With the festive season just around the corner, the time for plenty of wine and kisses under the mistletoe is gathering momentum. Take a look at the bucket list we've made to help you make the most of the run-up to Christmas, more especially if you love the magical atmosphere of festive markets.
From the north of the country to the south, across the pond or the Channel, there's plenty of great places ready to get you in a festive mood with their tantalizing array of holiday themed stalls, ideal for grabbing those last minute gifts, and of course plenty of mulled wine and hot toddies.
With over 6 to chosen from, there's a market for everyone in Manchester this year, including French, German and European themed. They're all within the same vicinity, so if you want to go to them all it won't be too taxing on your feet. Most of the markets begin mid-November until a few days before Christmas, allowing you plenty of opportunity to have a taste of them all.
If you live in the south of England the Rochester Christmas market is a 'must'. Not only does Rochester have a market it also holds a Victorian Dickensian Christmas festival (2-3 December) which is well worth a visit. The festive market has a magical atmosphere, giving you the chance to eat roasted chestnuts, while supping hot chocolate laced with Baileys while you browse the stalls for unusual gifts and stocking fillers.
If you want to get into the festive mood but don't fancy trudging round a market take your seasonal spirit to the next level by watching the famous World Christmas Circus in Amsterdam. Focusing on classical and modern clowns, excitement and spectacular glamour this event will transform your festive season, and what's more it's in Amsterdam….need we say more!
Hop across the pond to experience Christmas markets American style. New York’s Union Square Holiday Market includes a dedicated 'Little Brooklyn' section when you can purchase Dap Kitsch bow ties, (you can never have enough bow ties!) and a wealth of various festive themed goodies.
The Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg has to be one of the top German contenders. Located in this mediaeval city the main market is held in Hauptmarkt, the largest square. Buzzing with quality hand-crafted goodies, mass produced goods are strictly forbidden, you can drink little boots filled with Glühwein, roughly translated to glow-wine, while munching of gooey gingerbread, spicy grilled sausages or little men made from dried prunes!
Get into the spirit if Christmas, take a trip into the festive season and have an awesome time whether you stay in Blighty or venture further afield.
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