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Christmas markets in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Two Scottish Christmas market hot spots are the European Christmas Market in Edinburgh, and the quirky Etsy Made Local in Glasgow (disclaimer: hot = cold, but heartwarming nonetheless). Here are the other top picks from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - as chosen by Mumsnetters in the know

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The Scottish Market New Town, Edinburgh

A perfect stop if you're taking in the sights of Edinburgh at Christmas, the Scottish Market promises plenty of regional treats and unique wares. 

Little Birds Christmas Winter Market Leuchars/St Andrews, Fife

A charming market full of stalls selling vintage designs and handmade crafts, you're sure to pick up quirky and original presents at Little Birds Christmas Market. 

Midwinter Lights & Festive Market Cupar, Fife

Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens at Falkland Palace, enjoy the enchanting Christmas illuminations - and browse the festive market stalls too. 

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Cardiff Christmas Market, Cardiff

Known for its vast array of aristanal stalls - from ceramics and glasswork, to lotions and potions - mooching around the Cardiff Christmas Market is a lovely way to spend an afternoon in the city.

Pencoed Christmas Farmers Market, Pencoed

This free fair will feature 48 stalls celebrating handmade and local produce, as well as a bouncy castle and ball pit to entertain the little ones.

Swansea Christmas Market, Swansea

Enjoy Swansea at its festive best at this annual event, where punters will be able to sample regional delicacies such as seaweed gin. For younger guests, Santa's Grotto is not to be missed.  

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Northern Ireland


The Belfast Christmas market has a truly massive range of culinary delights, as well as shops for gifts to suit loved ones of all persuasions (or, of course, yourself). Importantly, there's also a Santa's grotto to support The Children's Cancer Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.

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