With the colder weather arriving in the UK, the season for Christmas markets is upon us! We think one of the best ways to get into the festive spirit is to visit one of the many Christmas markets around the UK – whether in your university city or further afield.

Christmas markets are a wonderful way to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season, do some essential gift shopping and nibble on some tasty treats. Just remember to wrap up warm when you venture out! And if the cold is still getting to you, there are plenty of winter warmers like mulled wine and roasted chestnuts on offer.

One of the most atmospheric Christmas markets is on London’s Southbank, where twinkling lights surround the wooden chalets, which sell everything from handmade crafts to gourmet ciders, all set against the stunning backdrop of the Thames and the Houses of Parliament. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is also worth a visit, although expect significant crowds and queues at peak times.

Up in Edinburgh, East Princes Street Gardens is the place to enjoy shopping for unique gifts and gorging on Christmas flavours. There’s a Scottish section and a European section, giving this market a great mix of festive influences and there’s even a winter ice rink nearby for those who aren’t worn out by all their Christmas shopping and fancy taking to the ice to show off their skills.

Studying in Birmingham? Here, it’s the German and Austrian influences that bring Christmas traditions alive. The city hosts the biggest Christmas market outside of Germany each year. This year, visitors can expect something extra special as the stallholders celebrate 50 years of the Christmas market being held in Birmingham.

For arts and crafts, Cardiff’s Christmas market is one of the most engaging in the country. Whether you’re looking for exquisitely crafted candles or handmade jewellery for a certain special someone, this is the place to find it.

If you enjoy festive entertainment as well as a bit of retail therapy, the Leeds Christkindelmarkt has a great family vibe. Sparkling lights and the smell of pine trees mingle with the sounds of the Christmas carousel and a host of German delights, from gluhwein to gingerbread.

Students in Exeter get to see the gorgeous cathedral hosting the stalls in its grounds. Independent local craftspeople rub shoulders with international traders to deliver a delightfully unique Christmas shopping and eating experience to the city every year.

If we haven’t mentioned your city here, don’t worry! Almost all UK cities host some kind of Christmas market these days, so keep an eye out for local events to ensure you make the most of the festive season.

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