Christmas Markets are already a tradition in our country. With an increase in the number of Christmas markets of more than 300% in the last decade, we could say they’re here to stay.

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Everyone loves Xmas markets and everyone has a reason to visit them. From buying a special gift for your loved ones, to contributing to independent businesses, the visit is a must over the festive season.

Although we might not have as many choices as other years, many are still going ahead. At Porter, we’ve decided to give you a list of some that are taking place. We’ve checked and all of them comply with the COVID safety regulations.

For those of you looking to enjoy the Christmas markets from the comfort of your sofa, you can see a list of online ones at the end of the article.

Cardiff Christmas Market

Cardiff Christmas Market is one of the best markets in the whole UK.

First celebrated in 1994, and with more than 20 years of experience, the market is one of the best events in the city.

They run from the middle of November to the middle of December, and they’ve more than 40 independent business stalls. We are sure you’ll find everything you are looking for.

There are artists, crafters, jewellers, food stalls and more to make the perfect day out in town.

London Christmas Markets

London is well known for its Christmas celebrations.

The capital gets dressed in its best lights and there’s a jolly spirit in each corner of the city.

As we already know, the incredible Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is being cancelled for obvious reasons, but there are plenty of other markets going on. Here are two that you can’t miss.

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Christmas market by the river

Even if you don’t want to buy anything, the Christmas market by the river will deserve a visit as it’s in an amazing location.

Located at the London bridge riverside, the iconic views and their wooden cabins make for a great Xmas experience. They’ve everything that a successful market needs. You’ll find amazing artists, food stalls and sparkly lights to get you into the festive mood.

The market will be open from 24th of November to the 3rd of January 2021. Book one of those dates in your diary and head out for a festive experience.

Greenwich late Christmas markets

Greenwich’s market is one of the oldest markets in the city. The market was established in 1737, and they have a lot of history on their shoulders.

For those of you who finish late at work, but still want to finish their Christmas shopping, Greenwich late Christmas market is for you.

Open each Wednesday of December until 8pm, go and meet a local artist, grab yourself a hot beverage, and make the most of your Wednesdays nights.

Nottingham Christmas Market

Nottingham Christmas winter wonderland is what Christmas is for and it’s taking place this year too.

With some significant changes, and having as much Covid-19 safety measures in place as possible, one of the biggest markets in the country will be running from the beginning of December to Christmas Eve.

Even with 20% fewer business stalls than usual, the market is the perfect opportunity to support local traders. There won’t be any ice bar or ice skating rink, but you can take a ride on their carousel or the well-known Nottingham Wheel.

They are also encouraging people to visit during the week to avoid crowds, and are offering discounts from Monday to Wednesdays.

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South Causey Inn Christmas Market

Right at the heart of the beautiful County Durham, we find this unique Christmas Market.

South Causey Inn Christmas Market isn’t located at the heart of the city, but they offer the whole Xmas experience. The market will be open for the first three Sundays of December.

They’ve a few independent traders, their own brewery shop and you can take away the Sunday dinner from their restaurant when you are done with your Christmas shopping.

Aberdeen Christmas Market

There is a thing that this year has taught us, it’s to adapt to the circumstances and make the changes needed to get on with things as well as we can.

This is exactly what the Aberdeen authorities have done. The city has a Christmas village located at the heart of their city centre, but this year due to the regulations and to keep the safety of visitors, they’ve decided to changes things.

The Aberdeen Christmas market will instead be held in one of the shopping centres in the city. The market will run from 3rd of December to 23rd of December. This opportunity will give the chance to traders to operate. The stalls fee will be donated to a charity. It sounds like a win-win to us!

Online Christmas Markets

As we said it before, the main reason for visiting Christmas markets is to support local businesses.

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Having this in mind, many local authorities have decided to move their markets online to give the independent traders the chance to still operate and without missing out on the festive sales.

So if you don’t want to go outside facing the cold, but you still want to get that home-crafted gift, we’d recommend you to have a look into:

We hope you get to one of the markets we’ve mentioned. If so, we’d love to see what you get from them.