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Our Top 5 Christmas Markets In The Uk

Tuesday December 3, 2013 by Marietjie Snyman

Finally, it's arrived! The festive season is upon us and there's plenty to celebrate! We've worked hard all year and now its time to eat, drink and be merry...so let's get this party started!

What better way to celebrate our favourite time of the year than by taking you on a tour of our top 5 Christmas Markets?

So hoho ho, and off we go!

Cardiff Christmas Market is set in the in the heart of the pedestrian area of Cardiff City Centre and the traditional chalets are beautifully decked in colourful festive lights against the backdrop of St John’s Church and surrounding areas. There's a focus on Welsh goods and crafts as you'd expect but the market also offers a diverse range of high quality, original products and gifts from the festive chalets.  Not to mention an irresistible selection of seasonal food and drink on offer where you can enjoy a glass of mulled wine to keep you warm whilst browsing.

So where to stay?  Brewery Quarter Apartments Kirsty from the apartments has already visited the market and gives it the thumbs up! “The Christmas market in Cardiff offers a wonderfully Welsh experience, offering gifts from Welsh love spoons to Welsh slate wine racks to Welsh cheeses and wine. For a cultural experience the Cardiff market is definitely worth a visit and what’s even better is our accommodation is only a 10 minute walk away from the city centre.”  

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market is a huge favourite with both residents and visitors from all over the UK and Europe. It's now the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the country and the centrepiece of the Christmas events calendar and is open until the 22nd December. Hosted in Victoria Square, this fantastic location provides a great back-drop and is handily only a few minutes walk from Birmingham New Street Station. Charming wooden cabins light up the streets with a festive glow, and there's a carousel to keep our younger visitors entertained as the sweet scent of mulled wine & mince pies fills the air!

So where to stay? Our SACO Birmingham – Brindleyplace apartments are just a 10 minute walk from Victoria Square and have everything you'll need for the perfect Christmas Market city break, including great city views.

Edinburgh's Christmas - The traditional and romantic Christmas Market in the heart of the Scottish capital offers a unique shopping experience for every visitor with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises. There's so much to do in Edinburgh this Christmas with shows, parties, lights and rides as well as the market.  The festivities continue right up until the 5th January so you can see in the New Year in real Scottish style. Stay with us why don't you?

So where to stay? Joanne at Dreamhouse Apartments is a big fan of the markets.  "Edinburgh is a well renowned tourist destination, not least over the festive period.  Our Scottish Capital city pulls out all the stops to bring in Christmas and the New Year with a bang!  ... This year promises to be even bigger and better and it is absolutely the perfect time to visit our beautiful city!  With the crisp winter air, the back drop of Edinburgh Castle and the festivities in Princes Street Gardens all to be experienced with a lovely glass of mulled wine to warm you up, it is not to be missed."

Bath Christmas Market - This Christmas Market is a real gem and up to the 15th December the quaint old streets of this World Heritage City are transformed into a Christmas shopper's haven. In the heart of Bath's main shopping district, more than 150 traditional wooden chalets adorn the streets, each one offering unique, handmade and unusual gifts, decorations and food items - everything you might need for the perfect Christmas celebration.

So where to stay?  SACO Bath – St James’s Parade apartments are only a 5 minute walk from Bath Abbey and you'll be hard pressed to choose between the beautiful studios, and the one and two bedroom apartments. You will however, not struggle to see more of Bath this winter!

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK. Located on Millennium Square in the heart of Leeds and running until  the18th of December, this market is a must visit attraction for all the family. There’s something for everyone from the kids favorite Christmas carousel to stalls with handcrafted toys  and decorations, speciality food and drink; the Alp Chalet Bavarian eatery providing a warm and cosy place to sit and enjoy authentic German fare; and the Frankfurter Scheune - a beautifully themed festive meeting hall.  

So where to stay? Local girl Samantha from Kspace Waterloo Court Apartments has an idea! "Leeds market is a great attraction for the many visitors coming to Yorkshire due to its continental festive atmosphere in the heart of the city centre. Our apartments are an ideal place from which to visit the markets as they offer flexible accommodation less than a ten minute walk from the heart of the markets making them a perfect base to explore a variety of stalls. Its a great time to visit Leeds to explore the abundance of retail facilities on offer"

So, there we haff it!

If we've whetted your appetite and you're planning a visit to any of the Christmas markets then staying in a serviced apartment is a convenient, cost effective option. Book a two bedroom apartment for the whole family or a group of friends to all stay together and share in the festive fun on offer. So dig out those dodgy Christmas jumpers, wrap up warm and let the festivities begin! 

The PAS Team

How to stay in touch with us! 

Travelling to see family and friends this festive season? Why not stay in a luxury serviced apartment? With apartments located all over the UK you are able to stay in your desired location. Contact our sales team today to book your apartment

Tel: 020 7704 6514 or email: sales@prestigeapartments.co.uk


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