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Best UK Christmas markets in 2022

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There’s nothing quite like a whiff of mulled cider and the twinkling of log cabin lights to get you in the mood for the festive season. If you fancy immersing yourselves in all the sights and smells of the winter season while doing your gift shopping here’s where to find UK Christmas markets in 2022.

If you’re getting in the yuletide spirit, you’ll also want to wrap your eyeballs around my guides to family days out this Christmas and festive light trails.

Where to find Christmas Markets in the UK

Below are the UK Christmas markets confirmed in 2022. Please check with the market’s website or social media before visiting as some events require tickets. I have provided links where you can find the latest information.

Belfast Christmas Market 2022

This popular and well established market is back for 2022. There will be a host of international traders offering incredible foods and delightful gift ideas at this award-winning market.

Keep an eye on the Facebook page for more details.

Belfast Christmas Market, Belfast City Hall, from 19 November to 22 December 2022.

Birmingham Christmas Market 2022

Christmas shopping on evening's christmas market, Birmingham UK
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market

The UK’s largest, authentic German Christmas Market has been confirmed to take place in Birmingham in 2022.

Expect Bratwurst, Glühwein and chocolaty Crêpes as well as plenty of Christmassy atmosphere.

The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market takes place in New Street and Victoria Square.

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market, Victoria Square, 3 November to 23 December 2022.

Blenheim Palace Christmas Market 2022

Christmas market in the courtyard at Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace’s Great Court will be transformed into a spectacular seasonal market this Christmas.

There will be traditional wooden chalets showcasing a range of festive treats from over 50 designer-makers and artisan food and drink producers. 

Taking place against the stunning backdrop of the baroque Oxfordshire palace, the Christmas Market is the perfect way to escape the bustle of the high street and the boredom of online shopping to really savour the yuletide atmosphere. 

Filled with a variety of hand-picked, irresistible gifts, unique works by a range of designers and tempting treats to taste and take home, it’s the perfect addition to a Christmas day out at Blenheim Palace. 

Please note that this is a ticketed event.

Blenheim Palace Christmas, Oxfordshire, 18 November to 2 January 2022.

Bournemouth Christmas Market 2022

Seattle Christmas tree in Bournemouth lit up at night
Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland

The Alpine market will return in 2022 along with the Bournemouth Christmas Tree Wonderland. We visited this in 2019 and can highly recommend it as a wonderful and FREE Christmas family day out.

The market’s log cabins line the town centre retail area offering gifts, clothing, crafts and refreshments. As part of the Wonderland (starts 19 November) there’s an ice rink and Christmas tree trail featuring more than 100 trees, plus replicas of enchanting trees from six cities around the world.

Bournemouth Christmas Market, town centre, Dorset, 18 November 2022 to 2 January 2023.

Take a look at our review of Bournemouth Beach Lodges. They are a lovely place to stay while enjoying the Christmas Tree Wonderland and market.

Bristol Christmas Market 2022

Bristol German Christmas Market collage
Bristol Christmas Market

Visit Bristol city centre and start your Christmas shopping early at 50 unique stalls, as well enjoying entertainment from the likes of Santa and street entertainers throughout November and December.

If you have time to stop for some refreshments there’s heated seating, delicious drinks and live music in the Jäger Barn Bar.

Bristol Christmas Market, Broadmead, Bristol, 4 November to 23 December 2022.

Want to stay in Bristol for the market? Here’s some family-friendly Bristol City Centre apartments you might like.

Cardiff Christmas Market 2022

This maker-focused UK Christmas market offers an alternative shopping experience – you can see your crafts and gifts being handmade infront of you.

A rolling programme of more than 200 businesses are expected this year, plus seasonal food and drink producers.

Cardiff Christmas Market, City Centre, Cardiff, 10 November to 23 December 2022.

Find more things to do in Cardiff with kids.

Cheltenham Christmas Market 2022

This Christmas market in Cheltenham is back for 2022.

The market stalls will run along the pedestrianised Promenade, providing shoppers with lots of opportunities to pick up some unique treats, gifts and Christmas decorations.

Entrance is FREE and there is no need to book.

Cheltenham Christmas Market, Promenade through to Imperial Gardens, TBC.

Chester Christmas Market 2022

Visit this market just outside Town Hall Square to find more than 70 stalls selling Christmas gifts, arts and crafts goodies, fudge, local spirits and stocking fillers.

While shopping you can treat yourself to a hot mulled wine or a delicious snack from one of the stands selling food ranging from hot dogs to hog roasts.

Chester Christmas Market, near Chester Cathedral, 18 November to 21 December 2022.

Durham Christmas Market 2022

Durham hosts four markets over three days with more than 300 independent traders selling crafts, food and drinks.

There’s also family entertainment including a children’s lantern procession.

Durham Christmas Market, city centre, County Durham, 2 to 4 December 2022.

Edinburgh Christmas Market 2022

A vibrant and lively view of the Edinburgh Christmas Market.
Edinburgh Christmas Market

This fantastic festive market offers a wide range of European and local food, drink and crafts which are bound to get you into the Christmas spirit. 

This year the Forth 1 Big Wheel will return, alongside the Star Flyer, all against the backdrop of the iconic Edinburgh Castle. 

Edinburgh Christmas Market, East Princes Street Gardens, 19 November 2022 to 3 January 2023.

Exeter Christmas Market 2022

Exeter Cathedral - Tin Box Traveller Diaries February 2017
Exeter Cathedral

This Bavarian-style market takes place in the precincts of Exeter Cathedral in the heart of the city. It’s a stunning location.

As well as gifts and crafts, there are stalls selling global cuisine, and as pop-up bars and live music.

Exeter Christmas Market, Exeter Cathedral, Devon, 18 November to 18 December 2022.

Here’s an even bigger guide to Christmas markets in Devon and some more things to do this Christmas in Devon.

Fowey Christmas Market 2022

Visit this Cornish coastal town to experience a very West Country Christmas with 200 stalls packed with locally produced food and drink, and festive gifts.

Fowey Christmas Market is one of the top things to do in Cornwall this Christmas.

Over the course of three days it takes over the town with traders spread across picturesque Fowey Town Quay, Albert Quay, Webb Street and Town Hall.

Fowey Christmas Market, Fowey, Cornwall, 2 to 4 December 2022.

If you are looking for more things to do and places to stay take a look at my Cornwall family holiday guide.

Heartlands Christmas Market 2022

Visit the festive market at Heartlands for locally made crafts, seasonal treats and entertainment. Entry is free and there’s no need to book.

Santa is also expected to visit. Audiences with the man in red must be booked in advance on the Heartlands website.

Heartlands Cornwall Christmas market, Redruth, Cornwall, TBC.

Lincoln Christmas Market 2022

Expect more than 200 stalls nestled between the Norman castle and gothic cathedral in Lincoln.

As well as lots of opportunities to shop, there will be festive entertainment and food.

Lincoln Christmas Market, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincolnshire, 1 to 4 December 2022.

London Christmas Market – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Christmas fair in Hyde park in 2016, London
Christmas in Hyde Park

This popular London event returns with all the fun of spectacular shows, fairground rides, a Christmas market and Santa experiences in the heart of the capital. 

Booking is essential in 2022.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, 18 November 2022 to 2 January 2023.

Manchester Christmas Market 2022

Christmas Market near Town Hall on Albert Square in Manchester, UK
Christmas Market in Manchester

Visitors will be able to warm those long winter evenings with lashings of food and drink, soaking up the Christmas atmosphere from under marquee covered seating, and festoon lighting creating that festival feel. 

The Winter Gardens will see some foodie favourites from previous years pop-up in the new festive hub. Dutch Frites, and Greek Gyros will make the Gardens a must for hungry visitors.

Finish off with warm cookie dough puddings and washed down with signature cocktails and local ales – a return visit will be a must. 

Manchester Christmas Markets, Winter Gardens, TBC.

Nottingham Christmas Market 2022

Families enjoying Nottingham Christmas Market in the evening
Nottingham Christmas Market

Traditional chalet style market stalls will be trading along Long Row and Smithy Row offering a chance for some alternative Christmas shopping with a choice of gifts, crafts, and speciality food.

Old Market Square will once again be the focal point for the city’s Christmas events. There will be a 60ft Christmas tree, a giant observation wheel, a new Après Ski themed pop-up bar, and a traditional carousel.

Festive events will also spread to Trinity Square, where a specially-constructed Christmas Village with a number of food and drink options will see visitors entering via a Christmas Tree-lined entrance leading to a winter-themed setting that features a number of igloo-style glass domes.

Nottingham Christmas Market, Old Market Square, 15 November to 31 December 2022

Plymouth Christmas Market 2022

More than 40 traders from across the South West will be selling their wares in traditional wooden cabins, festooned with fairy lights in the city centre.

Warm up with a mulled wine from the Bavarian Bar, tuck into festive food from one of the many street food stands and snap a festival selfie in front of the giant illuminated bauble.

There will be entertainment on Thursday evenings and on Saturday and Sunday. 

Plymouth Christmas Market, Plymouth City Centre, 1 to 18 December 2022.

Find more Christmas markets in Devon.

Sheffield Christmas Market 2022

Visit Sheffield city centre this winter and you’l find about 50 log cabins with local traders showing off their Christmas wares.

The market is open from 10am to 6pm Sunday to Thursday and until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

There will also be the chance to visit Santa’s Grotto, drink in the Alpine bar and ride on the iconic Big Wheel.

Sheffield Christmas Market, from 12 November and throughout December 2022.

Southampton Christmas Market 2022

The Southampton Christmas Market features a traditional German market with alpine chalets offering traditional German fayre, from bratwurst and waffles to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit.

The market includes independent stallholders offering a range of hand-made, authentic gifts and Christmas decorations, as well as two bars and live entertainment.

Southampton Christmas Market, Above Bar, 17 November to 23 December 2022.

Swansea Christmas Market 2022

Talented crafters, traditional traders and delicious street food vendors will be making a welcome return to Swansea City Centre to offer you a brilliant selection of unique gifts, tempting treats and beautiful decorations.

As well as stalls there will be a carousel ride and festive bar.

Swansea Christmas Market, City Centre, TBC.

Winchester Christmas Market 2022

Visitors experience Winchester Cathedral's Christmas Market and Evensong takes places in the nave.
Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe – in fact it’s regularly recognised in the top 10.

What makes it so special is its unique location in the Cathedral’s Inner Close, its handpicked high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere.

It’s inspired by traditional German Christmas markets with pretty wooden chalets, festive lighting, the sound of Christmas carols and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air.

Winchester Christmas Market, Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire, 18 November to 22 December 2022.

More Christmas markets in the UK

Below are some more places where you’ll find Christmas markets in 2022:

  • Derby
  • Lancaster
  • Liverpool
  • London South Bank
  • Norwich
  • Plymouth – Royal William Yard
  • Rochester
  • Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Worcester
  • York

Have you spotted a UK Christmas market not on this list? Let me know, and I’ll add an update quicker than you can say ‘mine’s a mulled wine’.

Christmas markets in Europe

If you fancy experiencing Christmas on the continent, check out this post about Christmas markets in Europe.

You might also like my post about even more Christmas lights trails around the UK.

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