Although we have Christmas Markets in Switzerland I have to say that in my opinion the ones in the UK are far more fun to visit. I think the main difference between the UK Markets and the Swiss ones is the number of food and drinks huts. In the UK these completely out number the ones selling handmade gifts and Christmas decorations, as you can see in the video below !! The whole Market experience is much more social, about going for the day / evening and meeting friends and enjoying the food and drinks.
I used to go to the one that takes over Manchester city centre every year and it is a must visit for any Mancunian.
This year we didn't head up North and so the London Christmas Markets on the Southbank were where we got our Bratwurst and Mulled Wine fix.
Just as in Manchester the London markets are a great meeting place for people after work who want to meet up with friends and have a relaxed few drinks an some hot, tasty food, whilst enjoying the lights and getting in the festive spirit in the run up to Christmas. This year they stretched all the way from the London Eye to Tate Modern with small clusters as far as Tower Bridge at More London. It was a great walk along the riverside in the early evening, grabbing small bites to eat whenever we were tempted by the delicious smells wafting our way.
There were LOTS of tourists so you have to bring plenty of patience with you, but when you are with a bunch of friends strolling through speed isn't a priority, so walk at a slow pace and take time to enjoy all the food and drink on the way and you'll have a fabulous time.
Another thing I love about the markets are the Christmas Mugs. You pay a deposit for your Christmas Mug from the first vendor you get your Mulled Wine from and then you can keep it, only paying for a refill along the way. Take it back to the last vendor for a refund or take it home as a souvenir.
I'm hoping to go to the Markets in Germany next year, but if you can't get there the ones in the UK are a fabulous alternative !! If you are planning a trip to London towards the end of the year, I'd certainly recommend looking at the Christmas Market dates before booking flights, you don't want to miss them.
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