Forget Black Friday and Cyber Monday – now it’s December all we care about is having a wander around our local Christmas Market!
Over the last few years, these ‘traditional’ markets have become very popular, with most towns and cities running them during the Christmas season. Seeing rows of cosy wooden huts filled with sweets, treats, drinks and handcrafted gifts is sure to get even Scrooge himself into the Christmas spirit!
Here’s a selection of some of the best around the country:
(8 November to 22 December)
Manchester boasts many markets across the city. From Cathedral Square, Market Street, Exchange Square through to the Corn Exchange, but arguably the best is the one on Albert Street in front of the town hall.
A superb selection of unusual gifts from amber jewellery to Belgian chocolates and French soaps can all be sampled and bought.
(7 November to 23 December)
Birmingham is twinned with Frankfurt and this market is the biggest outside Germany and Austria. The wooden stalls on Victoria Square and New Street will keep you happily occupied for hours.
And if you need a break from shopping, there’s a Big Wheel for a spectacular city view or you can skate around Centenary Square’s ice rink!
(9 December to 31 December)
Glasgow boasts two 50 stall Christmas markets, at George Square Market and St Enoch Square. Although the traditional fare is available, there is a much wider range of gifts and foods to try, from Kenya to Ecuador and everywhere in between!
Definitely one for the foodies!
Belfast Christmas Market
(16 November to 22 December)
Located in the wonderful grounds of Belfast City Hall, this market is another exotic one. If you want to skip the gingerbread and hot chocolate you can try alligator, kangaroo and wild boar!
There are plenty of local traders as well – and of course, you’re never far away from the music bars and a jar or two of black gold!
What’s your favourite?