Look, no one likes Christmas shopping. It’s too busy, there are too many toddlers flinging themselves on the floor in fury, and there are only so many times a woman (or a man) can hear “It’s Ccccccchrisssstmaaas” before they go postal. But, dear readers, it doesn’t have to be this way. Christmas shopping can be as artery warming as a fat-laden mince pie with lashings of brandy butter – if you use our top 8 festive markets list to guide you.
Here are our picks
St. George’s Hall, St George's Place , Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JJ - Visit now
Liverpool’s Christmas Market returns from Friday 15 November until Monday 23 December 2019.
The reason the Winter Arts Market at St. George’s Hall is top of our list is simple: location, location, location. The annual arts and crafts fest is held within the grand environs of St. George’s Hall, surely one of Liverpool’s finest buildings (no mean feat in a World Heritage Site city). The hall’s glorious carvings, sculpture and pipe organ form the backdrop to stalls featuring the work of 200 artists.
Levenshulme Market, Stockport Road (junction with Albert Rd), Levenshulme, Manchester, M19 3AB
Don’t miss the festivities organized by the folk behind Levenshulme’s weekly Saturday markets. They are on every week building up to Christmas as usual but head down on Friday 20th December from 5 to 9pm for the festive late edition.
Millennium Square Leeds, Millennium Square, Calverley St, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 1UR - Visit now
Millennium Square hosts Christkindelmarkt, the Leeds edition of the popular German-style Christmas markets. There’s a winter village with a whole host of wooden stalls and daily programme of entertainment.
Open until Saturday 21 December.
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, Yorkshire, WF1 5AW - Visit now
One of our absolute favourite Yorkshire galleries hosts a wide range of arts and craft stalls. Ceramics, prints and homewares all feature, with the gallery’s diminutive but highly recommended shop close by for more of the same.
This year you can catch The Hepworth Wakefield Christmas Fair at the weekend’s of Fri 22 – Sun 24 November and Fri 29 November – Sunday 1 December, from 10am – 5pm.