All over the UK, Christmas markets are beginning to pop up, from the large affairs like those found in Manchester, London and Birmingham, to smaller local festive markets in towns up and down the country.
But if you want to experience the best of the festive cheer this year, you should probably head to Bath. The city’s Christmas market was named Event of the Year at the recent National Outdoor Events Association (NOEA) awards, the Bath Chronicle revealed.
According to the judges, this event is the “best of Bath, well produced and internationally attractive, setting standards for other Christmas markets”.
They also highlighted the number of local goods on offer at this particular festive event, with 80 per cent of the produce on sale coming from Bath and the South West.
One thing that organisers are bound to have sorted well in advance is their event plumbing, particularly for the food and drink stalls that are a standard feature at any Christmas market.
Chief executive of Visit Bath David James said the organisation was “immensely proud” of the award. He added: “Bath Christmas market is a magical event which brings vibrancy to the city in the run up to Christmas.”
Of course, Bath isn’t the only place you can go for a fantastic Christmas market experience. The Metro recently highlighted some of the top yule markets around the country, according to locals, with Manchester, Edinburgh and the Winter Wonderland at London’s Hyde Park all making the cut.
Newcastle’s Grainger Market was also singled out by the newspaper due to the number of local and independent businesses who have stalls here.