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Top 5 Christmas Markets 2022

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The days are getting shorter, the temperature is dropping and the bliss of summer afternoons seems a very long time ago, but all is not lost.

Along with the extra layers comes the excitement of the festive period and a host of Christmas markets across the UK, from Manchester to Southbank, which are sure to brighten the darker days.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester Christmas Markets

The famous Manchester Christmas Markets are back for 2022, winding through a maze of streets in the city centre - meaning there is always something new to discover. There are numerous chalet bars that serve up mulled wine and cider, as well as cheeky alcoholic hot chocolates. These bars run on a deposit cup system which means that if you choose not to collect your money, you can leave with your very own collectible Christmas cup. Don’t miss the food on offer either, with traditional bratwurst or hog roast, as well as vegetarian choices and sweet treats!

Where? Locations for this year’s markets are still being confirmed. Keep updated here.

When? The Christmas Markets will run from 12th November to 22nd December. Opening times to follow.


Borough Market, London

Borough Market

One for the foodies, the renowned Borough Market is a destination for Londoners and tourists alike, and it only gets better during the Christmas Marketing period. During the depths of winter, the impressive array of food stalls offer a selection of festive culinary delights fit to grace any Christmas dining room table or party buffet. Meander around the stalls which are teeming with luxuries that make great gifts for loved ones such as artisan cheeses and chocolates.

Where? 8 Southwark St, London, SE1 1TL.

When? Christmas opening times are in place between 22nd November and 9th January - find more information here.


The Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham

Frankfurt Christmas Market

The Frankfurt Christmas Market has been running in the centre of Birmingham for the last 15 years. This market is one of the biggest in the country, attracting people from all over the UK and beyond to enjoy the lights, rides and traditional German festive treats. These delicacies include pretzels, schnitzel, bratwurst and a selection of hot chocolates. For older visitors, warm gluhwein and weissbeer are also available. The market is also a great place to shop for unique Christmas presents in the form of traditional German handcrafted decorations, toys and jewellery.

Where? Victoria Square and New St, Birmingham

When? 4th November to 23rd December 2021. Opening hours are 10am - 9pm daily.


Winter Gardens Wonderland, Blackpool

Winter Gardens Wonderland

The historic location of Winter Gardens is the perfect space for Blackpool’s Bavarian-style Christmas market, complete with festive attractions like Santa’s Grotto, fairground rides and free ice skating. Calling independent traders to market their gifts and products, as well as festive food and drink, there’s something for everyone at Blackpool’s Winter Wonderland, in the lead up to and to close the festive season.

Where? Winter Gardens, 97 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 1HU

When? 25th November until 2nd January, with opening times to be confirmed.


Southbank Winter Festival, London

Southbank Centre

Not as crowded or hectic as the nearby Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, the Southbank Winter Festival and Market is a great London option. With stalls set up along the Southbank of the River Thames under the shadow of the London Eye, this Christmas market is a great activity come day or night, and a particularly picturesque activity. The Festival looks set to reopen this year, with the return of market stalls selling a range of foodie treats and eye-catching and unique gifts, and pop-up bars serving warming drinks.

Where? Around the Southbank Centre, near Hungerford Bridge & Golden Jubilee Bridges, London, SE1 8XX.

When? 4th November - 9th January, exact dates and opening times TBC.