Planning a festive shopping trip? A new poll of 2,000 people has revealed the best Christmas markets in the UK, and the results are the perfect guide to the biggest and brightest markets to visit in your area.
Those quizzed during the survey, which was conducted by hotel chain Premier Inn, decided that Chatsworth Estate in the Peak District is home to the best ‘all-round’ Christmas market in the UK, achieving the highest overall score of all of the markets covered by the research.
Chatsworth Estate also came top for its food and drink, although the best market for kids entertainment was found to be Leeds Castle in Kent, while those hoping to impress a date should head to Christmas by the River in London.
According to the study, seven in 10 people go to a Christmas market to feel festive, and 42 per cent attend for gifting inspiration. The average spend during a trip is £41, and most are willing to travel for nearly an hour and a half to get to their favourite market.
So, whether you want to stay close to home, or are willing to travel for your top choice, here’s the ultimate guide to the best Christmas markets in the country:
The best Christmas markets in the UK – ‘Gold’ ranking
• Chatsworth Estate Christmas Market
• Edinburgh Christmas Market
• St Nicholas Christmas Fair – York
• Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market
• Christmas Market at Greenwich
• Norwich Christmas Market
• Manchester Christmas Market
• Bath Christmas Market
• Kingston Christmas Market
• Hyde Park Winter Wonderland
The best Christmas markets in the UK – ‘Silver’ ranking
• Lincoln Christmas Market
• Christmas By The River, London
• Chester Christmas Market
• Southbank Centre Winter Market, London
• Newcastle Christmas Market
• Glasgow Christmas Market
• Durham Christmas Festival
• Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
• Christkindelmarkt, Leeds
• Blackpool Christmas Market
Consumer expert Alice Beer said of the findings: ‘Visiting Christmas markets is a tradition for millions of Brits. While many of them have their roots in traditional German markets, there’s nothing more British than wrapping up warm and attending one of the many found across the country.
‘More than a third of our respondents visit a Christmas market every year without fail, showing how big a part of the festive season they have become.’
See you in the crowds with a mug of mulled wine!