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Monday, 12 December 2016

CHRISTMAS | 5 of the best Christmas markets in the UK

Although I wrote in a recent post that we don't really celebrate Christmas much anymore as a family, I do love a good Christmas market.

Even if I don't buy anything, there's just something about grabbing a hot drink and walking around the market slowly, peering at all the different stores and gazing in awe at how pretty it all looks. 

It seems there are so many Christmas markets to choose from these days though, so here's a round up of five Christmas markets worth visiting in the UK.

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I've not yet been to Birmingham's Christmas market, but I've heard good things about it, and so many people have recommended it to me. Treats include traditional and authentic German food and drink, like pretzels or bratwursts, and there's also live music, too. As well as gifts to buy, you can also purchase beautiful Christmas decorations - and the whole market looks ever so pretty.

Waddesdon Manor's Christmas fair boasts up to 60 wooden chalets selling unique gifts, crafts, decorations and festive food, among the manors grounds. It's one of the most beautiful Christmas markets I've ever seen, and you can make a day out of it by exploring the rest of the grounds and the manor house itself, which is decorated beautifully for the season. This years light theme for the house is dazzle@Waddesdon, which offers a light and sound show outside the house every 15 minutes.

This is more a Christmas display that includes a Christmas market, but I felt it was worthy of being mentioned. My parents used to take me here every Christmas but unfortunately, in the past few years, I've felt it went downhill a little, losing it's touch. However when I walked past it briefly last week, I realized this year it's gone back to its classic roots. The display is ever so classy, and the market includes lots of cabins selling original homemade jewellery and gifts. This year, Intu at Milton Keynes (or the new bit as it's locally known) also has cabins for the first time, selling hot drinks and gifts. Also, did I mention, it's all indoors? You won't feel the cold visiting these markets!

Another market which offers more than just stalls, Edinburgh's Christmas market has been on my bucket list for a long, long time now. Not only is Edinburgh super pretty anyway, but there's both a European Christmas market and Scottish Market to explore. The European Christmas market is the more traditional (and seasonal) of the two, and there's also rides as well, including a giant beautiful big wheel!

Although I love all the groupon deals that include mini cruises abroad for Christmas markets (and I can hands down say that Bruges is one of the best Christmas markets outside of the UK!), there's plenty on offer close to home.

And, finally, the Christmas market at Winter Wonderland - how can this not be on this list? Yes, Winter Wonderland as a whole is considered to be overpriced, touristy and always so, so busy, but you need to go at least once in your life, and a visit to the Christmas market there is a must-do. There's over 200 fairy-lit chalets to explore, and, of course, if you get bored you can explore the rest of the attraction.

I can tick off three out of this list - how about you? Am I missing any? Let me know with a comment below!

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