Unfortunately, we all know, this time last year the Christmas markets were cancelled and festive plans were put on hold. It didn’t really feel like Christmas in 2020 and the general consensus, with all the doom and gloom of the never-ending pandemic, the British public wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating it.
However, this season, Christmas markets in the UK are back and what a joy for the nation to have them return. It’s things like this that symbolize to all, the UK is back in business.
Listed below are all the Christmas markets which are confirmed to be opened around the UK.
On the grounds of the great historic City Hall in Belfast, the local Christmas Market, famous for its massive variety of foods and goods from all over Europe. This is the festive place for food, drinks, and entertainment. This is our opinion of what the Christmas spirit is all about, and the people of Belfast and the surrounding areas will have their moods lifted by visiting such a magical seasonal venue.
The town of Beverley hosts one of the UK’s largest Victorian Christmas markets. This is truly a magical experience and you’ll come away feeling Christmas has finally come back to good ole Blighty. What makes this place so special is the Victorian fairground, the surprise visit from Santa Claus with his sleigh and reindeer in the Christmas Parade. One of the best places to take your children along, just so you can see the awe and wonder on their little faces.
Another gem of a Christmas event is the one held in the beautiful city of Cambridge. This year’s Christmas market has plans for festive rides and an ice skating rink. A huge selection of market stalls selling everything from Christmas decorations to delicious hot chocolate. And as a special treat for children and adults alike, the UK’s longest three-lane ice slide. This event is not to be missed if you live or happen to be anywhere near Cambridge from the 19th of November to January the 3rd.
One of the biggest Christmas markets in Scotland is the one hosted by the great city of Edinburgh. Already there are 77 stalls booked and confirmed. There are going to be plenty of attractions including the Christmas Tree Maze and of course, Santa Claus will be making a quick stop-over just for the kids.
The famous Christmas market in Glasgow is situated in St Enoch Square and is planned to be opened again near the end of November. There will be the usual festive stalls selling items like Christmas gifts, decorations, to mulled wine. Check dates online before penciling them in your diary.
Great to hear that Liverpool’s Christmas market is back this year. Christmas festivities will be spread across St Johns Gardens, William Brown St, and the North Entrance of St Georges Hall.
A Big Wheel and Snow Slide has been advertised as some of the attractions, including drinking bars, and a large number of stalls selling Christmas gifts and a variety of food. Look out for a selection of beers from Germany too.
The magnificent Hyde Park Winter Wonderland is back and probably the most anticipated return of all the Christmas markets put together. There’s going to be a huge array of rides, activities, attractions, and much much more. This is set to be a fun day out for the whole family. Some of the highlights to have a go on will be the ice skating rink and a trip to the ‘Magical Ice Kingdom’.
Another gem to keep in mind is a visit to the ice bar, which will be a nice resting place for adults only. Check the website for pre-booking arrangements.
These are just a small selection of the more known Christmas markets opening back up this year in the UK. To find out more about a Christmas market opening near you, it will be best to check in your local newspaper or social media groups.
Having the Christmas markets back will show the country a sense of normality again amidst further economic issues such as fuel, and shortages of various goods, and maybe there’s more to come with Christmas around the corner now.
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