What better way to get into the festive spirit than to visit one of the many Christmas Markets around the UK and in Europe. Assuming you’ve been a good boy or girl this year, why not indulge yourself with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and lots of other yummy treats, as you stroll around the many stalls and stands, humming along to your favourite carols.
We’ve rounded up some of the best ones that can be explored in a motorhome.
Set against the magnificent backdrop of Blenheim Palace this Christmas market allows you to fully immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, taking you away from the high street bustle and dropping you in a wonderland full if traditional wooden chalets filled with irresistible gifts and tempting treats.
Where to stay: Greenhill Leisure Park
The South West’s Premier Christmas Shopping Event. Just a short stroll from Bath Spa Station, in the centre of the city, you will find Bath Christmas Market – one of the largest festive events in the UK and certainly the most beautiful.
For 18 days, more than 200 quaint wooden stalls line the squares and streets surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, selling everything you could possibly need for your festive celebrations.
Where to stay: Bath Marina & Caravan Park
If you are after that traditional German market feel then Christkindelmarkt in Leeds is the place for you. The city centre transforms into a scenic winter village, with over 40 wooden chalet stalls, and themed indoor venues. Like your festive food and drink? Then indulge in the plethora of traditional delicacies on offer.
Where to stay: Glenfield Caravan Park
Nottingham Winter Wonderland is the largest event in the East Midlands, and absolutely free. Soak up the Christmas spirit and while away the hours as you browse the over 70 traditional Bavarian-style stalls, sampling all the delights on offer.
Where to stay: Sherwood Forest Holiday Park
St Nicholas Fair started out as just being a small weekend event, but over recent years has grown to be the whole of the Christmas period. Soak up the medieval charm of York and breathe in the scents of mulled wine and delicious local produce from crafters and makers who are displayed among the Made in Yorkshire Yuletide Village.
Where to stay: York Rowntree Park Caravan Club Site
Visitors of the European Best Destinations website voted Colmar the best Christmas Market in France, and 2nd best in Europe! Experience the magic of Christmas for six weeks and be drawn in by the illuminations linking to the city’s six Christmas markets. All connected by a labyrinth of small streets lined with picture perfect, century old half-timbered houses.
Where to stay: Camping Ill Colmar
One of the most beautiful festive markets in Europe, the Winter Wonders event takes place from 30 Nov through to 6 Jan. It includes a Christmas Market with more than 200 stalls, fairground attractions, a covered ice rink at the Place de la Monnaie, choir concerts, and more delicious festive foods and drink than you can shake a yule log at.
Where to stay: Camping Caravaning Club Brussels
A regular fixture in the best Christmas Markets in Europe lists, Aachen offers a traditional and gourmet Christmas market in a fun and relaxed family atmosphere. Surround yourself with the festive spirit offered by the twinkling lights, the scent of mulled wine and Aachener Printen (a kind of gingerbread).
Where to stay: Hoeve de Gastmolen