Bath, Manchester or Edinburgh? Which city has the perfect Christmas market for you?Friday 01 December 2017 by Jessica Mendoza It’s a difficult conundrum: you’ve got a few days spare before the festive period truly sets in and know you want to spend it at a Christmas market. Plenty of UK cities have great examples of these events, so which one to choose?
Bath, Manchester and Edinburgh have particularly impressive Christmas markets and each has a range of serviced apartments to stay in, so what sets them apart? Read on to find out which of these fabulous cities offers the perfect pre-Christmas getaway for you.
Bath Christmas Market
The Christmas market in Bath has been an annual feature of the city for 17 years and is firmly rooted in the local area. The majority of the stallholders – of which there are more than 200 – come from Bath itself and the wider south-west region.
Whether you want to wrap your loved ones in a sumptuous blanket this Christmas, have foodie friends to buy for or are searching for the perfect gift for a fashion-conscious someone, it’s all here. Standout stalls include Electric Bear Brewing Company, Apple Box and Handmade in Cornwall.
Best for: Handmade and local gifts.
Bath Christmas Market runs from November 23rd to December 10th.
Manchester Christmas Markets
Not content with having just one Christmas market, Manchester has gone plural, with markets stretched across no fewer than ten sites. From Albert Square to the Corn Exchange and King Street to Cathedral Gardens, it’ll take a substantial amount of effort to get around them all.
While each of the areas has plenty to offer, you may wish to make a beeline for your favourite. There’s an international vibe to much of Manchester’s market offerings, with broadly European stalls at the hub in Albert Square; a German market in St Ann’s Square; and French delicacies on King Street.
Best for: A comprehensive market experience and flavours from around Europe.
Manchester Christmas Markets have already started and will remain open until December 20th, with the focal point in Albert Square offering visitors an extra day, closing after December 21st.
Edinburgh Christmas Markets
There are two markets to choose from in Edinburgh in the run-up to Christmas – one at East Princes Street Gardens and the other on George Street – where you will find a wide selection of traditional gifts and treats.
East Princes Street Gardens will not only have more than 100 stalls to peruse, but a number of other forms of entertainment on offer. The most obvious of these is the huge wheel, granting shoppers wonderful views over the city. On George Street, Scottish produce will be showcased with a variety of local food, drink and traditional crafts to enjoy.
Best for: Timeless traditional gifts and additional thrills.
Both markets have opened to the public. East Princes Street Gardens will continue until January 6th, while George Street’s market comes to an end on Christmas Eve.