12 days of GC Christmas: Day One - Christmas markets to visit!

Top Christmas Markets to get you into the festive spirit across England from 10th-23rd December

As part of our 12 days of GC Christmas, we are sharing a new blog post each day to get you into the festive spirit! Day One begins with the top Christmas markets to visit to make you feel festive. 

1)   Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park 

Winter Wonderland in London has it all! From rides to festive games, copious amounts of Christmas food, plenty of mulled wine and tonnes of German style market stalls. Held in Hyde Park, this Christmas market is sure to be one that gets you right into the festive spirit. A top tip is to visit the Ice Kingdom as well as go ice skating – just make sure that you wrap up nice and warm. Entry into Winter Wonderland is free and there is no need to book. However, entry to the attractions will cost and you’ll need to book tickets. Head over to their website to find out more: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com

2)   Winter Wonderland, Nottingham 

Nottingham have gone all out this year with their Winter Wonderland with German Style chalets filled with wonderful gifts and food. Situated in the market square is a big ice rink to show off your ice-skating skills as well as an ice bar. Entry to the market is free but tickets do need to be purchased for the other activities and booking is recommended for the bar experiences. Head over to their website for more information: http://www.nottinghamwinterwonderland.co.uk/market.html

3)   Christmas Emporium, Lincoln Castle 

 A first experience for Lincoln Castle, after the normal Lincoln Christmas Market has finished the fun won’t end as Lincoln Castle will be holding their emporium from the 15th-22ndDecember. There will be a Victorian inspired Light show, Christmas craft stalls and even a cosy tipi to keep warm in. Head over to their website for more information including ticket prices and opening times: https://www.lincolncastle.com/content/christmas-emporium.

4)   York Christmas Festival, York 

Held between 15thNovember-23rdDecember – this iconic Christmas Market offers it all. From a yuletide village to traditional Christmas gifts, there is bound to be something that will catch you eye at St Nicholas’ Market in York. And of course, don’t forget to visit the big man himself in Santa’s Grotto. For more information including opening times, head to their website: https://www.visityork.org/whats-on/st-nicholas-christmas-fair-p873461 

5)   Manchester Christmas Market

Streets lined with chalets, this market has become hugely popular with many making it a necessity to visit Manchester around Christmas! From traditional Bratwurst to mini dutch pancakes, the food at this market is sure to make your mouth water. There is also the Ice Village to explore and the ice rink to visit. For more information, make sure you head over to their website: https://www.visitmanchester.com/shopping/manchester-christmas-markets-p327351.


Which Christmas Market is a must have for you to visit to get you into that Christmas Spirit? We’d love to know!