With less than one month to go till the big day, and December on the immediate horizon, Christmas is almost upon us! One of the fastest growing UK festive traditions are the Christmas markets that pop up in town centres up-and-down the country about this time of year. But what can you expect from them, and where are the best markets? Let Heat Holders guide you through some of the best the UK has to offer.

Manchester

Albert Square hosts most of Manchester’s festive fun, with the Town Hall decked in as many Christmas decorations as possible. Expect plenty of food options, and the drinks to be flowing, but also check out many of the boutique stalls, that may just carry the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas.

Birmingham

The Second City hosts the biggest German market hosted outside of the country itself, and is certainly worth dropping by. There are hundreds of stalls in Chamberlain and Victoria squares selling an assortment of delights, both culinary and otherwise. Doughnuts, traditional bier and filled pretzels will ensure you don’t leave with an empty stomach.

Edinburgh

With three Christmas markets, the Scottish capital has something for everyone this festive season. For those of you with the kids, Santa Land should be on your to-do list, with face painting and Christmas crafts galore! Then there’s a European market, stuffed to the brim with tasty treats from the continent and a Scottish market for good measure, with some of the best local seafood, Scottish brewed beer and traditional jewellery.

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