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The Best Christmas Markets In The UK

There are so many wonderful things to enjoy about Christmas; time spent with the family, warm wintery drinks in the cold air, festive jumpers and twinkling lights, but best of all, the return of the Christmas Markets across the UK. There is no better way to get into the Christmas spirit than a trip around the markets with their trinket gifts, great food and diverse culture. Here at SMC Coach Hire, we love the Christmas Markets so much we’ve made you a list of our top five favourites to visit!

London – South Bank

London transforms into a glorious winter wonderland come Christmas. The old buildings and glittering fairy lights feel as though they have stepped straight out of a fairy tale. There are several Christmas markets to visit in London, but Southbank’s are a must. The Thame-side festivities are set against the backdrop of Big Ben and the Houses of parliament. These Christmas markets are great for all the family with many tasty treats to try, presents to purchase and family-friendly shows to watch. The markets will be available to visit until 6th January 2019.


For those who have always dreamed of visiting the famous German Christmas Markets but haven’t found time to make it across the sea fear not, Birmingham boasts the largest German Christmas Market in the UK. Hosted in front of the beautiful Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, visitors can snack on schnitzels and bratwursts while washing them down with a Bavarian beer or glÜwein (mulled wine) if you’re feeling extra festive. You can make the most of these Christmas markets until the 23rd December 2018.


Manchester Christmas Markets truly have it all and are the perfect place for a family outing. This award-winning European Christmas Market has a delicious array of food including the much loved Christmas Dinner wrap, Dutch pancakes, Spanish Paella and much more – yum! With many craft and gift stalls set across the city in wooden chalets, you can be sure you find all your stocking fillers as well as a treat (or two) for yourself. The markets will be staying in Manchester until 22nd December.


Set in the heart of the shopping district, Cardiff Christmas Markets are a place of wondrous creativity. Within the wooden chalets, you will find amazing food and tantalizing drinks to fill up on as you stock up on gifts. The focus of this extra special Christmas Market is hand-made products, meaning the gifts you buy have that extra special quality. You can explore these festive stalls until 23rd December.


Scotland’s fabulously artistic city is a must visit during the festive period. The Christmas markets are the perfect place to pick up some unique, quirky gifts, sample some delicious local street food and warm up with some wintery drinks. Kids will have a ball with live entertainment and a funfair to keep them entertained! If you want to try something a little unusual yet exciting why not join the 5k Santa Dash taking place on 9th December? St Enoch Square Christmas markets will be available until the 23rd December and George Square Christmas markets until 31st December.

Wherever your festive adventures take you this year, SMC Coach Hire is here for all your transport needs. Vehicles range from 8 to 75 seats, available in standard, executive or luxury. Use our online enquiry form for a free quote and receive a 5% discount.

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