Luxury Christmas Markets Guide
Now the weather is getting frostier, the nights are darker and the Christmas tree decorations are being hauled down from the loft, the festive season is most definitely upon us.
Over the last decade there has been no better way to celebrate the start of the festive period than visiting a local Christmas market. Ideal for family days out, catch ups with friends and last minute present dashes, it is easy to see why German-style markets have become synonymous with Christmas in the UK.
As big believers in the quality and power of of luxury products, like our Old Manor Collection of wooden bedroom furniture, we have found the best Christmas markets in the UK for truly special items and experiences. As we take you through our top choices, we will highlight some of the stalls, food and experiences that are perfect if you are after a little bit of luxury this Christmas.
In the capital there are a few markets to choose from including Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and the Leicester Square Christmas Market. However, the riverside setting and Nordic-inspired architecture makes the Winter Market at Southbank Centre a must do for you are living in, or heading to, London in December. Featuring some of the best local London and UK businesses, this market is one of the prime locations for quality gifts and delicious food. From exquisite sheepskin rugs to eye-catching festive door wreaths, you will find a wide variety items while browsing this beautiful market. The Winter Market at Southbank Centre is open between 10 November and 30 December.
Eat… at Jimmy Garcia’s latest pop-up food venture Jimmy’s Lodge located on Queens Walk, next to Waterloo Bridge. At this unique dining experience, you can feast on a selection of gourmet dishes from traditional alpine fondue and artisan charcuterie to wild boar and apple hot dogs served with parmesan and truffle oil topped fries. For a more special meal, you can hire out one of four private dining snowglobes in The Refuse, which seat up to 10 people.
Experience… the Finnish Rooftop Sauna at Queen Elizabeth Hall. A collaboration between Aalto University (Helsinki) MA students and Finnish sculptor Jaakko Pernu, this beautifully crafted rooftop sauna brings together the ultimate in relaxation and bespoke artistic commission. Reaching temperatures of 90 degrees celsius you can sit back, rest your feet and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the River Thames.
People travel from all over the country to visit the Edinburgh Christmas Markets and it is easy to see why. Spanning a number of locations across the city, these markets have a traditional and romantic feel and feature some of the most bespoke items at any Christmas market in the UK.
Alongside the famous markets, the City hosts a huge variety of parties, events and decorations to ensure the streets of Edinburgh are filled with the sights and sounds of Christmas. This makes the city a must-do for anyone looking for a festive outing with an extra bit of flair. The markets are open from 18 November - 6 January, between 1 - 8pm.
Recognised as one of the top European Christmas markets thanks to its stunning backdrop and special shopping experiences, the Bath Christmas Market is the ideal location if you want to mix a bit of retail therapy with beautiful historic surroundings. Boasting over 200 chalets filled with local and luxury handcrafted items it is a one-stop-shop for unique Christmas gifts that you won’t get anywhere else. The Bath Christmas Market is open every day from Thursday 23 November - Sunday 10 December.
Shop… at Honey Willow for truly a special Christmas gift for your loved one. This stunning collection of personalised jewellery is all handcrafted in Bath making each piece different. With a character and finish you won’t find in machine-made pieces, Honey & Willow uses the best materials and processes to provide its customers with gifts that truly tell a story.
Treat… your dog to gourmet food at Four Legged Fancy. Providing the perfect accompaniment to our luxury wooden dog beds, this award-winning dog bakery makes hand-made, natural and tasty treats for canine companions. From pies and ‘pupcakes’ to biscuits and chews, all products are wheat-free and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives making them the perfect Christmas buy for your pampered pooch.
Spanning a number of gorgeous locations across the city, York’s St Nicholas Fair is packed full of food, drink and gifts that offer something different. Featuring Scandinavian-style stalls trimmed up with twinkling lights and delicious festive smells adorning the streets is a sure-fire way to get anyone in the Christmas spirit. From small business showcases to established products, there is a wide variety of luxury and handmade items on offer. St Nicholas Fair is open every day from 16 November - 22 December.
Drink… at Thor’s Tipi Bar. Warm up with log fires, cosy furs and sparkling fairy lights at Thor’s Tipi pop-up bar in Parliament Square. Serving a great selection of craft ales, mulled wines and decadent hot chocolate, this is the perfect place to unwind after a long day on your feet.
Experience… the Made In Yorkshire Yuletide Village. Hosted in a traditional wooden lodge, this unique market helps you discover some of the region's most talented designers and manufacturers. From delicate blown glass to hand-carved oak signs, there is something to suit even the hard-to-buy for at this individual Christmas market venue.
Offering the largest authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria, the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Victoria Square is the heart of Christmas in the Birmingham. With over 120 stalls, events and live music performances, the Frankfurt Christmas Market has something for everyone.
With retailers selling items such as clothing, skincare, accessories, home, food and much more, there is fabulous selection of tempting cuisine, beverages and presents on offer here. From handcrafted wooden decorations and delicate glass baubles to crystal lamps and rich leatherwork, if it is luxury you are after, you can be sure you will find it here. Open from 16 November - 24 December.
For those who want to venture little further from home, the following Christmas markets across Europe provide a genuine experience and are perfect for finding unique, deluxe gifts for your loved ones.
Dresden Striezelmarkt - Germany
As Germany’s oldest Christmas Market, you won't experience any as authentic as this. Located in the heart of the baroque city of Dresden, there’s 11 completely different markets on offer here. With shops ranging from the traditional to the trendy, there is no better place to find more opulent gifts in Europe. The Dresden Striezelmarkt runs from 29 November - 24 December, discover more here: www.dresden.de
Strasbourg Christkindelmarkt - France
Named as the ‘Capital of Christmas’, what makes the Strasbourg Christkindlmarkt stand out is its culture. Deep-rooted in Alsatian philosophy this market is all about celebrating with family. Feast on local delicacies such as foie gras and browse a selection of intricate wooden toys, hand-blown glass candles and more in the stunning setting of the palace de la Cathédrale. The Strasbourg Christkindlmarkt runs from 24 November - 30 December, discover more here: https://noel.strasbourg.eu/en/les-marches-de-noel
Prague Christmas Market - Czech Republic
The memorable atmosphere at the Prague Christmas Market simply exudes the spirit of Christmas. As a key part of the festive magic across the Czech Republic, the bright lights of the market brings locals and tourists together. Known for its delicate and elaborately decorated tree decorations, Prague is the place to visit if you are after truly special touches that will last in your home. The Prague Christmas Market runs from 2 December - 6 January, discover more here: https://www.pragueexperience.com/events/christmas-markets.asp.
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