Top 5: Best Christmas markets in England

November, 14 2019

Visiting a Christmas market is fantastic! All your senses will be stimulated as you walk among the wonderful wooden Christmas stalls, all beautifully lit up. You will be welcomed by the smell of mulled wine and hot chocolate and the Christmas carols will ring around your ears. Visiting a Christmas market will instantly put you in the Christmas mood. We have compiled a list of the top 5 best Christmas markets. And we have added some tips for campsites in the vicinity of the Christmas markets that are very suitable for camping in winter. Make a complete Christmas weekend of it.

1. A romantic stroll in Bath

Bath has a wonderful historic centre where you can stroll around for hours, so imagine what it is like when the streets are filled with more than 200 wooden chalets. The stalls are all located around Bath Abbey making a visit to this Christmas market truly magical. You can find the nicest gits here! You can get handmade toys, jewellery or a lovely Christmas decorations. Fun fact: over 80% of the stallholders come from Bath and the South West, and an impressive 99% of all products are either handmade by the stallholders’ own hands, in Britain or abroad with Fairtrade certification.

Bath Christmas Market 2019 is open from 28th November – 15th December
Campsite in the vicinity Bath Marina & caravan Park



2. Bigger, better, Manchester

There is plenty to see at the Christmas market In Manchester! The Christmas stalls are spread over no fewer than nine different locations. Fortunately, they are all within walking distance. And while at many other Christmas markets in England you will encounter lots of English traditions, that is not the case at the Christmas market in Manchester. Here, you will find mainly European traditions, so you will see German bratwurst, Dutch clogs and poffertjes (mini pancakes) and you can get French style perfumes and soaps. Put on your ice skates and go around the ice skating rink, it’s guaranteed to be fun.

Manchester Christmas Market 2019 is open from 8th November – 22th December
Campsite in the vicinity:  Woodlands Park



3. Meet Father Christmas in Edinburgh

The Christmas market in Edinburgh is one big winter wonderland. You can meet Father Christmas in Santa’s Grotto, you can go on a journey on an Ice Adventure through Scotland in an exhibition filled with ice sculptures, or go to a circus filled with comedy, cabaret, magic and other spectacular performances. And for the children there is a fun fair with a Balloon Ride, Candy Cane Bungees, a Carousel, a Christmas Tree Maze, and much much more. Besides all this, you can go along to two Christmas markets, one in the East Princes Street Gardens and the other on George Street.

Edinburgh Christmas Market 2019 is open from 16th November – 4th January
Campsite in the vicinity Mortonhall Caravan & Camping Park



4. Soak up the German atmosphere in Birmingham

The Frankfurt Christmas market in Birmingham is the largest authentic Frankfurt market outside of Germany and Austria. Here, you can visit over 180 stalls all offering a great variety of traditional gifts. But, actually you come here for the German food and drinks. Here you can eat pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and roasted almonds. It will tempt your taste buds, and can all be washed down with glühwein (Mulled wine), weissbee (White Beer), or hot chocolate. Victoria Square has a village feel and the Christmas market continues all the way to Chamberlain Square.

Birmingham Christmas Market 2019 is open from 7th November – 23th December
Campsite in the vicinity Somers Wood Caravan Park



5. Artistic in Brighton

In Brighton, besides the traditional Christmas market, there is another very intriguing market. Here, local artists are asked to open the doors to their houses and studios to give the shopping public a peak into their artistic lives. Here, you can see the most beautiful works of art and paintings and they are all for sale. If you like advent calendars, then the English city of Brighton is the place to be. On the city’s beach, there is a ‘live advent calendar’. A little hut is opened every day, displaying a mini nativity scene.

Christmas in Brighton: open from 20th November – 21th November 2019
Campsite in the vicinity Sheepcote Valley car. Club site


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  • Author: Marieke Krämer
  • I grew up camping. The tent was pitched every year in beautiful places in the Netherlands and Belgium. I like active or relaxing holidays in the countryside best. Preferably at a campsite by a lake or river with a view of the mountains. For me, a day in the city is always part of a holiday.


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