Top 5 Christmas Markets in the UK

The rise of the European style Christmas Market has been dramatic over recent years with most cities and towns now running some form of festive market. Here you will find our top 5 choices of the largest, the most colourful, festive, eclectic and downright atmospheric markets in 2013.

Lincoln MarketLincoln

Lincoln was the first of the Traditional German Christmas Markets to appear in the UK 25 years ago. From humble beginnings with just a handful of stalls, the market has now grown to in excess of 350 stalls, which for one weekend of the year make this cathedral city the place to be. This incredible market is stunning beautiful and perfect to get you in the full festive mood this Christmas.
We don’t currently promote Lincoln as a GBT Destination however if you would like to visit the Lincoln Christmas Market please state on the ‘notes’ section of My Itinerary form before sending it to us. We would be more than happy to include this destination for you.

  • Where: Castle Square, Lincoln
  • When: Four days in early December


The Leeds Christkindelmarkt has kept with a distinctly German flavour, and for the German Christmas Market connoisseur, this has to be one of the closest markets to the real thing that you might find in German cities such as Cologne or Frankfurt.? Around 40 genuine German market stalls fill the Millennium Square here from mid November for over a month.

  • Where: Millennium Square, Leeds
  • When: Mid November, for 1 month


Bristol’s German market abounds with German handicrafts and traditional festive cuisines such as? gluhvein, bratwurst, waffles, crepes, apple rings, chocolates and cakes a plenty.

  • When: Early November of December 22
  • Where: The Podium, Broadmead east and Merchant Street south


ManchesterManchester’s Christmas Markets have a range of European influence with traders from Germany, France, Belgium and Holland combining to make an eclectic exciting and vibrant market which now spans across the large city centre as it grows in popularity year on year.

  • Where: Albert Square, St Ann's Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street and Brazennose Street
  • When: from mid November to mid December


Gloucester's Historic Docks form the backdrop for "A Very Victorian Christmas", Gloucester's Christmas market, new in 2010. Characters in Dickensian dress will be selling locally produced food, drink and gifts. Highlights include street entertainers, sideshows, traditional rides, family activities, a real ale tavern, choirs and brass bands.

  • When: Thursday to Sunday, last weekend in November
  • Where: Gloucester Docks and Gloucester Quays


    By Ruth Lancey, GBT Team Member

    Date: 2017-11-28 13:12:43