christmas market to sip on warm mulled wine and taste the variety of European tasty foods. We’ve rounded up the best Christmas markets to visit in the South.

Birmingham

Birmingham’s German Christmas Market has 180 stalls and is the largest of its kind in the UK, and the biggest outside Germany and Austria. It’s no wonder that this traditional market attracts 5.5 million visitors each year. Wander around the Victoria Square as it transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland for the whole of the festive period, excluding Christmas Day. Warm yourself up with a yuletide mulled wine whilst taking in the hand-made crafts from European artisans. This Christmas Market opens on Thursday 17th November and stays open up until Thursday, 29th December. For more details click here.

London

Head to Hyde Park this Christmas for the magical Winter Wonderland that is home to the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink. This Christmas Market is a little out of the ordinary with something for the whole family. This year they have a new family show with Children’s TV favourites Sooty and Sweep, an Arctic Adventure with real ice and snow, an ice bar and for those who prefer to stick to what they know, you have the traditional Bavarian tent with fires to warm you up after a drink in the Ice Bar. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is 10 years old this year and runs from Friday 18th November through to Monday 2nd January plus entry to this Winter Wonderland dream is free, making it one of the best Christmas markets to visit in the South. For more Christmas Markets in London click here.

Gloucester

For the Dickensian fans, Gloucester Quays Victorian Christmas Market is a must-visit this festive season. The authentic Victorian market has over 250 stalls with producers selling mouth-watering food and yuletide drinks as well as hand-made festive gifts. You’ll have to be quick not to miss this one, it’s only on for four days, but it is well worth the trip to the city of Gloucester to immerse yourself in the festivities. Soak in the atmosphere with the host of colourful characters including street urchins, Fagin-style gang masters and other wonderful Dickensian characters. This Christmas Market is on from 17th November to 20th November at Gloucester Quays.

Bournemouth

If you’re a huge fan of Christmas festivities then Bournemouth is the place for you to be during the festive season. The town’s popular yearly Alpine Market and Moose Bar takes over the bustling pedestrianised square from the 17th November to the 3rd January. Spend a day or evening browsing the unique stalls for festive gifts for your loved ones, enjoy a warm glass of mulled wine and take in the joyous atmosphere. As well as the Alpine Market, Bournemouth is holding a one-night Christmas celebration on the 18th November at the pier to kick off the celebrations. There will be live entertainment, a beach firework display and special guest appearances. For more information on Bournemouth’s Christmas Market click here.

Stratford Upon Avon

Stratford-Upon-Avon has a huge programme of Christmas-related goings on, it’s impossible not to get into the festive spirit whilst in the area as the town comes alive with Christmas magic. This year will see Stratford’s biggest Christmas Markets take place on Thursdays at Bridge Street, Fridays and Saturdays at Rother Street, and Sundays at Waterside. You can browse the hand-crafted stalls, enjoy the delicious smells of roasted chestnuts and sip on hot chocolates laced with Brandy whilst getting into the spirit of Christmas. Meanwhile, Children will be enchanted as Father Christmas returns to the magical Grotto at Magic Alley. The Christmas Markets open from Thursday 24th November and run up until Christmas Eve. If you’ve enjoyed reading about our list of the best Christmas markets to visit and plan on visiting one, why not make a weekend of it and stay with us. Take a look at our hotels here.

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