Not feeling the warm, wintery hug of Christmas spirit just yet? Well, read on as we’ve put together a (Christmas) cracker of a list bringing you a selection of five yuletide markets you could be heading to by train this December to get you in the mood!
Edinburgh’s European Christmas Market
21 November 2014 – 4 January 2015
With more Santa’s than you can shake a stick at, this colourful Christmas market has found a home in the heart of Edinburgh for the past 20 years, just below the picturesque surroundings of the Mound. Chock full of crafters, artists, gifts and delicious Christmas treats, the market is running into the New Year, so no excuses! Buy your ticket using our cheapest fare finder and save money to spend on even more Christmas treats at the market.
Nearest train station: Edinburgh
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Manchester Christmas Markets
14 November – 21 December 2014
Those Mancunians certainly know how to put on a Christmas market! Pop along to Manchester centre for a wander down the chalet-lined streets to one of seven (yes, seven!!) markets, boasting over 300 stalls and gorge yourself on anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella and French profiteroles. Why stop at one?
Nearest train station: Manchester Victoria
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Liverpool Continental Market
20 November – 19 December
The Beatles aren’t the only thing ‘Fab’ about Liverpool. This Christmas, Liverpool is home to the Continental Market, serving up a huge slice of yuletide fun with plenty of food stalls to tickle those taste buds.
The continental market opens on Lord Street and Paradise Street on November 20 and runs until December 19.
Nearest train station: Liverpool Lime Street or Liverpool Central
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Birmingham New Street Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market
13 November to 22 December
Back again for its 12th appearance, in the heart of Birmingham, the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market will whisk you away for a taste of the Bavarian markets of Germany. As Birmingham is twinned with Frankfurt, the city makes the perfect spot to host traditional German stalls, selling pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, and knoblauchbrot, which can all be washed down with a glug of gluhwein. This year also sees the return of the outdoor ice skating rink if you fancy working off some of those delicious stolen bites…
Nearest train station: Birmingham New Street
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Winchester Christmas Market
20 November 2014 – Sun 21 December 2014
You don’t get locations more suited to hosting a Christmas market than an 11th century Cathedral! Which is just one of the many reasons a trip to Winchester by train this festive season is most certainly in order.
This German-themed market comes complete with an open air ice-rink and attracts more than 350,000 visitors each year, all wanting to pick up anything from a handmade stained glass design to a hot, Belgian waffle.
Nearest station: Winchester
Winter Festival with Natwest – Southbank Centre, London
5 November 2014 – 11 January 2015
If you like your Christmas markets with a little extra sparkle, then the surrounding London skylines at night are definitely the icing on the (Christmas) cake. The cosy clusters of wooden chalets make a return to the Southbank again this year, serving up anything from traditional Christmas decorations to lobster man ‘n’ cheese. Alongside the market, you’re invited to get lost in the Christmas Tree Maze, jump aboard the Southbank Centre Express, or step inside Royal Festival Hall and experience the breathtaking Slava’s Snowshow, or marvel at the gravity-defying acrobatics from Timber.
Nearest train station: London Waterloo
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So, have fun stuffing your faces with stollen, swigging mulled cider and shopping until you can shop no more, all with a few extra quid in your pocket from the savings you’ll hopefully have made by booking your ticket through National Rail Enquiries.
Happy Christmas everyone!