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The History of Christmas Markets in the UK

Christmas Markets in the UK were very popular until Oliver Cromwell banned the celebration of Christmas in the fashion people had become used to and this affected the Christmas Markets which died out instantly. There were, of course, many markets in Britain during the Victorian era which would sell Christmas related products and foodstuffs in the run-up to Christmas but they were not known as Christmas Markets.

Christmas Markets, Events & Breaks in the UK

UK Christmas Markets often have continental themes bringing over French, German or Italian traders. There are traditional German markets in many UK cities and towns including Leeds, London, Glasgow and Oxford. Please see our Christmas breaks section for a wide choice of Christmas market coach tours, seasonal breaks by air and rail and fabulous hotel offers.

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Christmas By The River at London Bridge City

Open: 26 November 2019 – 5 January 2020 About this event Christmas by the River returns to illuminate London Bridge…

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FREE
Location
London
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5.00 / 5
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40820
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Oxford Christmas Market

With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls…

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FREE
Location
Oxford
Rating
5.00 / 5
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40763
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Bath Christmas Market

Open: 28th Nov – 15th Dec 2019 About this event Bath Christmas Market transforms the historic West Country city into…

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FREE
Location
Bath
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5.00 / 5
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40529
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Chichester Christmas Market

A fantastic array of festive stands, in Chichester’s North Street and East Street for nine days in December. This is a fabulous opportunity to find a spectacular range of top quality crafts, unusual and individual gifts for all your friends and family.

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Location
Chichester
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5.00 / 5
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40021
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Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre

Open: 28th November – 1st December 2019 About this event The Victorian Fayre was first started back in 1992 by…

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FREE
Location
Worcester
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5.00 / 5
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39386
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Southampton Christmas Market

Open: November 14th – December 23rd 2019 About this event Southampton’s Christmas Market will host over 40 chalets selling unique…

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FREE
Location
Southampton
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5.00 / 5
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37734
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Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Browse over 180 picturesque stalls at this traditional German Christmas market, enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of the bustling city centre.

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Location
Birmingham
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5.00 / 5
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36925
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Edinburgh Christmas Market

Whether you are looking for distinctive hand-made gifts, stocking up your cupboards or simply soaking up the atmosphere, Edinburgh Christmas Markets will make your Christmas shopping sparkle.

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Price
FREE
Location
Edinburgh
Rating
5.00 / 5
Views
31345