Top picks of Christmas markets in the south this festive season
It’s time for our annual round up of the Christmas markets across the Help to Buy South areas. We’ve done the research so you don’t have to! Take your pick from the list below, whether it’s a local market you visit or you venture further afield, we hope you have a fantastic time and wish all our blog readers a very Merry Christmas!
Oxford Christmas Market
When: Thursday 7 – Sunday 17 December
Where: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS
Why visit? With the sound of choirs singing Christmas carols, market traders offering unusual and handmade gifts, colourful decorations brightening wooden stalls and the aroma of mulled wine and cinnamon drifting in the air – a visit to the Oxford Christmas Market is a truly magical Christmas experience.
Winchester Christmas Market
When: Monday 20 November – Friday 22 December
Where: Winchester Cathedral grounds
Why visit? The Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Christmas markets and attracts close to half a million visitors each year. The pretty wooden chalets are situated in the Cathedral’s historic Close surrounding an open-air real ice rink. All exhibitors have been hand-picked for their interesting, high quality and unique products; many of which can’t be bought on the high street.
Southampton German Christmas Market
When: Saturday 11 November – Saturday 23 December
Where: Above Bar Precinct, High Street, Southampton
Why visit? A German market featuring totally unique, individually designed alpine chalets with traditional German fayre, pick from bratwurst and waffles, to gingerbread hearts and candied fruit. One of the highlights of the festival is a ‘Flying Santa’ who will take to the sky over the city centre each day.
Salisbury Christmas Market
When: Thursday 23 November – Friday 22 December
Where: Guildhall Square and High Street, Salisbury
Why visit? Salisbury Christmas Market transforms the heart of this beautiful medieval cathedral city into a winter wonderland with its authentic German Market-style wooden chalets and festive events. Every year the goods available at the Christmas Market grows, with choices ranging from intricate jewellery to beautifully crafted handmade furniture, succulent mince pies to luxurious all-flavoured liqueurs.
Cheltenham Christmas Market
When: Thursday 23 November – Saturday 16 December
Where: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Why visit? Visitors will continue to be attracted by a variety of products from hand crafted jewellery, seasonal arts & crafts and hand paintings, to the more unusual gifts and collectables.
Bristol and North East Somerset
Bath Christmas Market
When: Thursday 23 November – Sunday 10 December
Where: Bath Abbey
Why visit? For 18 days, more than 200 quaint wooden chalets line the squares and streets surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, selling everything you could possibly need for your festive celebrations. With over 85% of stallholders being businesses from Bath and the surrounding areas, this is not just a British Christmas market, but a local one too.
Bristol’s Christmas Market
When: Friday 10 November – Sunday 24 December
Where: Broadmead, Bristol Shopping Quarter
Why visit? Visitors can expect to find a host of chalets where they can buy authentic arts, crafts, gifts, and, of course, mouth-watering food and drinks.
Reading Winter on Ice
When: Saturday 18 November – Monday 1 January
Where: Forbury Gardens, Reading RG1 3BB
Why visit? Reading’s Winter on Ice features a covered ice rink alongside an array of amusement rides suitable for all age groups. The little ones can visit Santa in his Grotto until Christmas Eve and they’ll receive a gift, then you can take a stroll along the traditional German Christmas Market offering food, drink and festive gifts.