Christmas Markets Breaks in the UK

When you want to escape the madding crowds of the high street at Christmastime, take some time out at some of the best Christmas markets in the UK and really get into the festive spirit.

Pretty wooden huts are draped with flickering lights and the heavenly smell of Gluhwein and Bratwurst wafts through the air. Handmade gifts and toys, ice rinks, decorations and international foods all add to the magical atmosphere.

Who says you need to leave the country when you can visit some of the best Christmas markets right on your doorstep. And if you want to really make the most of the festive season, why not stay over in one of the wonderful luxury hotels?

Liverpool Christmas Markets

Where? – Lord Street and Church Street

When? – 21st November – 22nd December

Where to stay? – Hard Days Night

This funky boutique hotel inspired by the Fab Four is located in the Beatles Quarter of the city. The historic building features individually decorated high end rooms with a twist.

Hard Days Night

Winchester Christmas Market

Where? – The Cathedral and surrounding area

When? – 21st November – 22nd December

Where to stay? – Lainston House

This 17th century country house sits in the heart of Hampshire’s unspoilt countryside. Roaring log fires and peaceful grounds force you to change your pace and totally unwind. There are several festive packages that really let you get in the mood for Christmas.

Lainston House Hotel


Chester Christmas Market

Where? – Chester Town Hall Square

When? – 21st November – 18th December

Where to stay? – Peckforton Castle

When you stay at this magnificent castle you are only a short drive from the city of Chester. Take a trip back in time at the Victorian market and shop in true style. Where better to return to following a day of Christmas shopping than this grand residence?

Peckforton Castle


Durham Christmas Market

Where?  – The Castle and Cathedral

When? – 6th December – 8th December

Where to stay? – Seaham Hall

This 5 star boutique hotel has retained its historic charm and can be found in a wildly romantic setting by the coast, yet you are still close enough to visit the city’s Christmas markets. After a day exploring the quaint stalls, return to the hotel and indulge yourself with a spa treatment.

Seaham Hall

Exeter Christmas Market

Where? – Cathedral Green

When? – 21st November – 19th December

Where to stay?  – Combe House

This country house hotel is in a fantastic location close to the English Riviera, and is just half an hour drive from Exeter. The Cathedral provides an idyllic backdrop for the hive of activity at Christmas. In the evening you can look forward to warming yourself by the fire at Combe House and savouring the chef’s gastronomic delights.

Combe House Hotel

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Where? – Hyde Park

When? – 22nd November – 5th January (excluding Christmas Day)

Where to stay? – Egerton House

This beautiful townhouse in one of the swankiest parts of London blends Italian design with traditional elegance. Not only are you in a perfect location for hitting the high street, Hyde Park is just a short tube ride away. Explore the enchanting Winter Wonderland, where everyone can enjoy the magic of Christmas.

Egerton House

Bath Christmas Market

Where? – Bath Abbey

When? – 28th November – 15th December

Where to stay? – The Manor House

Book a Christmas market package at this delightful hotel and enjoy the warm atmosphere of the Georgian city of Bath. Wander around the colourful stalls and return with your shopping to one of the luxury rooms, where you can sink into the plump bed and handmade mattress.

The Manor House

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