Our Favourite UK Christmas Market Destinations

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and what better way to enjoy the build-up to it than heading off to a Christmas Market to get into the festive spirit. As well as the many Christmas Markets located in Central Europe, there are so many in the UK that are definitely worth visiting. We at Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport have worked out the best ones to go to this Christmas, with our partner hotels situated in great locations in these cities too. We’ve even let you in on a little secret to help you save money while visiting! ‘Tis the season for giving after all!

  1. Winter Wonderland, London

The biggest Christmas Market in London, Winter Wonderland, is located in Hyde Park and runs from November 21st to January 5th this year.

Hyde Park is located in the heart of London which makes it easily accessible from all 3 of our partner hotels listed below. Winter Wonderland is home to the world’s tallest transportable Observation Wheel which offers spectacular views of the city, as well as the UK’s largest open-air ice rink with a new après ski bar this year. This year’s theme is ‘A Christmas Carol’ which makes it one not to be missed.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel City of London 

Clayton Hotel Chiswick

Clayton Crown Hotel 

Manchester Christmas Market

The Albert Square Christmas Market runs from November 8th to December 21st this year.

The markets will also spread out to other locations including Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square. Manchester’s free and accessible to all award-winning Christmas Markets offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted German gifts with more than 300 beautifully decorated stalls spread across the city centre.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport

Birmingham Christmas Market

Known as the Frankfurt Christmas Market, the most authentic German market outside of Germany and Austria, in Birmingham runs from November 7th until December 23rd this year – a week longer than usual. This Christmas Market offers a large range of traditional goods and gifts and a selection of enticing food and drink. Pretzels and schnitzels will tempt your taste buds, all of which can be washed down with glühwein, Weissbier or delicious hot chocolate.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel Birmingham 

Cardiff Christmas Market

The Christmas Markets in Cardiff City Centre runs from November 14th to December 23rd this year. Mulled wine will keep you warm as you explore the stalls in the heart of Cardiff.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel Cardiff 

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds

Located at Millennium Square is Christkendelmarkt, Leeds’ famous Christmas Markets which runs from November 8th to December 21st this year turning the Square into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats and a traditional carousel.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel Leeds 

Belfast Christmas Market

The Northern Irish Christmas Markets in Belfast located at the City Hall grounds runs from November 16th to December 22rd this year. With over 30 international food traders, exotic burgers to French crepes, you’ll be sure to be leaving with a full tummy.

Where to Stay:

Clayton Hotel Belfast 

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