Home or Europe? 2019 Christmas markets

Visiting a Christmas market has become something of a tradition for those seeking a short late-autumn break and we have researched some of the less obvious destinations for you in Europe and in the UK.

Bath’s Christmas market runs from 28th November to 15th December and will have more than 170 decorated wooden chalets. It takes place in the heart of the city’s World Heritage Site and is well-known for offering artisan products made by businesses in and around the city.

Birmingham, on the other hand, has the largest authentic German market in Europe outside of Germany and Austria. It runs from 15th November to 23rd December and consists of the Frankfurt Market and the Craft Market.

The Frankfurt Market offers a wide range of products, including Christmas decorations, handcrafted jewellery, carved wooden toys, sausages, beer and pretzels, while Christmas Craft Market will offer handmade crafts, soaps and candles by local artisans,

Leeds’ Millennium Square will be transformed into a winter village from 8th November to 22nd December with more than 40 traditional chalets, plus themed indoor events and a carousel ride.

London, too, will be hosting its six-week Hyde Park Winter Wonderland from 22nd November 2019 to 6th January, with free admission and more than 100 attractions and rides.

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If you’re thinking of visiting Europe here are some more unusual Christmas market destinations to try.

Tallinn, Estonia

This has been voted one of Europe’s best Christmas markets for its cosiness, historical location, wonderfully preserved medieval old buildings and long traditions.

Strasbourg, France

This is one of the oldest in Europe and set in the heart of the GrandeIle, a UNESCO world heritage site, with more than 300 festive chalets to browse through..

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is another ancient European city with a medieval centre, where the annual Christmas market is set up in the Old Town Square.

Seville, Spain

Not the most obvious Christmas market destination perhaps but Nervión’s Christmas Market in Seville is visited by travellers from around the world in search of authenticity, tradition, handmade decorations and regional culinary products.

For more European Christmas markets see here