insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 68 Nov 2017 - Page 48

ARTS+ENTERTAINMENT Christmas Markets cont. CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN THE UK Edinburgh Edinburgh Christmas market is really three markets rolled into one and there’s enough going on for every single family member (whether they are into Christmas or not) to be entertained. Ice skating, an impressive ‘Santa Land’ grotto, Scottish wares, street food, face painting, Christmas crafts, pop-up bars and cafes, and of course the market itself where you can buy locally produced gifts as well as exotic produce from around the world. Bath Bath is a rather magical place anyway, but add Christmas to the mix and you’ll find yourself in a very pretty and festively themed wonderland of interesting and beautiful things. It’s a Christmas shopper’s paradise with everything you could need (or want) lining the streets. There are over 200 wooden chalet- style stalls involved in making this market one of the loveliest and liveliest in the country, so 48 even the most hard-to-buy-for people will be ticked off your list here. Go for the day and all your shopping can be done at once in very special surroundings. Leeds Journey to Leeds for the annual Christmas market and soak up the yuletide atmosphere. The scents and sights of Christmas are all around, so your only problem will be choosing what to buy your loved ones. There is a lot to choose from – this is a traditional German kindlemarkt, so you know it’ll be the very essence of Christmas captured in one place. Southbank London’s Southbank Wintertime Market plays host to all sorts of things to buy as well as loads of entertainment, most of which is free. So, after you have meandered along the Southbank, gazing at the stalls, eating your festive treats and sipping warming drinks, you can finish the day off by enjoying some fun family entertainment. Winchester For those who want to experience the most traditional of Christmases, Winchester is your destination. Over 350,000 visitors come to this particular market each year with the beautiful Winchester Cathedral at its heart. There are stalls within the cathedral and in the grounds around, and each of the stallholders (over 100 of them) are chosen individually by the cathedral’s own Christmas market team. This ensures that only the very best products and services are to be found here. As well as the amazing setting and great stalls, there is a much-loved ice rink too. Regularly called one of the best rinks in the entire country, it shouldn’t be missed when you’re in the area.