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Would love to go to a Christmas Market...any recommendations?

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TimeForCake Wed 12-Oct-11 20:08:00

It's been on my to do list for years and this year Dh and I would really like to do it. Uk (would love Europe, but will have to wait for that!) but not really sure where to go, thinking maybe Oxford?? But all recommendations gratefully received. Ideally not more than 2.5 hours from London as will probably only ask grandparents to babysit for one night.
Any ideas??

KittyWalker Wed 12-Oct-11 20:09:27

I can recommend Birmingham's.

SickleBOO Wed 12-Oct-11 20:18:03

Was going to suggest Manchester. It's just over 2.5 hours on a good train, but not if you're driving. Lots of lovely food, drink, ornament, trinket type stalls. And the liqueur coffees are lovely when they get a bit heavy-handed with the booze grin

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Wed 12-Oct-11 21:40:13

Bury st edmunds has a lovely one, we go every year, its 3 days 25th-27th november really wonderful, food, drink, sweets, huge carosel, lovely gift stalls, wood craft, kids stuff, clothes its just lovely and has a beautiful atmosphere, its near the cathedral too and they have lots on aswell, the live natity etc

JjandtheBeanlovesUnicorns Wed 12-Oct-11 21:41:18

*nativity ofc

Toobluntforboss Wed 12-Oct-11 21:41:30

Another vote for Birmingham!

TwoNoisyBoys Wed 12-Oct-11 21:46:13

Yep, another vote for Birmingham, it's really lovely smile

dannyblanchflower Wed 12-Oct-11 21:53:16

Bath is lovely, train station in the city centre and you could visit the Spa too wink

KittyWalker Wed 12-Oct-11 22:07:48

Bath is ok, in fact very nice. I live about 40 mins from Bath and given the choice (time allowing) I would travel 2 hours to Birmingham's.

TimeForCake Wed 12-Oct-11 22:26:15

Would never have thought of Birmingham, so thanks! Will look into Bath, Manchester and Bury St Edmunds too.

Like the sound of all of these so far! smile

AnxiousElephant Wed 12-Oct-11 22:49:02

Lincoln and Bath are both really nice smile

AnxiousElephant Wed 12-Oct-11 22:50:31

The Lincoln one is set around the cathedral and castle grounds smile Bath reminded me of lots of holiday beach huts along the roads! smile with fairy lights!

greengoose Wed 12-Oct-11 22:57:47

Totnes!! about 2.5 hours by train, and a very lovely and original Christmas market the three Tuesday evenings before Christmas, with live music and really amazing crafts and street foods (bigger than Bath, believe it or not!)...... I think you can google it.
If you were here overnight you could also go to Dartmouth and the beach for hot chocolate.... all very romantic, and some amazing places to stay (Dartington Hall has lovely rooms which would be cheap on a weekday)....... worth a look for a very original christmas market!

TougherThanTheRest Thu 13-Oct-11 12:51:15

We did Winchester last year and it was lovely, beautiful stalls all set out around the cathedral with an ice rink.

gramercy Thu 13-Oct-11 12:54:35

Gosh - that Totnes one sounds divine. Love Totnes but am too poor and probably not Bohemian enough to pass the residency test. [Slight diversion: What is a rich Bohemian called?]

I went to Bath last year for a pre-Christmas break and it was fab including Xmas market.

TastesLikeBraiiiins Thu 13-Oct-11 12:58:04

Birmingham again! We happened upon it last year by accident (was attending the good food show in the NEC and had an evening to kill) and this year we are going back to the Christmas Fair and not bothering with the good food show!
It's good enough to make us drive up from Plymouth to go to it smile

mustdache Thu 13-Oct-11 13:00:05

YY to Birmingham from me too!

DH and I went last year and made a short break of it - I hope it's as good this year. smile

BerylOfLaughs Thu 13-Oct-11 13:01:45

Is there decent parking for the Birmingham markets? Would cost us £110 to go by train which is a bit much.

headfairy Thu 13-Oct-11 13:02:19

Have you thought about winter wonderland in Hyde Park? We went when ds was 18 months old and it was really quite crowded to be taking a pushchair, but it was really pretty. Lots of rides and stalls. Quite expensive though.

Last year we went to Bruges for the Christmas market... oh it was sooo beautiful, really cold and snowy. Soooo Christmassy.

A few years before that we went to Vienna for the Christmas market (that was pre children though so there was rather more Gluwhein drinking than shopping) and that was magical too.

I might have to persuade dh that we need to go to winter wonderland this year grin

LissieLovettsDeliciousPies Thu 13-Oct-11 13:28:50

we are going to Birminghams this year to get in the festive mood!

BloodandScumatron Thu 13-Oct-11 16:23:38

lissie I'm going to birmingham too this year.

Did bath last year and wasn't overly impressed with the market but it was still a lovely day trip iyswim

TaffyandTeenyTaffy Thu 13-Oct-11 16:31:07

Birmingham would be my first choice.
Bath one is lovely - but gets very crowded.
Would love to know if there is decent reasonably priced car parking in Birmingham as we are going for 2 nights/3 days in November and would prefer to drive (so we can buy lots of goodies)

greengoose Thu 13-Oct-11 18:45:23

Gramercy we are skint and we live in Totnes!! We have lots of skint friends too..... its just a lovely place to be skint (beach is free)....... everyone should move here, seriously.....

glitch Thu 13-Oct-11 18:57:09

When you talk about the Birmingham one, do you mean the NEC one? If so, is it not a bit functional rather than christmassy (not sure I'm explaining myself there!)

TimeForCake Thu 13-Oct-11 19:52:14

Now I am starting to feel Christmassy! Thanks everyone for all your ideas. There's lots to google now before I finally decide.

greengoose you make that sound so lovely!

headfairy I have been to Bruges and loved it, though it wasn't at Christmas. That is definitely on my list for future years!

Birmingham is obviously something special as so many of you have mentioned it. Any other advice about where to stay etc would be great if anyone has any particular recommendations. smile

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