The Best Christmas Markets in the UK & Ireland

Two women browsing a stall at a Christmas market

At BSC, we are lucky enough to share our school locations with some of the best Christmas Markets in the UK and Ireland! The perfect place to practice your English, and feel festive, read on to discover our favourite Christmas Markets to visit this December.

The Best Christmas Markets

Edinburgh

Aerial view of Edinburgh Christmas Market

Edinburgh Castle and Edinburgh’s Christmas Market from the Scott Monument. Photo courtesy of Kenny Lam/VisitScotland

A short walk from our BSC Edinburgh school lies a fanfare of festivities. This popular Christmas Market in Scotland has rides (fairground attractions), an ice rink and market stalls offering mulled wine, traditional foods and seasonal treats. Lose yourself in the Christmas Tree Maze with the beautiful Edinburgh Castle overlooking above.  Edinburgh’s Christmas Market is open until 4th January, 2020 so there is plenty of time to visit!

London – Winter Wonderland

View of London Bavarian Market Winter Wonderland

Bavarian Village, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Image courtesy of Winter Wonderland.

Experience Christmas in the capital at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland. Notably the largest Christmas Market on our list, we recommend spending a whole day at Winter Wonderland so you can explore the entire space. With so many attractions to see we recommend paying a visit to the Bavarian Village, Thor’s Tipi Bar and the many Christmas Market stalls. Open until 5th January.

York

Christmas tree in York

York town centre Christmas lights. Image courtesy of Visit York

If you want a quintessentially British festive experience, York’s Christmas Market, St Nicholas Fair, showcases the very best of Yorkshire produce at the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village. Celebrate local crafters and makers and pick up a handmade Christmas gift before enjoying some roasted chestnuts and mulled wine. Make sure to plan your visit soon, as it’s only open until 22nd December.

Oxford

Oxford Christmas Market. Image courtesy of NiRa Events

Another traditional Christmas Market, Oxford’s historic architecture makes the perfect backdrop for Christmas Carolling. The Oxford Christmas Market celebrates 10 years this in 2019, so expect to see artisanal gifts and festive foods. Visit Oxford Christmas Market between 5th and 21st December.

Dublin

View of Dublin Christmas-Market

Dublin Christmas Market. Image courtesy of Dublin International Foundation College

Opening our newest school, BSC Dublin, means we have a brand new Christmas Market to explore! Unlike the markets already spoken about, Dublin has lots of smaller Christmas Markets rather than one central one, which means you can visit a different one each week. From Christmas at the Castle to Christmas Market on the Green (only on Sundays), discover all the Dublin Christmas Fairs you can visit.

Manchester

View from above Manchester Xmas markets

Manchester Christmas Market – Copyright Manchester City Marketing

Celebrate a Cosmopolitan Christmas at one of Manchesters Christmas Market’s. With lots of different market sites across the city, hosting over 300 market stalls, they are a great way to get into the festive spirit. Manchester’s Christmas Markets are especially known for the range of tasty international foods, including Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella, traditional Bratwurst and even an old-fashioned hog roast.


We hope you enjoyed this guide to the best Christmas markets in the UK and Ireland. If you want to discover more and of the UK and improve your English at the same time, then why not check out our English language courses at one of our British Council accredited English language schools.

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About Jade

Jade is a reader, writer and researcher with an MA from the University of Brighton. When she’s not watching horror films or chilling with her cat, she enjoys exploring Brighton in search of the city’s best vegan roast.

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