By Caroline Shepherd
A guide to five Christmas markets which should be top of your priority list this year.
Christmas is creeping up quick and fast and that only means one thing – the Christmas markets are reopening their doors. There really is no better start to the Christmas period than sipping on Mulled Wine to the comforting sound of our favourite carols. And, as we step into the busiest time of the year, we have collated a list of our favourite markets to help reduce your time spent planning and increase your time spent socialising.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Manchester Christmas markets are a must this winter. With the markets spread out over 6 central locations, you’re spoilt for choice with the multiple bars, stalls, and festive attractions on offer. Make sure you pick up one of the famous market mugs, unique to this year, and ice skate in the Cathedral Gardens.
Winter Wonderland – London
It may be a grander experience compared to the typical German Christmas markets, but this list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of the well-loved Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Perfect for families and couples alike, Winter Wonderland is complete with, but not limited to, an ice bar, circus shows and a street food village. With ticket prices starting from £5, Winter Wonderland is an unforgettable experience. Just remember, this year you must book your tickets in advance!
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
The capital of Scotland returns with its famous markets this year, presenting us with three locations of pure festiveness. With their winter version of a swim up bar, Edinburgh have a skate up bar on offer (located on the edge of the ice rink). There is also a Christmas Tree maze and a Santa’s grotto matched with the view of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle. Additionally, if you are unable to make it to Edinburgh, they have a virtual Christmas market available from Friday 19th November 2021, allowing us to mingle in the markets from home.
Opening dates: Saturday 20th November 2021 – Tuesday 4th January 2022
Moving further afield, Vienna offers a truly magical experience with its long running, adored Christmas markets. With 6 markets located at some of the most famous Viennese landmarks, the Vienna Christmas Markets create a definite worthy trip to Austria. The local Glühwein and the sound of the Choir ensures spirits are instantly lifted on your arrival.
Opening dates: Friday 12th November 2021 – Sunday 26th December 2021
Home to 60 markets, Berlin covers all your Christmas Market needs. While sticking to its German roots and ensuring traditional markets, modern markets have also been incorporated. This includes an English inspired market with a Victorian Theme and Mince Pies and Fig Puddings available to buy. The Berlin markets guarantee the perfect combination of a desired, local German experience and a home away from home, in a gorgeous German setting.
Opening dates: Friday 19th November 2021 – Sunday 9th January 2022.