What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by attending some of the best Christmas Markets around? Experiencing sheer excitement, food, drink, music, decorations a so much more that they have to offer will result in a Jolly Bolly Christmas for all!
We here at Mollie & Fred are mad about Christmas, and can’t wait to get ourselves to some of the most exciting markets around. We have put together a quick guide for you to check out before going on a winter wonderland adventure to one of the following markets.
Remember, these are just as much fun for adults are they are for the kids, if not even more!
The Christmas Market at Manchester has gotten quite a reputation in recent years, and is definitely one of the top markets in the UK, and 2014 is looking to be the most anticipated ever. Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, this market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map. The Market is not just an amazing place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.
If you’re looking for variety, then London Christmas Markets are for you. They are the ideal place to find unique gifts, jewellery, crafts, fashion and toys. You can hear carol singers in the background, go on fairground rides and sample traditional Christmas treats, such as mince pies and mulled wine. From large German Christmas markets such as Winter Wonderland and the South Bank to smaller Christmas fairs. These
markets are perfect for your Christmas shopping needs.
If you can’t get over to Germany for a traditional Christmas Market, then the next best thing lies in Leeds. This authentic Christmas Market brings a little piece of Germany to the heart of the city centre. Millennium Square will transform into a scenic winter village, with over 40 traditional wooden chalet stalls decorated with festive greenery and twinkling colourful lights, themed indoor venues and the traditional Christmas carousel ride. For those who enjoy a range of seasonal food and drink as they take in the delights of the market, traditional German delicacies will also be available including, gluhwein, bratwurst sausages, schnitzels, goulash, stollen, gingerbread, roasted nuts and candied fruits.
With the world famous hilltop castle as a magical backdrop, Edinburgh is the perfect city to get your Christmas spirit in full flow. Edinburgh is brimming with festive performances to enjoy, including pantomimes such as Aladdin and the Scottish Ballet’s Nutcracker. Edinburgh’s Christmas offers no shortage of things to see and do this winter. Enjoy panoramic views of the capital from the top of the Big Wheel, spin around on the charming carousel or brave a twirl on the 60-metre-high Star Flyer, all in East Princes Street Gardens. Younger kids will love Santa Land in Princes Street Gardens, a festive fairground with six fun rides and a Children’s market full of gifts and toys. The Ice Rink in Princes Street Gardens is another highlight for kids and adults alike.
If you’re looking for an authentic German Christmas Market, Hamburg is hard to beat. Its historic port is home to 15 different markets which cater to all tastes. If you want to experience the traditional side of the market, head for the square in front of the grandiose city hall, where the rows of stalls are themed, from sweet treats to crafts. Kids, head to the Spielzeuggasse, the Toy Street, full of playthings from around the world. Or if you’re there with your significant other, opt for the Jungfernstieg market, whose focus is on posh food and gifts; crowd-avoiders choose the smaller Fleetinsel market by the water, where fairy lights twinkle on two antique sailing vessels.