More magical Christmas markets

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Scotland
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Princes Street is the key location and events and activities will run until 29th December. Special events will include: live reindeer visits; the return of the popular Santa Express on Princes Street; performance space for buskers and choirs; a Santa Zumbathon flash mob; eating and drink al fresco; as well as Scottish Christmas and Ethical Christmas fairs, stalls and live music.
Edinburgh’s German Christmas Market is provided by stallholders based in Frankfurt. The popular market is back as always, selling a mix of classic and contemporary gifts as well as a range of German food and drink ideal for warming up the chilly bits. Tasty delights include hearty sausages, fried potato cakes, crepes and German beer, as well as Glühwein.
Beneath the Edinburgh Wheel and above the ice rink, the lovely location of this market makes Christmas shopping a real pleasure. From Scottish food treats to woolly hats and Scottish teddy bears, this market is eclectic, vibrant and fun. But Scottish produce is the key and,on sale from a range of food producers and retailers, will be venison burgers from Well Hung and Tender, as well as candles, gifts, jewellery and quirky clothes.

 

Glasgow
Surprisingly this is Glasgow’s first ever Global Christmas Market. The location is St Enoch’s Square.
The market will feature traders from afar afield as Ecuador, Kenya, Russia and also Germany, France, Belgium, Spain and Italy. The traders will be selling a whole range of products typical of their country or region from Cheeses, Olives, Italian Nougat and Belgian Chocolates to Russian dolls, jewellery, designer clothing from Paris, pashminas, shawls, leather goods, hats and scarves and ranges of crafts and gifts.
Also featured is a very special stall all the way from Lapland which will be selling a very special range of knitwear and traditional clothing and crafts of Finland.
The market will also be a great event to socialise with something for everyone including a great new Bavarian Beer House and one of the best Gluwhein Houses worked by the Kochems Vineyard.
Bringing a great splash of colour is the Dutch Bulb and Plant Garden who will be selling a fabulous array of Bulbs, Trees, Shrubs, Garden Ornaments and Bird feeders.

Dundee
At the University of Dundee’s Botanic Gardens, you’ll find unique gifts, handmade and bespoke jewellery, face-painting and more! Entry to the garden only £1. Father Christmas arrived at the garden on Saturday 4th December and will be there every weekend until Christmas.

Wales
Cardiff
After the success of last year, the Christmas Markets are back and will now offer even more. This market began a while ago in November and is located in St John’s Street and the Hayes. There’ll be Welsh art & crafts, jewellery, homemade gifts as well as food and drink.
At Cardiff Castle the ever-popular Victorian Christmas Tours return, to offer everyone a real flavour of a traditional Victorian Christmas. See the castle, beautifully decorated and special guest Santa will be waiting with a gift for every child. And for the perfect end to the evening, Christmas carols, mulled wine and mince pies for all! New for 2011, the Roald Dahl Plass, outside Wales Millennium Centre, will be transformed into a bustling four day Christmas market. Visit Cardiff Bay this winter and enjoy an array of activities; wrap up warm and stroll along the waters edge or cycle the scenic Bay Trail. Explore the Christmas markets, watch carol singing on the quayside or join us for the annual Christmas light and firework event ‘On the Road to Christmas’

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Swansea
Visit the lovely chalets of the Christmas street market from 25 November – 18 December in Oxford Street & Princess Way. There’ll be food, spirits, cheeses and handmade gifts available from Welsh and continental traders.

Ireland
Belfast
Belfast City Hall is the location of the Christmas Continental Market. Dozens of market stalls will offer a stunning range of crafts, food and decorations from across Europe, and beyond. There will be plenty on offer including Dutch, French and Irish cheeses, German sausages and beer, toasted baguettes and crepes, pastries and cakes, arts and crafts as well as plants and flowers.

Dun Laoghaire
Santa will arrive this saturday not on a sleigh but a Harley-Davidson! There will be plenty to keep everyone entertained. Parents & children alike can visit the Winter Wonderland (Located at the metals) and have a go on the carousel or try out the climbing wall. If you are feeling brave enough try out the adult & children’s Ice Rink (located at Moran Park House). See the Live Crib (located beside the church) and hop on the Festival Train to see the Christmas lights illuminate the town of Dun Laoghaire. Continental-style craft and artisan markets on the Metals Plaza and weaving up Marine Road to Georges Street/St Michael’s Church.

Galway
The market began last month and continues till the eighteenth. Based in Eyre Square, there’ll be delicious treats and artisan gifts will be on offer in the traditional chalet style Christmas village.

Cork
Again, the Cork celebration began last month and ends later than many on December 22nd. Spread over a few locations the market is on the Grand Parade. There will music, funfares and, of corse, food and drink.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny
Beginning this weekend, a highlight will be a beautiful old style Victorian carousel. There will be over 25 award winning craftmakers and food producers from the South East of Ireland. Most of the events will be on The Parade.

 

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