Release Date: 18 Nov 2019

Looking for a pre-Christmas trip to get you in the festive spirit? We’ve got some inspiration for you right here.

1. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland


Home to the UK’s largest open air ice rink, the world’s tallest transportable observation wheel, a spectacular Magical Ice Kingdom and even it’s very own Comedy Club, Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland is sure to warm the heart of even the biggest grinches!

Transport: Fly to London from Belfast City Airport, with up to 13 flights a day to London City and London Heathrow with Flybe, British Airways, and Aer Lingus.

2. Birmingham Frankfurt Market


Not only is Birmingham’s Frankfurt Market the biggest in the UK, but it was also voted the second best Christmas market in the world by the Big Travel 7 and is the largest authentic German market outside of Germany or Austria.

Enjoy live music, carol singers and a selection of German food including schnitzels, bratwursts, glรผhwein and weissbeer.

Transport: Fly directly to Birmingham from Belfast City Airport with Flybe up to seven times a day.

3. Manchester Christmas Market


Manchester takes a unique spin on its market by spreading it across the city, meaning you will never will too far from personalised gifts, mouth-watering food and hot drinks to keep you warm.

Choose from over 300 stalls including a French market, German market, and a World Christmas market.

Transport: Fly directly to Manchester from Belfast City Airport with Flybe up to seven times a day.

4. Glasgow's St Enoch and George's Square Markets


call it early but i’m already soooo excited for christmas markets and hot chocolate๐Ÿ’—

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Glaswegian’s love Christmas so much that they have two markets!

St. Enoch features a variety of tasty treats from across Europe, including a personalised Cadbury grotto, while George’s Square specialises in handcrafted crafts and artisan products, making the perfect stocking fillers.

George’s Square also gets regular visits from Santa, who hands out treats from the George’s advent calendar – not to mention it’s home to a very festive and authentic German bar.

Transport: Fly directly to Glasgow up to twice daily from Belfast City Airport with Flybe.

5. Cardiff Christmas Market


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Choose from gifts and produce from over 200 businesses, where you can be guaranteed that everything you purchase, from locally produced honey to framed pebble artwork and handcrafted ornamental glasswork, is an original piece of work from one of the talented artists and makers attending.

Cardiff Christmas Market has been trading for over 20 years and is within walking distance of all major train and bus stations, making it easy to get to for all visitors.

Transport: Fly to Cardiff from Belfast City Airport with Flybe

6. Christkindelmarkt, Leeds


Each year, Millennium Square is transformed into a festive wonderland with over 40 snow decorated chalets, an Alps Chalet Bavarian-styled eatery, Ski Hutte bar and experiences for the whole family.

A kids themed show also takes place each week, with face painting, balloon modelling and sing-alongs so this is definitely one to explore if you want a festive family trip.

Transport: Fly from Belfast City Airport to Leeds / Bradford Airport with Flybe up to five times a day.

7. York


#york #yorkchristmasmarket #yorkshambles #yorkcity #city #christmas

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Keen to live up to its name as the Most Festive City, rather than restricting themselves with a market, York instead hosts an annual Christmas Festival, complete with spiced mulled wine, shopping, live choirs and carol singing.

Enjoy Santa’s Sunday Lunch, the Magic Mad Hatters Christmas Cracker or glide on the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink.

Transport: While York itself doesn’t have an airport, both Leeds / Bradford Airport and Manchester Airport are located nearby and suitable for traveling to York.

Fly from Belfast City Airport to Leeds / Bradford up to five times a day and Manchester up to seven times a day, both with Flybe.

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