It’s almost Christmas Day, and festive Brits planning a merry road trip this season have been urged to visit the best Christmas markets from up and down the country. With millions looking for a short getaway before the end of the year the car leasing experts at LeaseElectricCar.co.uk have suggested the best markets to get families into the Christmas spirit.

Edinburgh

Recently hailed as the most popular Christmas market in the UK, Edinburgh’s market is host to over 60 stalls, a ferris wheel, ice rink, and double carousel. The market has been split across East and West Prince Street Gardens this year to make it a safe place for visitors following the ongoing effects of COVID-19. Running until 4 January 2022.

 

Birmingham

The largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria prepares to grace the streets of Birmingham for another year. The world famous market boasts an extensive range of authentic Bavarian cuisine as well as beautiful hand-crafted gifts, perfect for stocking fillers and early Christmas gifts. Running until 23 December.

 

Nottingham

With a 32m high observation wheel at its heart, Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland returns this year with over 40 Bavarian-style stalls, an Apres ski bar and children’s fairground rides. Running until 31 December.


Manchester

Hosted in the heart of Albert Square, Manchester’s festive favourite food stalls return for another year. With Spanish, Mexican, Dutch and Greek delicacies on offer as well as the British classics, there is no shortage of options. Running from until 22 December.

London

London’s extremely popular Winter Wonderland is back for another year and bigger than ever. With everything from ice sculpting classes to roller coasters, the capital’s biggest festive event has everything you could dream of for the perfect Christmas day out. Running until 3 January.

 

Chester

Located opposite the charming Chester Cathedral, the magical Chester Christmas Market provides an intimate Christmas experience bringing the best local businesses together for a month of holiday joy. Running until 22 December.

 

York

The St Nicholas Fair will fill the Yorkshire air with roasted chestnuts and mulled wine again this year. Amongst the alpine chalets will be a range of Christmas gifts as well as seasonal food and drinks. And it wouldn’t be a Christmas market without a vintage carousel. Running until 23 December.

 

Newcastle

With a local-trader focus to this year’s market, Newcastle’s Christmas market seeks to bring an emphasis on helping local businesses showcase their finest produce. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere with a sip of locally brewed beer or join in with a Christmas carol with the angelic voices of the city choir. Running until 26 December.

Belfast 

Back at the Belfast City Hall after a year out and filled with sweet treats, unique arts and crafts, as well as the all important Santa’s Grotto. Proof of COVID status is needed for this market on the weekends, which is something to bear in mind. Running until 23 December.

 

Winchester

112 wooden chalets will line the historic streets of Winchester for this year’s Christmas market, which is often dubbed as one of the best in Europe. The impressive range of seasonal treats on offer will make their return along with a large ice rink perfect for a winter evening date night. Running until 22 December.

 

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