UK Christmas markets

Our favourite UK Christmas markets 2016

As the days get shorter and Christmas gets closer, what better way to get into the festive spirit than a visit to one of the country’s many Christmas markets? From North to South, or East to West, you won’t be short of cities to choose from for a day filled with scrumptious treats, handmade gifts and festive fun. Not sure which one to visit? Here are 5 of our favourite markets which are worthy of a visit.

1. Cardiff

Fancy a spot of Christmas shopping combined with festive fun? With over 80 wooden stalls lining the streets of Cardiff – from jewellery and clothing, to artwork and glasswork, you’re sure to find the perfect present for even the most awkward of recipients. Don’t forget to try out some delicious Welsh foods including freshly baked welshcakes. Then head to the Winter Wonderland and burn off those treats with a skate around the open air ice rink.

2. Bath

Situated around the Roman Spas and Abbey – right in the heart of the historic city of Bath, you won’t be short of gift ideas with an incredible 170 chalets to choose from. And if that wasn’t enough, then how about a visit to The Lodge or the pop-up Après Ski Bar? With heart-warming food and hot drinks on hand, it’s sure to get you in the Christmas spirit.

3. London

London Bridge, Camden Town, Leicester Square… no matter which area of the capital you’re visiting, there are lots of Christmas Markets to choose from. But if you happen to be in central London, a trip to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is a definite must. Not only is there an unbelievable 200 wooden chalets packed with food, drink and gifts, you’ll also find ice rinks, rollercoasters, a giant wheel, an ice bar, a magical ice kingdom and much more – it’s the ultimate place for some festive fun this Christmas.

4. Birmingham

Take a trip to the Midlands and you’ll find the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria at Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market. Get together with friends before you all head home for Christmas. Soak up the atmosphere with live music and indulge in traditional German foods such as stollen, pretzels and bratwursts. Then wash it all down with a hot drink or traditional German beer.

5. Edinburgh

Heading up north? You’ll find two magical Christmas markets set among the picturesque hills of Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh. At East Princes Street, sits the European Christmas Market packed with arts, crafts and foods, as well as ice skating and the big wheel to enjoy views over the city. Or head over to St Andrew Square to enjoy traditional and local Scottish produce at the Scottish Christmas Market.

With student accommodation in 16 UK cities, if you’re a resident at Host, many of these Christmas Markets will be right on your doorstep. Contact us today to find out more about our city locations and living with us at Host.

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