The best Christmas markets in the UK
when: November 9, 2023 – December 23, 2023
Organized by Craft*folk for nearly 30 years, this Cardiff market has a niche focus on handcrafted stalls selling silver jewellery, glassworks, handmade ceramics and quilts. The tasting scheme – where up-and-coming artists and craftsmen sell their wares for five, seven or 10 days – includes Castell Apothecary (a visit for home fragrances and soaps) and prints by Carmarthen-based artist Louise Jones.
Cheltenham Christmas Market
Best Christmas Market for: Weekend celebrations
when: November 16, 2023 – November 19, 2023; December 14, 2023 – December 23, 2023
Cheltenham has not just one Christmas market, but three, all alongside the covered ice rink in the Imperial Gardens. First up is the Craft Market, which runs for one weekend in November when stalls include stoneware from Vineyard Potter and original wildlife illustrations (printed and printed on household items) by Kerry Jane Art. Then there’s the pop-up Christmas market at the beginning of December – a great time to pick up a small selection of botanical spirits from Friary Drinks and handmade decorations from PaperSam. After that, the main festive market continues until Christmas Eve.
A version of this article originally appeared on Condé Nast Traveler.