Top 5 UK Christmas Markets You Need to Visit

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Top Christmas Markets in UK

Nothing can get you in the festive mood quite like a wander around the Christmas markets and there’s more popping up all across the UK every year.

We’ve picked out our top 5 Christmas markets around the UK that we think are the ones that are the most worthwhile getting wrapped up for and paying a visit!


Edinburgh at Christmas is a dream destination for some and understandably too as this is a city that knows how to celebrate the festive season well. Quite simply entitled ‘Edinburgh’s Christmas’, this festive extravaganza began back in mid-November, but the celebrations continue to get better and better the closer we get to the big day. From traditional Christmas markets dotted all across the city’s streets to events and activities throughout the season such as shows, fairground rides and ice skating, there’s something to suit all ages and budgets!
If you’re planning a visit to Edinburgh this Christmas, head over to the official website for all things festive to help plan your trip!

edinburh christmas market


The Manchester Christmas markets are infamous around the country for being one of the best places to get in the festive mood and experience the traditional German style markets. Coming down from Piccadilly station, it’s only a 5-minute walk before you enter the first of the stalls but as you carry on through the main shopping areas of the city, you’ll get engulfed by a variety of stands, from classic hotdogs to hot chocolate as well as gifts and other tasty treats.

The Manchester markets are the perfect way to spend a festive day and once you’re done with the markets, you can nip down Brown Street and pop into Manchester’s Slaters store and say hello!

For all the details on the Manchester Christmas markets, you can visit the website here!

manchester christmas market


Another Scottish city that knows how to celebrate Christmas is Glasgow and their festive event of ‘Glasgow Loves Christmas’ is just the thing to get you in the Christmas spirit. As well as traditional markets at both St Enoch and George Square, Glasgow has been transformed into a festive wonderland for the upcoming weeks, with activities for all the family from shows, plenty of shopping and lots of good food!


Birmingham is the heart of all things Christmas in the midlands this year, with their Christmas markets being better than ever! Their ‘Frankfurt Christmas Market’ is a celebration of all things festive and traditional as they’ve kept their markets classic and fun for all the family with a selection of stalls from gifts and toys to food and drink. You can find the Birmingham markets at Victoria Square and New Street and they’ll be open for you to pay them a visit until Christmas Eve.


Leeds is a popular city with all ages which makes their Christmas markets a great choice for all the family to enjoy! Head to Millennium Square before Christmas Eve to explore the traditional ‘Christkindelmarkt’, also known as classic German Markets! As with most, you can enjoy a variety of tasty treats including hotdogs, hot chocolate and even a festive tipple while enjoying festive music, entertainment and shopping the other stalls for things such as gifts, toys and decorations!

As well as the markets, Leeds have brought back their Santa’s Breakfast Experience this year for children and families to enjoy a special meal with Father Christmas!

If you’re looking for things to do in Leeds before Christmas, be sure to check out what’s going on at the markets!

leeds christmas market

So, they’re our top 5 UK Christmas markets that we think you need to pay a visit to this year!

Be sure to pop into the local Slaters store in each city when you’re there and our team will be happy to help with any shopping you have to do before the big day!

Remember to send us your snaps from in store to Twitter and Instagram – @Slaters1973!





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