Top Ten Christmas Markets

We found this great article at the Daily Telegraph

It has helpful information rating the best Christmas markets to visit in the UK:

Salisbury Christmas Market 2013

Salisbury Christmas Market

Belfast Christmas Continental Market

When: ends December 20

Belfast’s City Hall gardens are turned into a village setting for the Christmas market. Visitors can wander its stalls sampling festive treats from Belgian chocolates and French tarts to various cheeses and German sausages.

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Manchester Christmas markets

When: ends December 23

Manchester hosts several markets throughout the city, from a German-style market at St Ann’s Square and French-themed stalls at King Street to arts and crafts at Exchange Street and a world Christmas market at Brazennose Street, selling an international selection of jewellery, leather goods and specialty foods.

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Cirencester Christmas Market

When: ends December 16

This quaint Cotswolds town is full of Christmas activities and events, from skating in the Abbey Grounds of the parish church to a lantern parade. Guests can explore gourmet foods from the Charter Market, antiques at Corn Hall as well as clothes, accessories and crafts from festively decorated chalets.

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Exeter Christmas Market

When: ends December 16

Devon’s cathedral city is hosting its first Christmas market this year on the historic grounds of Cathedral Green. Locals showcase a variety of hand-crafted gifts and foods including roast hog, Baklava, Belgian chocolates, crepes and specialty cheeses.

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Edinburgh Christmas markets

When: ends January 6

Edinburgh has a host of festive markets and fairs taking place into the new year. Visitors can choose from the traditional German Christmas market (ends December 24) to the Highland Village Christmas Market (ends January 6) offering the best of Scottish fare. St Mary’s Christmas Market (ends December 23) also features children’s activities and carol singing.

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London Christmas markets

When: ends January 6

Visitors can take their pick from several markets throughout the capital, from the traditional Southbank Centre Christmas Market (ends December 24) with its wooden chalet stalls to the festive extravagance of Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (ends January 6), with its giant observation wheel, ice rink and circus alongside the Christmas market.

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Isle of Wight Christmas Market

When: ends December 23

This new Christmas market, inspired by the designs of Austrian and German Christmas markets, is set at the Isle of Wight Military History Museum, featuring an indoor Dickensian High Street and a heated outdoor garden.

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Salisbury Christmas Market

When: ends December 16

Held at Guildhall Square, Salisbury’s new Christmas market includes a Father Christmas Grotto, musical performances from choirs and local schools as well as a colourful paper lantern parade.

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Christkindelmarkt in Leeds

When: ends December 16

This authentic German Christmas Market, set in the heart of Leeds at Millennium Square, offers various German delicacies including Bratwurst sausages, goulash and schnitzels, sold from German traders, carousel rides as well as live music from a Bavarian band.

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Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair

When: ends December 22

The largest authentic German market held outside Germany and Austria is in its tenth year. Visitors can soak in a small village atmosphere in Victoria Square, while enjoying a range of German fare from mulled wine and beers to meats and pastries. The Christmas Craft Fair next door extends onto Chamberlain Square, featuring various handmade gifts from local artists.

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We found this excellent and fantastic value tour that visits Salisbury Christmas Market

Salisbury Christmas Market Cathedral and Stonehenge

Tour Information

Two Amazing Days Out for Christmas 2013

Stonehenge and Salisbury Christmas Market

Saturday 30th November – Also Includes Advent Candlelight Carols at Salisbury Cathedral

Saturday 21st December – Also Includes a visit to Salisbury Cathedral



Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Christmas Market

Desirable Gifts

Gourmet Foods

Father Christmas Grotto

Spectacular Lantern Procession

Traditional music by local Choirs


We have two amazing days out for you for this Christmas 2013 with the highlight being a visit to what has been rated one of the best Christmas Markets in Britain at the historic, 1000 year old walled city of Salisbury also home to one of the best cathedrals in the world

Your first stop of the day is a visit to the World renowned and iconic stone circle at Stonehenge. Your tour there is guided by a local expert

From there on the 30th November you head next for most of the afternoon at the Salisbury Christmas Market before going to Salisbury Cathedral for the spectacular Advent Candlelight carol Service

On the 21st December after Stonehenge you will enjoy a guided tour at Salisbury Cathedral with a local expert and then from there you enjoy the rest of the afternoon and early evening at Salisbury Christmas Market



Henge’s are lonely and inspiring pagan temples, which never occur outside the British Isles. Hear about the many myths, legends and mysteries of this famous World Heritage Site of Stonehenge, built over 5000 years ago. Stonehenge is unique with its horizontal ring supported by megaliths. The sight you will see today is only the last stage in the amazing story

The famous Heel Stone was erected back in 3100 BC. Nearly six centuries later man was still adding to Stonehenge with the Y and Z holes being dug around the stones and even later still the Avenue was extended. Take time to reflect upon its powerful, mysterious presence and the ancient engineering and design. Why not visit the official gift shop for those souvenirs to make your friends envious of your experience

Salisbury Christmas Market

Rated by the Daily Telegraph in 2012 as one of the ‘Top 10 Christmas Markets in the UK’ you will find it to be one of the prettiest, loveliest and most tasteful Christmas Markets in the country

With beautifully decorated chalets, inspiring and desirable gifts and gourmet foods, a warm welcome from stall holders, a Father Christmas Grotto, a spectacular lantern procession, and traditional music by local choirs and schools to serenade you while you shop, all the ingredients for the perfect traditional Christmas

For further information see – Salisbury Christmas Market

We have a special arrangement and on arrival you will enjoy the ‘meet and greet’ service with a drop-off point within metres of the Christmas Market. Everyone then gets a Free attractive Christmas Market fliers and a street map

21st December Tour – Salisbury Cathedral

Explore the magnificent Cathedral crowned with the tallest spire in Britain and built by medieval craftsmen back in the 13th Century. Salisbury probably has the finest medieval cathedral in Britain

See one of the only four surviving original texts of the Magna Carta in the Chapter House. The Magna Carta is one of the greatest constitutional documents of all times, showing the agreement reach between King John and his barons in 1215 AD

For further information see – Salisbury Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral Advent Carols

Salisbury Cathedral Advent Carols










30th November Tour – Advent Candlelight Carols at Salisbury Cathedral

Late afternoon we go to spectacular Salisbury Cathedral for the amazing Advent Candlelight Carols.

This is a free event that works on a first come first served basis and to be sure you get in, we do need to get there a little time before the doors open

The wait will not be too long and whilst you are waiting, just in case of inclement weather you wait under cover and seasonal refreshments are available

Once inside you will appreciate that the short wait was worthwhile, when you experience Salisbury Cathedral’s much loved candlelit carol service. This service is a combination of readings interspersed with carols sung by both the choir and congregation, joined by a marvellous ensemble of trumpets, trombones and tuba

As this is a free event offered by the Cathedral we ask you to please make a donation to them either on the night or in advance on-line

Salisbury Cathedral Donation

Additional Information

December is a cold month and much of your day is outdoors so please wrap up warmly

This is a very popular tour, with limited availability and so to avoid missing out you will need to book early

Book early and receive a £20 discount

Departure from central London meeting point

Saturday 30th November

Departs 10.30am

Returns around 10.30pm

Saturday 21st December

Departs 9am

Returns around 9pm


Christmas Market by kind permission of Salisbury Christmas Market and Carols at cathedral by kind permission of Salisbury Cathedral

Donations to the Cathedral always welcome

Salisbury Cathedral Donation

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