Christmas Crackers! UK Christmas Markets 2018

The UK has become an increasingly sought-after destination for Christmas Markets in recent years. Building on the popularity of the markets found on the continent, the UK has something to offer everyone at Christmas, from fantastic festive fayre and perfect presents, to cracking Christmas cheer.
Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival & Christmas Market
16/11/18 - 06/01/19 (Estimated Dates - TBC)
Set within the magical Liverpool Waterfront backdrop, Liverpool Ice Festival transports you into a frozen winter wonderland. Take to the skating rink, feel the freeze in a real ice bar, or visit the cool ice experience - a glittering room of crystal clear sculptures and furniture, all made from ice. After all that frozen fun, check out the festival’s traditional Christmas market, giving you all sights and wonderful smells of Christmas! With 60 German-style market stalls and 3 German style bars there’s so much to experience at Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival.

 

Chester Christmas Market
15/11/18 - 19/12/18 (Estimated Dates - TBC)
Chester Christmas Market will return to the city centre with over 70 traditional wooden chalets filled with gift ideas and delicious festive fare to enjoy. Annual parades will fill the streets with cheer and Chester Cathedral will open its doors offering a variety of festive events from carol concerts to the popular Christmas tree festival. Enjoy live musical performances and an explosive musical firework display as Christmas is launched in style at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet.

 

Cheltenham International Christmas Market
22/11/18 - 15/12/18 (Estimated Dates - TBC)
The International Street Market which has swept Scandinavia with a feast of foodie fun is on its way to Cheltenham. Traders from around the world will be on hand to display the best products that their respective countries have to offer. From bespoke craft items, to hot food traders from around the world, the International Street Market will have it all!

 

Manchester Christmas Market
09/11/18 - 19/12/18 (Estimated Dates - TBC)
With a huge selection of traders from across Europe, the Christmas Market at Albert Square has become a Christmas tradition for people from across the region. Experience Albert Square's bustling atmosphere and festive cheer while enjoying the mouth-watering array of food and drinks on offer. Bratwurst, strudels and hog roasts, beer halls, gluhwein houses and Christmas punch stalls - Albert Square has got it covered!

 

Leeds Christkindelmarkt
09/11/18 - 23/12/18 (Estimated Dates - TBC)
Christkindelmarkt is Leeds' annual traditional German Christmas market, bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square will be transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, a traditional carousel, daily programme of light entertainment and twinkling colourful lights, creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds. The market consists of over 40 wooden chalets, providing a wide range of seasonal gift ideas for everyone - including handcrafted toys, jewellery, decorations, speciality foods and traditional German delicacies such as gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, stollen and gingerbread.

 

York Christmas Festival & St. Nicholas' Fair
16/11/18 - 22/12/18 (Estimated dates - TBC)
York’s favourite festive market is back and more spectacular than ever before...meander through the magical market stalls of St Nicholas Fair and delight in a truly special experience. Wander inside traditional chalets adorned with twinkling lights and follow the aromas of mulled wine and tempting treats. Local flavour will fill York’s famous Shambles Market and Food Court and there’s decorative details on offer at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. After shopping, take time to relax around a roaring log fire at cosy canvas hang-out Thor’s Tipi, where you can warm up with a hot chocolate or something a little stronger.

 

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
16/11/18 - 24/12/18 (Estimated dates - TBC)
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is a firm fixture in the city’s annual calendar and, together with the neighbouring Christmas Craft Market. The largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market offers a large range of traditional goods, gifts and a selection of tempting food and drink, from over 120 stalls.
Why not include a visit to Birmingham Botanical Gardens Christmas Lights
28/11/18 – 01/01/19 excl. Mon & Tue (Estimated dates - admission charges apply)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when the trees and glasshouses of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens are lit and all aglow. There’s something for everyone at this festive time of year as a sparkling path winds its way through the Gardens in a magical after dark experience!

 

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
19/11/18 - 23/12/18 (Provisional Dates - TBC)
Founded in 2006, Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year. Surrounding an open-air real ice rink, within the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral’s historic Inner and Outer Close, you’ll find over 100 wooden chalets brimming with festive goodies, homewares, British arts and crafts, accessories, decorations and a large selection of festive foods to enjoy at the event and take home. There’s a strong emphasis on British and artisan goods amongst the stallholders.

 

Lincoln Christmas Market
06/12/18 - 09/12/18 (Estimated dates - TBC)
A contemporary cathedral city with over 2,000 years of history, Lincoln is the perfect place to visit over the festive period. Take a trip back through time and stroll along the cobbles of the cultural quarter of the city. The medieval square between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral is the perfect backdrop for the Christmas Market, offering visitors and residents a truly festive experience, with more than 280 stalls, performers and festive cheer taking over the Cathedral quarter.

 

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
24/11/18 - 25/11/18 (Estimated dates - TBC)
Celebrate the start of the Christmas season in the stunning medieval setting of Ludlow Castle. With over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more, you’re well-placed to find the perfect, original gift or indulge in a unique treat. With a wide range of food and drink stalls to tickle your taste buds, grab a mulled wine, a spiced cider or head over to the local Beer Tent to whet your appetite for a full programme of entertainment, including live music, theatre, comedy, juggling and swashbuckling sword fights!

 

 

Please note: Coach parking charges and admission charges may apply for some events
Legend

Hallmark Hotel, Gloucester

Gloucester
AAA+ Great Touring Location
This 4 star hotel is a fine modern hotel with a superb location on the edge of the Cotswolds. It has 95 bedrooms all decorated to a modern finish which are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel does not have a lift but there are 22 rooms on the ground floor. The stylish brasserie restaurant and wine bar are well sized and leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa bath.

AC Hotel Manchester Salford Quays

Salford Quays, Manchester
AAA+
This modern, new hotel was opened in 2016 and is located in the Salford Quays area of the city, just a few minutes from the city centre.  The 142 fantastic, modern bedrooms are furnished in a sophisticated style and have floor to ceiling windows. The bright, modern, contemporary restaurant and bar are both open plan and there is a lovely, quiet lounge area where guests can relax.  In addition, there is also a library on the first floor and a gym.  Coach parking is off-site, across the road in the pay & display car park, at a cost of approx. £4.50 per 24 hours.

Copthorne Hotel Manchester

Salford Quays, Manchester
AAA+ Central Location
This 4 star hotel is located in Salford Quays opposite Manchester United’s famous football ground, offering direct tram access in under 10 minutes to Manchester city center. All 166 modern bedrooms are equipped with TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant overlooks the canal and the open plan bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or watch live sports on the bar’s TV. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Hallmark Hotel Hull

North Ferriby, Humberside
AAA Spectacular Views
This 4 star hotel is situated on the outskirts of the city and boasts spectacular views of the Humber estuary and its iconic bridge, one of the world’s longest single span suspension bridges. The hotel does not have a lift but does have ground floor rooms (please note there are steps to access all other bedrooms). Each of the 95 stylish bedrooms are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The elegant bar, lounge and Brasserie restaurant all offer fantastic views of the estuary and the Humber Bridge. The hotel also has an external decking area - perfect for unwinding after a long day exploring. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Hallmark Hotel Strathallan

Birmingham
AAA+
In a great position close to Birmingham city centre, the hotel is perfectly located for Birmingham and the surrounding areas. The 135 bedrooms are decorated in a tasteful, contemporary style and all include TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Using seasonal produce, the brasserie style restaurant offers a versatile menu in relaxing surroundings, whilst the lounge and bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink or light snacks. There is also a gym for residents' use and a pool table. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Holiday Inn Runcorn

Runcorn, Cheshire
The hotel is set in a peaceful and convenient location with easy access to the motorway for Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. The 153 modern guest rooms are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Meals are served in Traders Restaurant and there is a pool table and a dartboard in the Hub Bar. Leisure facilities include an indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gymnasium. Coach parking is on site and free of charge.

Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport

Castle Donington, Leicestershire
The Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport is the perfect base from which to explore the East Midlands and surrounding areas. All 164 stylish, comfortable bedrooms are equipped with a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant, bar and lounge areas all offer comfortable seating and are perfect spaces in which to enjoy a meal or a drink. Leisure facilities include a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Coach parking is on-site & chargeable.

Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club

Shipley
AAAA+ Double for Single Occupancy
Located within a short drive to many of Yorkshire's most famous attractions, the 4 star Hollins Hall Hotel is located within 200 acres of beautiful grounds. The building dates back to the 1840’s making this hotel a perfect country retreat and touring base. All 114 bedrooms are furnished to the Marriott standard and contain TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and iron and ironing board. Individual dining is available for both breakfast and dinner in the impressive Heathcliffe’s restaurant with stunning garden views. Extensive leisure facilities are available offering an indoor swimming pool, whirl pool, sauna, solarium and gym.

Marriott Leicester Hotel

Enderby, Leicestershire
AAAA
The modern, 4-star Leicester Marriott is located in south Leicester, close to the King Power Stadium, Leicester Cricket Ground and Fosse Shopping Park. All 226 spacious bedrooms are contemporary in design and all contain a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The restaurant is light and airy and the bar and lounge welcomes guests with a warm atmosphere and an ideal space in which to enjoy a drink. Leisure facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and gym. Coach parking is on-site & chargeable.

Mercure Bradford Bankfield

Bingley, West Yorkshire
AAA
This 3 star gothic mansion house hotel is located in the heart of Yorkshire’s Bronte country and set within its own beautifully landscaped gardens. All 103 contemporary bedrooms are equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee facilities. The Brasserie serves international cuisine while the Club Bar provides a lovely environment for a relaxing drink. Coach parking is on-site and free of charge.

Mercure Leeds Parkway

Leeds, Yorkshire
AAA+
This 3 star hotel is set in the countryside near the Yorkshire Dales and near the Golden Acre Park nature reserve. All 118 bedrooms are elegantly furnished with a contemporary touch and equipped with hairdryer, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Guests have free entry to the leisure facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa bath and gym. The Brasserie offers views over the surrounding area and mouth-watering dishes prepared using fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce. You can also relax in the bar either by the fire or on the summer patio. Coach parking is on site and is free of charge.

Norton Park Hotel

Winchester
AAAA Double for Single Occupancy Sitauted in Acres of Parkland
Norton Park, part of the Q Hotels group, is one of the finest hotels in Hampshire, set within its own 54 acres of parkland. All 166 bedrooms are elegant and contemporary in style and all include TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Some bedrooms are accessed by a covered walkway whilst all other bedrooms are accessible by lift. The warm and welcoming Scene Restaurant is located on the first floor and offers flavoursome dishes made with locally sourced produce whenever possible. The stylish Scene Bar and lounge is located near reception and is the perfect place to enjoy a drink before dinner. The hotel also boasts excellent leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. There are also 10 spa treatment rooms (charges apply). Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Park Inn by Radisson Telford

Forgegate, Telford
This modern 3 star hotel is conveniently located close to shopping, restaurants and bars and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge. The RGB Bar & Grill offers an international menu in a relaxed setting while the bar is the perfect location for sipping a cocktail and relaxing with your travelling companions! The hotel also has a leisure club with a gym and indoor swimming pool and a newly refurbished game room with pool tables. All 153 bedrooms are equipped with TV and tea/coffee making facilities. Coach parking is on-site and is free of charge.

Pullman Hotel Liverpool

Liverpool
AAAA
Located at Kings Dock on Liverpool’s famous waterfront, next to the new state of the art Liverpool Exhibition Centre, the amazing Pullman Hotel opened in Feb 2016 and is just a 5 minute stroll to the vibrant Albert Dock and all its famous attractions. There are 216 modern, well-decorated bedrooms finished to a high standard and all include TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities as well as bathrobes and slippers. Views from the bedrooms are of the Albert Dock or the Mersey River. The large, modern, open plan restaurant has views over some areas of the Albert Dock whilst the bar offers a comfortable space where guests can enjoy a drink. There is also a well-equipped gym. Coach parking is offsite at the main Albert Dock coach park (within easy walking distance) and charges apply.

Pullman Hotel

Liverpool
3 Nights Half Board
November 2018
Twin from £199pp
Visit: Liverpool & Chester

Holiday Inn Runcorn

Runcorn
3 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £135pp
Visit: Liverpool & Chester

Hallmark Hotel Gloucester

Gloucester
3 Nights Half Board
November 2018
Twin from £155pp
Visit: Cheltenham

Hallmark Hotel Hull

Hull
3 Nights Half Board
December 2018
Twin from £149pp
Visit: York

Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel

Bradford
3 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £129pp
Visit: Leeds

Mercure Leeds Parkway

Leeds
3 Nights Half Board
November 2018
Twin from £145pp
Visit: Leeds

Marriott Hollins Hall Hotel & Country Club

Bradford
3 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £172pp
Visit: Leeds

Copthorne Hotel Manchester

Salford
3 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £162pp
Visit: Manchester

AC Manchester Salford Quays

Salford
3 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £169pp
Visit: Manchester

Hallmark Birmingham Strathallan Hotel

Birmingham
2 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £99pp
Visit: Birmingham & Birmingham Botanical Gardens (Dec only)

Park Inn by Radisson Telford

Telford
3 Nights Half Board
November 2018
Twin from £133pp
Visit: Ludlow & Birmingham

Marriott Leicester

Leicester
3 Nights Half Board
December 2018
Twin from £129
Visit: Lincoln

Jurys Inn East Midlands Airport

Castle Donington
3 Nights Half Board
December 2018
Twin from £155pp
Visit: Lincoln

Norton Park

Winchester
4 Nights Half Board
November & December 2018
Twin from £235pp
Visit: Winchester
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