Travel | Posted 11 Nov 2010
Check out these must visit Christmas markets for 2010!


12 Days of Christmas Market

The 12 days of Christmas market is bursting with food stalls, stocking fillers, bands, hot cocoa and rides for all of the family.


Opening dates: 10/12/10 – 23/12/10


Location: George's Dock, IFSC, Docklands, Dublin


Opening times: 12:00pm- 8:00pm


Prague Christmas Markets
Christmas markets (Vanocni trh) are a key ingredient of the Czech festive magic. The Prague Christmas markets light up the city centre at this time of year, bringing tourists and locals together to enjoy the holiday spirit, in a true 'winter wonderland' setting.

The Prague Christmas markets run daily throughout December. They take place at the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, with smaller ones operating at Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republiky. All lie within 10 minutes walk of each other.


Opening dates: 01/12/10- 31/12/10


Location: Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Havelske Trziste and Namesti Republiky




Galway Christmas Market
The Galway Continental Christmas Market - the first of its kind in the west of Ireland - will transform Eyre Square in the heart of Galway City into a magical winter wonderland from 19th of November to the 19th of December this year.


Opening dates: 

19/11/10 - 19/12/10



Mon to Weds: 10am – 8pm

Thurs – Sat : 10am – 10pm

Sun : 1pm – 6pm


Location: Eyre Square, Galway




Leeds Christkindelmarkt Traditional German Christmas Market
Christkindelmarkt, Leeds is one of the largest and most established German Christmas Markets in the UK, with traditional wooden stalls, festive greenery, Christmas carousel rides and twinkling colourful lights all creating a unique continental style festive atmosphere in the heart of Leeds city centre.

Opening dates: 12/11/10 – 19/12/10


Location: Millennium Square Leeds


Opening times: 10:30am- 9:00pm



Sheffield Christmas Market
Set in the heart of Sheffield’s main shopping district, over 70 picturesque Christmas Stalls adorn the streets offering a magical array of handmade gifts, decorations and food items - everything you need for the perfect Christmas celebration and a truly unique experience.


Visitors can also enjoy the delights of our real open-air Ice Rink and Santa’s Grotto, as well as an enchanting range of attractions including, carol singing, festive gifts, traditional Christmas food and much more…


Opening dates: 18/11/10- 23/12/10


Location: Sheffield City Centre


Contact number: 01706 624957




Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market has become a huge favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. Combined with the city’s own Christmas Craft Fair of local traders, it offers a total of over 180 stalls to browse and enjoy.


Opening dates: 18/11/10- 23/12/10


Times: 10am- 9pm


Location: Victoria Square, New Street and Chamberlain Square


Contact number: 0121 464 2012




Traditional German Christmas party

Traditional German market, in the heart of Edinburgh’s city centre. Stalls with hand made decorations, toys and gifts and enjoy German snacks.


Opening dates: 25/11/10 – to be confirmed


Location: Mound Precinct


Highland Village Christmas Market

Find unique Christmas presents from a selection of locally produced food, jewellery and crafts.


Opening dates: 25/11/10 – to be confirmed


Location: East Princes Street Gardens




Festival of Christmas in Southampton

The Mayor will be turning on the Christmas lights on the opening day of the Christmas market. Christmas panto characters will be there, free face painting and an orchestra.


Opening dates: 18/11/10- 24/12/10


Location: Above Bar Street


Contact number: 023 8020 6167



Exeter Christmas Market

Exeter will once again be hosting Christmas Craft, Gift, Produce and Charities markets in 2010 with an array of treasures on offer.


Opening dates: 26/11/10- 22/12/10


Location: Fore Street / Castle Street


Times: 9am- 5pm


Contact number: 01392 665840




German Christmas Market

Experience the magic of Christmas in Nottingham. Enjoy a glass of Gluhwein at the German Christmas Market as you soak up the sights, sounds and smells that add festive flavour to the Square.


Opening dates: 19/12/10- 23/12/10


Location: Old Market Square


Times: 5:30pm- 10pm




Manchester Christmas Markets

No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of Manchester's famous Christmas market.

The perfect place to get your evening started, pick up some fabulous Christmas gifts, or relax after a hard day's Christmas shopping, the markets really have become a very firm fixture of everybody's yuletide countdown.


Opening dates: 18/11/10- 21/12/10


Location: King Street, Albert Square, Brazennose Street, Exchange Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann's Square, The Triangle (Exchange Square)


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