Monday, 12 December 2011

What's On: Festive Edition

I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon or evening in December than wandering around a Christmas market with friends admiring the decorations and gifts, stopping to sample some of the fine foods on offer and maybe indulging in a mulled wine!

They're ideal for finding unique gift ideas and really put you in the Christmas spirit! 

These are some of many festive events taking place in the run up to Christmas

Skate At Somerset House 


Ice skate against the beautiful backdrop of Somerset House. Visit the signature Tiffany's blue box shaped shop and don't forget to stop by the Tiffany's tree, its decorations are inspired by the carousel in Central Park, NYC and the twinkling lights evoke the iconic Manhattan skyline. 
Until 22nd January. 

Southbank Christmas Market


Stroll along the Southbank to visit the range of stalls lining the Thames. The market features a wide variety of handmade crafts and gifts, alongside numerous food stalls.  
Until 24th December.

Winter Wonderland - Hyde Park 


Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park hosts a variety of attractions including a giant observation wheel, fairground rides and an ice rink alongside their Christmas Market. 
Until 3rd January.

Birmingham Christmas Markets

Birmingham is home to the largest German market outside of Germany and Austria making it one of the most popular to visit in the UK. Find the stalls around Victoria Square, New Street and Chamberlain Square. 
Until 23rd December.

Manchester Christmas Markets 


Browse the chalet lined streets of Manchester's Christmas markets around the city. The numerous markets include the large European market at Albert Square, the German market at St Anne's Square and a craft & gift market by The Triangle. 
Until 21st December.

Edinburgh Christmas Markets

There's lot's to see in Edinburgh this Christmas. Take a ride on the big wheel and visit the ice rink by the Scott Monument. Events will be taking place along Princes Street throughout December in the run up to Hogmanay. You can find the Christmas market in Princes Street gardens.
Until 4th Jan

Have you visited any Christmas markets this year?
What gets you in the festive spirit?



  1. I want to do all of these! I REALLY want to go skating at somerset house and visit winter wonderland! xxxx

  2. I've never been to a Christmas market, but from the pictures and your descriptions, it sounds like a LOT of fun!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  3. You really make me wanna skate!


  4. i've never been to a christmas market before, i'd love to though! i bet the tiffany's tree is amazing :) xx

  5. I haven't been to any Christmas markets this year, unfortunately! There doesn't seem to be any near me. x

  6. Aww I love these christmassy things! The south bank market + Winter wonderland look amazing! I've been to the Birmingham Christmas Market (my hometowwwn) and it is well worth a look :) lovely + festive although CHILLY!


  7. I'm back in the UK on Friday so can't wait to see what's going on in the South West!
    Emma xx

  8. I so desperately want to go to Winter Wonderland.. and everyone keeps posting about it! Eeeeek, makes me want to go even more!

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  10. Lovely post! Nothing beats this time of year!


  11. I went ice skating last week - at the Tower of London rather than Somerset House, but it was so fun - one of my favourite winter things to do!

  12. @Becca I'm bad enough walking along the street when it's icy but I'm happy to hold the bags and watch others ice skating! Winter Wonderland is lot's of fun! x

    @Laura Ahh they really are magical to wander round at this time of year :) x

    @Rowan Somerset House looks like the perfect venue for ice skating! x

    @Beth Ahh you must try to find one near you, they're really fun! x

    @Sophie Ahh no that's a shame, hope you get to one next year! x

    @Sarah I was at the Southbank one last weekend, really fun to wander around, but so busy! I must visit the B'ham ones one year! x

    @Emma I'm sure there will be some for you to enjoy in the SW! x

    @Katy Ahh no sorry! .. But yes you should go if you get chance, it's really fun wandering round all the stalls! x

    @Harriet I bet it was lovely skating by the Tower :) I hadn't realised their was a rink there too! x


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