Christmas markets first appeared towards the end of the Middle-Ages in parts of Europe. Today, they have spread to many towns and cities across the UK. With so much choice now available, we have rounded up some of the best Christmas markets and included properties nearby. They’re all perfectly situated to visit the attractions and truly get into the Christmas spirit.
Nottingham Winter Wonderland
This “Old England” themed event features a stunning ice rink, Christmas market trader cabins, two themed winter bars, a bandstand, rides, timber decked walkways, nativity scene, 100’s of real Christmas trees, snow dressing and much more.
After requests from locals, the popular real ice rink is back and even larger than last year.
Property nearby… The Old Manor House was built circa 1660 and began its life as a row of brick and stone built cottages that were joined and converted into the main house that we see today. Gabled dormers and Gothic glazed windows adorn this character period home near the centre of Nottingham.
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, it is the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of the city’s annual Christmas events calendar.
Property nearby… A magnificent detached three storey Victorian property that has been modernised, tastefully improved and vastly extended over the last decade. Located on the outskirts of Edgbaston, just off the Hagley Road, this six bedroom property is ideally located for all transport links into Birmingham City Centre.
Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland
Get into the festive spirit as family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park. This free-to-enter event includes a host of Christmas-themed fun and activities, including big top shows, an observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.
Property nearby… A stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 6th-floor apartment in this prestigious portered block with breathtaking views right over Hyde Park. Residents can spot the ferris wheel peeking over the treetops from the comfort of their own home.
Bath Christmas Market
Each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shopper’s paradise, as over 170 chalets packed full of gorgeous Christmas gifts line the streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey.
Property nearby… A Grade II Listed Georgian garden maisonette located in Bath city centre. This beautifully presented property comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen/dining room, drawing room, private garden and vaults storage.
Mill Road Winter Fair, Cambridge
The winter fair includes an opening ceremony with the Mayor, a carnival parade, a very popular food fair, market, craft stalls and much more.
Property nearby… This magnificent Edwardian residence offers arguably one of the finest views in South Cambridgeshire, and is situated on the cusp of the historic city of Cambridge. The house lies within grounds and woodlands of approximately 10acres and includes a heated swimming pool.
St Albans Christmas Market
St Albans knows a thing or two about markets, having one of the oldest regular markets in the UK, dating back to the 9th century. Now they hold a European-style Christmas Market which runs from Thursday 26th November to Sunday 20th December this year.
Property nearby… A unique opportunity to purchase a truly impressive barn conversion just a few towns over from St Albans. It includes an adjoining 2 bedroom cottage, and is set on a large plot of formal gardens and paddocks with 4 stallion boxes, barn and outbuildings.
Swansea Winter Wonderland
Families are offered the chance to enjoy ice skating on the ice rink and smaller children’s rink, visit Santa’s Grotto, experience the festive family funfair, taste delicious food from the Alpine dining cabins and the big wheel is returning for 2015, too.
Property nearby… Situated to enjoy the most spectacular views of the city and coastline below, the views from this property stretch across to Mumbles Bay and really are mesmerising. The house is set on a very generous plot and has been recently renovated to a very high standard using quality fixtures and fittings.
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
For something a little different, try Ludlow’s version of a Christmas market, which features a distinct Medieval theme. Over the weekend, explore over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more. There is entertainment ranging from the Plantagenet Society knights to the bed of nails and fire juggling.
Property nearby… A rare opportunity to acquire an excellent equestrian property just 3 miles south of historic Ludlow. Set in 17 acres, The Cedars is a substantial country home with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. There is a good range of outbuildings to include twelve stables, menage (40′ x 20′), good hardstanding with turn out areas, excellent yard and well-managed post and rail paddocks.
The German Christmas Market brings a little piece of Germany to the heart of the city centre. There’s something for all the family from the ever popular Christmas carousel; stalls with handcrafted toys, jewellery, festive decorations, speciality food and drink including Stollen and Gingerbread; and the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery providing a warm and cosy place to sit and enjoy authentic German food and drink.
Property nearby… Set in an enviable position close to Roundhay Park, The Beeches is an imposing six bedroom detached house offering generous living space in a sizeable plot. The house offers ample space ideal for a family with the amenities of Oakwood and Roundhay nearby, as well as being less than three miles from the Leeds Christmas Market.
Whitefriars Christmas Market, Canterbury
This year their fabulous market is bigger and better than ever. The market has it all with shopping and bespoke gifts, amazing gourmet foods, events the whole way through the Christmas season and a sparkly new Father Christmas’s Grotto.
Property nearby… Nestling in the heart of the Kent countryside, Swanton Cottage offers everything you want for tranquil country living. At the same time, it is less than four miles and ten minutes drive from the historic city of Canterbury.
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