AD | Okay I’m not going to lie, I’m bloody impressed with myself that we made it this far! But I’ve woken up this morning just dying to go to a Christmas Market. I appreciate we’re in the middle of a pandemic, but Christmas Markets are one of my favourites! That’s why, instead of going to them this year, I’m sharing ones I want to visit around the UK and the rest of the world. In collaboration with Hotels.com, but all views are my own.
So 2021 is getting closer, and with it comes the glimmer of hope of getting a vaccine. With that, the world might just be able to open up again! But until then we’ll just have to continue with travel wish-lists and concerts dreams. One thing I’m really missing this year is the Christmas Market. Don’t get me wrong, I hate how crowded and busy they are. Even at the best of times, you expect people to respect your personal space. But this respect seems to fly out the proverbial window when the market comes to town. They’re the epitome of Christmas spirit – getting angry at complete strangers, spending the cost of a house on some fudge, and leaving before you’ve had a chance to try some of the cuisine from around the world. It all ends so quickly! They’re the perfect opportunity to visit different parts of the UK, including London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bath and Edinburgh to name just a few. Just remember to check for any covid-related travel restrictions before you go, but hopefully these will be a thing of the past!
Back in 2017, I took you on a brief tour of the Glasgow Christmas Market that I went to with a couple of friends. While I had a fab day out with them, there was a bit of a disaster getting back to my flat… but we won’t go into that here. It’s been ages since I got to spend any real time in a Christmas Market, and so next year I swear I will be travelling to go to as many as I can! Even if that means spending a fortune in air travel and then using up all my leave purely on Christmas markets. But with sites like Hotels.com to help find the best priced accomodation for you, who can say no to a safe staycation? But rather than waffling any more, let’s look at the Christmas markets I want to see!
Christmas Markets in the UK
First up, let’s have a look at the ones closer to home that I could and want to visit next year.
- Winter Wonderland, London
Now yes I know this is one I’ve been to in the past, but I feel like we didn’t do it justice? If you want to read about my first experience of Winter Wonderland, you can find it here. But just know that if I were to go again, I would be there first thing in the morning, stay all day, avoid the rides, and actually eat in the market this time instead of walking for ages just to get a Nando’s. Most overpriced, overrated chicken out there in my opinion, but I’m open to be convinced otherwise! To find a hotel that’s suited to your staycation needs, remember to check out Hotels.com !
- Belfast Christmas Market
This one is a simple one to visit you would think. But trying to find time in December next year when the birthdays fall at weekends may prove difficult! However I will be leaving it at the top of my must see Christmas Markets for next year.
- Glasgow Christmas Market
Again, this shouldn’t be too hard. It’s one I’ve been to in the past, but I would love to go again. However next year I want to go and arrange to meet up with my friends who live in Glasgow. Who doesn’t love a good catch up over those mini waffles and mulled wine?
- Edinburgh Christmas Market
I have only been once before and it was fantastic. Rachel and I got this incredible chowder, and followed it with a hot chocolate with Amaretto… BEST. NIGHT. EVER! It helped that I had also driven through a snow flurry to get there, so I was already feeling festive.
- Bath Christmas Market
Okay so many people have told me I have to see the Bath Christmas Market. It’s definitely going on the list! Especially after reading Lisa’s post of her favourite stalls in the Bath Christmas Market!
Markets in the Rest of Europe
With leaving the EU in January (supposedly – I’m still doubtful they’ll pull it off), I was hoping to use December 2020 as the year to travel Europe and see some of these markets. But I guess I’ll have to wait now and hope for the best!
Having visited Prague in March last year, I have to admit I kinda fell in love with the city. That’s why I would love to go back and see it at Christmas!
I would love to visit Vienna at some stage anyway, given its reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Apparently the Christmas markets in Vienna are like nothing else!
This Swedish market is apparently one of the best in Europe – plus Switzerland is famous for its cosy winter festivals! If anyone’s looking for me, I’ll be in a wooden cabin near enough to the markets of Zurich and writing a sequel to Calm By The Christmas Tree!
And the Rest of the World!
I couldn’t be as narrow minded as to only look at the European Christmas markets, even if they are perceived by many to be the best. So the final two Christmas markets I can only dream of visiting are…
- Georgetown, Colorado
So apparently, over two weekends in December, gorgeous mountain town Georgetown transforms into a wonderland of Victorian carolers, roasted chestnuts, and horsedrawn wagon rides. Doesn’t that sound just perfect?!
- Christmas Village, Philadelphia
I’ve actually been to Philadelphia back in 2013, but only for a day, and I barely remember it now! SO I would love to return to see their Christmas Village! The Christmas Village allegedly aims to take you away to Europe with over 80 vendors dishing up continental cuisine and warming drinks in addition to a myriad of gifts from across the globe.
Where in the world would you most like to visit to see the Christmas markets? Or have you been to any on the above list? Let me know in the comments below and make me green with envy! I just chuckled to myself that I would look like The Grinch… Just remember, the UK governments have agreed that we can all travel to see friends and family within our Christmas Bubbles. While this is being allowed, it isn’t being forced on anyone. So respect each others’ choices whether they decide to travel to see family or not. Some of you may choose to stay in hotels, others in peoples’ homes, and it is not for any of us to police what people do. Whatever you decide, I hope you have a healthy and safe journey, and look forward to exploring the UK for staycations again in the near future!