Visiting Christmas markets is a tradition for millions of Brits

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and there is no better way to get in the spirit than with with a good old Christmas Market. According to a study by hotel chain Premier Inn, more than a third of Brits visit a Christmas market every year without fail, showing how big a part of the festive season they have become. Consumer expert Alice Beer said: “visiting Christmas markets is a tradition for millions of Brits.”

“While many of them have their roots in traditional German markets, there’s nothing more British than wrapping up warm and attending one of the many found across the country.

Researchers found seven in 10 people go to Christmas markets because they make them feel festive, and 42 per cent say they get great inspiration for gifts.

Brits are also likely to shell out a whopping £41 per visit to a Christmas market, with nearly two-thirds picking up some Christmas shopping at one.

Respondents are also willing to travel for nearly an hour-and-a-half to get to their Christmas market of choice, and a quarter have taken a mini-break in the UK to coincide with a festive fair.

It also emerged that in order to charge up their batteries for the Christmas season, 37 per cent of those polled, via OnePoll.com, say they need a holiday before the period gets into full swing.

A further three in 10 believe they need to de-stress after Christmas shopping, and 34 per cent like to spend more quiet time with their family.

However, almost one in five are simply using up holiday days before the end of the year.

John Annoh from Premier Inn said: “Over the years, Premier Inn has seen Christmas markets become increasingly popular so we wanted to reveal the ones which Brits rate the best.

“It’s great to see the public exploring what the UK has to offer at this time of year by travelling far and wide to shop for presents and get into the festive spirit.

“With over 750 locations across the country, Premier Inn is perfectly located near all of the nation’s favourite Christmas markets and is a great place to start your festive trip.”

We’ve been looking for the best Christmas markets 2018 has to offer in Lancashire and Yorkshire. To be quite honest we’ve been spoilt for choice. In no particular order here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets 2018.

1St Nicholas Fair York

15 Nov 2018 – 23 Dec 2018

St Nicholas Fair is at the very heart of Christmas activities within the City of York.

Over 100 traditional style chalets with twinkling fairy lights can be found along Parliament Street, St Sampson’s Square, The Judge’s Lodging and Coppergate.

Last year Visit York reported a footfall of 1 million visitors to the Christmas market.

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2Manchester Christmas Market

9 Nov – 22 Dec 2018

Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets 2018 return this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.

With more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre including Carthy & Black who will be serving up festive “cheers”, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.

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3Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market

9 Nov – 22 Dec 2018

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel ride and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

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4Skipton Christmas Market

2 & 9 Dec 2018

The UK’s Best Large Speciality Market Award Winning Christmas Market runs the full length of the High Street alongside many local charity and gift stalls selling everything you could want for your friends and family.

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5Harrogate Christmas Market

15 – 18 Nov 2018

Held on The Stray in the historic Montpellier Quarter of Harrogate town centre, this four-day festive market will be filled with high quality Yorkshire and Harrogate products. This year it is expected to have nearly 200 stalls selling everything from Yorkshire cheeses and chutneys to handmade gifts and Christmas decorations. Not forgetting Santa’s Grotto and real reindeer!

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6Christmas Market Rawtenstall – The Clog Market

25th November

Rawtenstall have a great market full of fabulous makers and creators with their wonderful handmade gifts plus delicious food, drink and music. The town centre churches will be on the town square and are planning a live nativity plus childrens activities.

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7Burley Christmas Market

View of Burley Christmas Market Credit: Ian Lamond Photography

The community of Burley in Wharfedale, near Ilkley, West Yorkshire, has stepped up to make sure its popular Christmas Street Market continues alongside the village’s lights switch-on and indoor craft fair.

The Burley in Wharfedale Community Trust (BWCT) has taken over the running of the successful market, which this year takes place on Saturday 1st December from 1pm to 5.30pm.

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