Christmas Markets: Festive and affordable!

Do you enjoy sipping mulled wine outside on a cold Christmas night? Or do you prefer a crepe and a pretzel to warm you up? Fancy a shifty look around a traditional craft fair stall? Or looking for an alternative way to do your Christmas shopping? Visiting a Christmas market will tick all these boxes! There are hundreds of Christmas markets around the UK during this festive season where carols are sung, decorations are lit and traditions are celebrated!

The largest outdoor Christmas market in the country is in Birmingham, and lucky for us, it is easily accessible from Aber! The train leaves Aberystwyth station every two hours to go to Birmingham New Street and costs less than £20. The Birmingham Christmas market is in Victoria Square and New Street from Thursday 17th November until Friday 23rd December and is open between 10am and 9pm.

Cardiff Christmas market is a renowned attraction which has been running for the past 17 years. It’s in St John’s Street, St John’s Church area, Working Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes. Running from Thursday 10th November to Friday 23rd December, Cardiff Christmas market is a fantastic place to pick up hand-crafted Christmas gifts. Opening times are 10am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, 10 am until 5pm on Sundays and every Thursday in December the market is open until 8pm.

Staying a little bit closer to home, you could visit Aberystwyth’s own outdoor Christmas market! Happening on the same road as Matalan, the Welsh Assembly and the Train station, the Christmas fair is open every Monday night, from now until Christmas, 8am until 10pm. The outdoor market includes a small fair where you can try some fresh doughnuts, win a goldfish and have fun on some of the rides, like dodgems! Another Christmas fair in Aber is at the Arts Centre, also there from now until Christmas, the indoor market has lots of lovely (and affordable) gifts for your family and friends. Opening times are between 8am and 8pm.

Other Christmas markets around the UK:

  • Manchester Christmas market – open from 17th November to 21st December
  • London Eye Christmas Market – open from 18th November to 24th December
  • Bath Christmas market – open from 24th November to 11th December
  • Chester Victorian Christmas market – open from 24th November to 31st December
  • Oxford Christmas market – open from 2nd December to 18th December
  • Wrexham Victorian Christmas market – open on the 8th December