Christmas Markets

(20 Posts)
WannaSplitAPineapple Mon 22-Jul-13 13:30:09

I know its too early to be thinking about Christmas but I want to book a Christmas market trip and I'm hoping if I book early enough it won't be silly expensive. The only problem is I don't know where to go. Has anyone got any suggestions as to the best Christmas market?

Floralnomad Mon 22-Jul-13 16:49:47

We went to Copenhagen last year and were less than impressed but my sister went to St Petersburg and said that was pretty good .

Oooh, watching this thread.

There was a thread last year about markets.
IIRC there's a good one in Birmingham (but I might be lying)

I quite fancy one of those bus tour ones where everything is booked and planned for you (in the local papers usually)

Do you want UK or abroad Pineapple?

50shadesofknackered Mon 22-Jul-13 23:52:58

I went to birmingham market last year and I really didn't enjoy it very much. It was heaving, the stalls seemed to be full of tat and it was all so expensive. That makes me sound really miserable, sorry.

Floralnomad Tue 23-Jul-13 00:16:12

50shades I think you've just summed up Christmas markets perfectly ! We were in Copenhagen on a city break not particularly for the Christmas market but TBH I think the Christmas market at Disneyland Paris is better than anything Copenhagen had to offer .

mmmmmchocolate Tue 23-Jul-13 12:14:11

You couldn't even get around Birmingham market last year. I don't think I'll even bother going this christmas.

Lurking to see what others suggest...

ratbagcatbag Tue 23-Jul-13 14:30:53

I've done Birmingham before, but did Lincoln last year,it was ace, they set it round all the historic streets so you meander past pubs, lovely shops, Christmas stalls and the cathedral. It was ace and I can't wait to do it this year. smile

starjules Tue 23-Jul-13 19:37:48

I did Berlin a few years ago which was lovely and there are hundreds of them, but I did think they were expensive. I went to Birmingham last year too and it was pretty awful! going to try lincoln this year.

Not heard a bad report about prague so that may be my next european one.

MrsDoomsPatterson Tue 23-Jul-13 19:40:07

Lincoln is too crowded, you're shoved in one direction, ten deep at the stalls. Urgh...

speedyboots Tue 23-Jul-13 19:41:50

The markets in Cologne are amazing. Definitely the best European ones I have been to. There are about five different ones each with a different theme and the food and mulled wine is lovely.

MrsPnut Tue 23-Jul-13 19:42:11

Lincoln is good if you are there at 10am on friday morning, you can get round and have a good look and be walking back to your car by the time the coach loads start arriving.

Don't even bother on saturday or sunday because it's carnage.

We've been to a few at the South Bank in London and TBH although they are nice to walk round, there's nothing there I want to buy and transport home.

Similarly Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.
Lots of traditional stalls but so busy I've no idea what they were selling (sausage and beer on loads of them grin )
I'll give WW a miss now- we queued for ages to get on a couple of rides and it was mobbed.

WannaSplitAPineapple Tue 23-Jul-13 22:52:33

Thanks for all the replies. I think after talking to my friends who are going we are sticking with the UK this year. Looks like Lincoln is worth a look so I shall see what they say to that.

ratbagcatbag Wed 24-Jul-13 07:12:47

Fair enough,I did lincolnmarket at 10am on Friday so maybe that's why it seemed nice. Winchester looked good on the website lastyeartoo. smile

blue2 Wed 24-Jul-13 07:15:23

Bath is pretty good, but you need to get your timings right! As someone upthread suggested, go very first thing, or leave it until after 6 when the coach loads have departed.

I've heard that Winchester is good, too.

Belugagrad Wed 24-Jul-13 11:55:07

I second Bath, really enjoyed it- also Westonbirt aberitum does a
Nighttime walk thing, so magical and worth the drive.

Witt Wed 31-Jul-13 11:26:52

We've been to Birmingham in the past and it was too crowded and all the stalls sold the same overpriced stuff. We've also been to Bath which is much nicer but also very very crowded (although I guess it might depend on the day you go). We did Winchester last year and it was ok, more original stalls but not many in total.

WholeLottaRosie Mon 05-Aug-13 21:35:30

I went to Lincoln once and it was way too busy for me. The last few years we've been to Chatsworth House and have just arranged this year's trip.
It's not a huge market but the atmosphere is so lovely and you can actually see what's on the stalls (unlike Lincoln!).
As well as the market you can walk round some of the surrounding grounds and the courtyard for free, if you want to pay extra there is the house itself - always decorated for Christmas in a different theme - and the gardens.
Then about a mile away is Chatsworth's farm shop with some really nice food gifts plus cafe.

The only downside is that traffic is bad if you go on a weekend and don't get there early enough but this year they are having the market over ten days to try and alleviate the problem.

IsaacCox Tue 13-Aug-13 13:34:53

We go to the Manchester Christmas markets every year. We love it. Lovely food, mulled wine, nice things to buy etc. Can't wait to go again this year.

ShakeAndVac Wed 28-Aug-13 00:02:12

The German Market in Leeds (Christkindelmarkt) is fantastic, and I love going there.
Genuine German stall holders who come over to the UK, and have a traditional fairground carousel, bratwurst sausages, gluhwein, and wooden tree decorations etc.
This article will help you get a good feel of what it's like! Can't wait until Christmas and I can go again now!
yorkshiretimes.co.uk/article/Festive-Spirit-At-Leeds-Christmas-Markets-Christkindelmarkt

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