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The UK’s Great Christmas Markets Destination 2017

Many people wonder where to go to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve in the UK. While we have a host of special festive activities at our Compass Hospitality Hotels, here is our guide to what else is going on across the country.

Undeniably, Christmas Markets are the go to festive hub for many people in December. Originating in the German speaking regions of Europe in the Late Middle Ages, with the very first taking place in Bautzen in 1384! Christmas Markets are now popular throughout the world, including many key UK locations.


Christmas in Manchester

If you are feeling festive, Manchester is the place to be this December. For modern comfort only 5 miles from Manchester City Centre, The Victoria Hotel is your ideal base to explore the festivities. For more information about what the hotel is up to this December, click here!

The Manchester Christmas market spreads across the city center, including some 300 traders offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city. Furthermore, the family friendly site on Cathedral Gardens has its own ice rink, so plenty to keep the kids happy.

What we can’t wait to eat and drink in 2017
A cup or two of nice warm Mulled wine never go wrong with Christmas. Last year blackberry and apple mulled wine or an Amaretto and strawberry blend from The Mill made an appearance. Who know what brew will surprise us this year!


Nottingham Christmas Market

For a truly magical Christmas, head to the historic streets of Nottingham. With the beautiful Lace Market Hotel dressed to impress, offering exceptional service and sumptuous Christmas treats, this is a highlight not to be missed. For more information, click here!

The Nottingham Ice rink

A beautifully lit Christmas tree is the centerpiece to an impressive 40ft ice rink! Book early via the website below to avoid disappointment: Click here for ice rink!

The Nottingham Ice Bar

The 2-story ice bar is located beside the ice rink; selling ales, mulled wine, spiced cider and hot toddies, all to warm you up after your excursions on the ice.

Winter Wonderland Nottingham opens from:

Friday 17th Nov – Sunday 31st Dec

10 am to 6 pm daily (8pm late night shopping)


Best Christmas Market in Coventry

Another our interesting hotel’s option is The Citrus Coventry Hotel. The hotel is situated only 1 hour away drive to the Nottingham city center. At the Citrus Coventry Hotel allows you to escape to the calm and relaxed surrounding after crazy Christmas party last night.

You may find interesting christmas highlight such as A Christmas Carol – A Folk Opera, staring by Micheal Cain, Oliver Sims and Patrick Stewart as Scrooge.


The Leeds German Christmas Market

The Leeds Christmas Market brings a little piece of Germany to the heart of the city center. The Best Western Plus Milford Hotel is an impressive hotel located between the cultural hubs of Leeds and York. Guests can enjoy the festive attractions of both cities during the holidays.

Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls and festive greenery. With both indoor and outdoor attractions, including a carousel ride, this Christmas market has a unique continental festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Indoor market opening times:

Monday-Saturday, 10.30am-9.30pm
Sunday, 10.30am-6.30pm


A Scottish Christmas & a Happy Hogmanay!

Introducing the magic of a Scottish Christmas with a stay in the beautiful landscape of the highland capital, at The Columba Hotel Inverness. With wonderful shopping options, festive entertainment and a warm welcome, the highlands of Scotland are the place to be this December.

Scotland offers a truly traditional and unforgettable experience for New Year’s Eve (31st December), known as ‘Hogmanay’. The origins of the celebrations date back to the Viking celebration of the Winter Solstice. With live music and comedians performing as well as a renowned firework display, this is the go to event for NYE. Then if you are feeling particularly brave, the next morning you can join the Loony Dock parade for a swim in the River Forth at South Queensferry on the 1st January!


Situated on the river, near the Inverness Museum & Art Gallery as well as Inverness Castle, The Columba Hotel is the ideal location for your festive Scottish adventure, being only a 15-minute walk from the nearest Christmas market!


Cardiff’s Craft Christmas Market

Art lovers must not miss this year’s Cardiff’s Craft Market! With 48 wooden stalls located in the Hayes section of the city Centre, selling more than 200 types of artwork including locally crafted foods and goods. With bespoke Welsh products available all in the one location, you can pick up unique gifts that are unavailable on the high street. For our best rates over the festive season, check out our Big Sleep Hotel – Cardiff.

When is Cardiff Christmas Market 2017?

You can check the date of each craft exhibitions follow this official link:


Christmas Craft Market in Halifax

Halifax is another option for art lovers and is a wonderfully romantic destination during this festive period. This year, Halifax is focusing on local crafts with specialty pop-up shops selling hand-crafted goods. For your Halifax stay, we recommend The White Swan, full of character and old world charm. Click here for our best prices and festive offers.


Shrewsbury Winter Festival

Stay with us at The Lion Hotel, for the warmest welcome in Shrewsbury during this holiday season.

The Winter Festival in Shrewsbury is back this year with the claim that they are the best winter festival in the land! Shrewsbury is the ideal destination for shopping event, you could find your perfect Christmas gift from wooden craft artisan to homeware! Plus plenty of activities for the kids in Shrewsbury.


Christmas in the beautiful & historic Oxford

Situated in Iffley, only 2 miles South of the Oxford city Centre, lies the beautiful Hawkwell House Hotel. This country house hotel is your ideal base to explore the historic streets of Oxford dressed for the festivities.

Oxford offers a classic, English Christmas Market experience with choirs singing Christmas carols, festive stalls offering hand-crafted gifts and delicious Christmas delicacies. We recommend you check out the exhibitions and performances schedule in the Oxford Christmas Market official websites what’s on guide.


Get Ready for Dundee Chriatmas Fair

Christmas market in Dundee is not just about craft, food or Shopping anymore. It’s about the family and loves one spending their time together in the Christmas holy night under the decorated light over the town. The Queen’s Hotel Dundee is a perfect place to stay in Dundee. Click here to see the hotel info.

This year Dundee has so much more to offers but the highlight is the Night Light, when the whole town is decorated with sparkling and romantic lights ornaments. Furthermore, crafted market, night marlet, art exhibitions come far from India, Peru, Zambia and Kenya, with high quality pottery, jewelly and various choices of artisan merchandises. Read more…


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