Christmas is just around the corner, but that doesn’t stop us from getting in the festive spirit now. Whether this is your first Christmas together or your tenth, throw on your Christmas jumpers and get out there — there is something for everyone to enjoy.
At Stagecoach, we understand that young couples don’t want to break the bank, so we have created a list of some of the best yet affordable Christmas markets around the UK. Wrap up warm and remember to capture plenty of selfies for Instagram!
Christmas in London is magical! If you’re looking for something a little more populated with lots of activities, London is the hot-spot to go to. Why not take a trip to Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park? You won’t regret it as there is nothing that you can’t do, whether you want to go ice skating or visit the circus!
Even if you can’t make it in time for Christmas, Winter Wonderland stays open after the Christmas period has cooled off. Finish off your day in the capital with a trip to Buckingham Palace and take a selfie outside of the iconic landmark.
Booking is strongly advised for Winter Wonderland in London, just to be on the safe side given the event’s high demand.
Open: 17th November – 1st January
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle transforms into the Christmas Capital during December and you don’t want to miss it. If you’re a lover of great architecture, this market is located just under Grey’s Monument at the top of a long and narrow street with plenty of coffee shops and restaurants close by if the cold gets a bit too much!
If you want to experience different cultures, this is the market for you. Retailers from across Europe come to Geordieland to sell their traditional dishes, delicious treats and unusual beverages in romantic wooden huts that are decorated to get you in the festive mood. Once you’ve indulged in enough food from around the world, why not look for a unique gift for your other half – just make sure they’re not looking when you buy it!
If you want to do something slightly more active, head to the ice rink next to the Centre For Life – you’ve got every excuse to hold your partner’s hand as you skate around the rink, especially if you’ve forgotten your professional skater tricks!
Open: 11th December – 17th December
The Germans are known for their beer festivals, and they always make their way to Birmingham for Christmas! Located in Victoria Square, the market makes a great setting for any Instagram post – with bright lights, big trees, fountains and the must-ride iconic carousel.
There are plenty of stalls for you to visit — 180 to be precise — and you’ll definitely see something that catches your eye, whether it is a gift for your parents or bespoke jewellery that will represent your relationship.
Grab a hot chocolate with marshmallows and have a stroll around the Christmas Village, remember to check-in on Facebook and share those couple goals!
Open: 17th November – 29th December
There’s nothing more magical than a lit cathedral towering over a Christmas market on a cold winter’s night. The wooden huts are taken over by different continents of the world, making for a fun evening of food tasting from different cultures and a unique date night for you and your partner!
If you both love music, this Christmas market has a bandstand which will be full of entertainment. Don’t forget to join in and sing some of your favourite Christmas carols – we know that it can be too hard to resist!
Once you’ve explored the Christmas market, there are two more close by, one on Castle Street and the other on Fore Street. Make sure to grab a hot drink to keep you warm for the walk and a Christmas cookie won’t hurt either, will it?
Open: 16th November – 17th December
If you’re a fan of scenes that you see in the movies, head to Lincoln to make it a reality – this market’s backdrop is iconic, with both a castle and cathedral towering over the 280 stalls. If you’re a fan of freshly baked goods, look no further and if you want something more than a Christmas cookie, hot food is the market’s speciality. You’ll definitely want to make a return next year!
In addition to the wooden huts, stores along the cobbled street make their way outdoor to add a little more magic to the Lincoln market, allowing you to shop at places you might not have dreamt of entering before.
Take your relationship to new heights by taking a trip on the big wheel and other fairground rides, remembering to capture that perfect selfie towering over Lincoln. Although the duration of this market isn’t long, it’s worth going!
Open: 7th December – 10th December
There you have it — what market are you and your loved one going to this year?
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