5 Christmas Markets to Visit in the South West!

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It’s nearly Christmas! Can you believe how fast this year has whizzed by? I can’t quite believe that we are at the end of the year again. All our major conferences at work are done and dusted and before I know it, the next lot will be fast approaching. I hardly feel like I had time to celebrate Halloween and Bonfire night – and well, that’s behind us now. But there is plenty to look forward to! In fact, here is a little round-up of some of the best Christmas markets in the South West this year. Have you been to any yet? We went to the Victorian Christmas Market in Gloucester a couple of weekends ago. B had a lovely time and enjoyed riding the carousel with daddy.

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Bath Christmas Market – I’ve been a few times and you can’t beat the atmosphere in Bath. The market offers over 170 stalls selling various gifts and goodies and is located near the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. One massive plus for visiting the Bath Christmas Market for me is getting the train from Weston-super-Mare. It costs around £17 for a return ticket but it means the hubby and I can enjoy a few drinks while we mooch around. Bath train station is only a short walk from the main shopping centre too. I’ve spent many hen parties in Bath as well. It’s such a beautiful place.

Cardiff Christmas Market – The Cardiff Christmas market takes place right in the centre of the city and features over 80 chalets, selling everything from food and drink to handmade gifts and crafts.  The market has been running for over 20 years now and supports artists and crafts people who are looking to promote and sell their work. One company exhibiting this year are Gift Glass. Gift Glass create gifts such as clocks, bowls and lights from reformed glass bottles – so think Jack Daniels nibble bowls and Smirnoff clocks : )

Bristol Christmas Market – You’ll find the Bristol Christmas Market in the pedestrianised area of Broadmead, a short walk from the Cabot Circus shopping centre. This year the market features around 40 chalets, all selling authentic German food and drink as well as homemade gifts and crafts. Bristol is a great place to head to for a spot of Christmas shopping. Personally my favourite areas are Park Street and Corn Street, where you will find the St Nicholas Market all year round.

Exeter Christmas Market – Cathedral Green, at the heart of Exeter city, hosts the annual Exeter Christmas Market. There are a number of chalets offering gifts and crafts and plenty of food and drink to get you in the Christmas spirit!

Brunel’s SS Great Britain Christmas Market, December 13
This one day Christmas market is organised by SS Great Britain and will take place in Brunel Square in Bristol. You’ll be able to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts and sample some of the local food and drink. While you are in Bristol, why not check out the harbour area. We spent so many fab days down there this summer, like the nature festival and we genuinely really love this area : )

Have you been to any Christmas markets yet? Do you plan to visit some? I thought it might be hard work with the little man but he actually really enjoyed Gloucester. It helped that they had a Nutcracker children’s trail around the Gloucester Quays shopping centre.

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