14 December 2016

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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As the days grow short and the scarves grow longer, Christmas shoppers begin to count the hours until the big day. Christmas markets are always a good alternative to the busy atmosphere in shopping centres.

We’ve picked out a few of our favourites, to help make this a bother-free Christmas worth remembering.


The St Nicholas Fayre market boasts food aplenty, especially dishes that once roamed wild and free. Venison, wild boar and suckling pig share menu space with more exotic fare, such as kangaroo and ostrich. Expect plenty of folk in Victorian dress, carol singers en masse, and the smell of Christmas cooking wafting through the streets surrounding the York Minster.


The Manchester Christmas market is an award-winning event, it won the ‘Best Market Authorities’ award, and is a month-long celebration of all things yule. Running since 1998, it has been known to pull in close to 900,000 visitors. Across 200 stalls, the market flogs everything from cosmetics to toys, with plenty of food on offer, mulled wine and cinnamon treats guaranteed. 


Belfast’s own Christmas festival is particularly famous for the food, with Bratwurst and paella high on the menu. The non-edibles on sale at the Christmas Continental Market come from even more exotic climes: the Kenyan carpentry stalls look like they might furnish someone with a particular handsome present this year. There is also plenty on offer for kids as the Santa grotto is always something of a centrepiece.


Located in the snug streets around Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths, the Bath Christmas Market is housed in a collection of wooden chalets, with stalls specializing in handmade gifts and Yuletide nibbles. Among the more esoteric booths associated with this event is Bollywood Christmas bringing some Mumbai bling to your tree this year.

London (Hyde Park)

The popular London Christmas market is one of the countries most visited winter markets. Indulge in the annual gathering of winter markets, festive fairground rides, ice skating, grottos and glühwein galore.


Oxford Christmas market is a Germanic event, specializing in local arts and crafts with a particular emphasis on music performed by local musicians in the Oxford Castle. The market and festivities take place at Oxford Castle, affording visitors the chance for a stop of sightseeing once they’ve got the stockings sorted.

Christmas is a great period of the year to spend time with your family, whether you choose to do it in the winter markets or anywhere else, Discount Insurance offers competitive Home Insurance. Give us a quick call on 020 847 8000 today.