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If you are looking for a fun and festive day out that the whole family can enjoy then we at Sykes Cottages would definitely suggest a visit to your local Christmas market. The UK has a wonderful reputation for creating classic Christmas markets which will delight the whole family; the streets are lined with colourful stalls, decorative lights are hung and laughter fills the air! Here at Sykes Cottages, we’ve been braving the cold to enjoy our own local markets and have decided to give you a run down of all the fabulous festive treats that are in store for you this winter at your local Christmas market!

Festive Food and Drink

Christmas market, Strasbourg

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At Sykes Cottages we are very fond of local Christmas markets and one of the main reasons for this is the wide array of food and drink on offer, allowing us to get fat and jolly, just like Mr Claus himself! No matter which market you’re attending this year, you’re sure to find an ample choice of your favourite festive food and drink, such as roasted chestnuts, wild boar burgers, fruity crepes, fantastic strudels and plenty of hot chocolate and mulled wine to wash it all down! For all the foodies out there we would definitely suggest visiting the Manchester Christmas market; with a large number of food stalls and free entry this market is a must on our Christmas check list!

Christmas Parades

Chester Christmas Parade

For me the best accompaniment to a cheery Christmas market is a colourful Christmas parade! These festive marches will normally pass right in front of you whilst you are browsing the local produce at the market stalls. To experience one of the UK’s best parades, why not head to the romantic city of Chester? Here you will find classic Chester parades, like the Saturnalia Parade, when the roman legion lights up the streets on December 19th. Alternatively, there’s the Winter Watch parade, where the musicians will dance along the cobbles on December 5th and 12th. The city has some fantastic festive treats this year so we would suggest renting a Chester cottage and taking some time out for a festive family weekend.


Nuremberg Christmas Market

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Christmas markets are the perfect place to get lost amongst the hustle and bustle of the stalls, be dazzled by the bright colours and shop till you drop! Good Christmas markets will offer you a wonderful supply of local craftsmanship and produce, making it easy to find that special someone the perfect one of a kind gift they deserve.  For a fantastic shopping experience head to Bath’s Christmas market; they have more than earned their title of ‘Christmas Capital of the West’, with their extravagant collection of independent stalls and high-street brands.


ballagio christmas garden 2011 toy soldier

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Christmas markets are all about the experience, and there is no better way to provide the perfect Christmas atmosphere than with vast amounts of entertainment! Christmas markets tend to cater for the whole family; grandparents will be in ore as the local choir sing, parents will be dazzled by the street performers and the children will delight in seeing Santa and his elves.  The Edinburgh Christmas fair kicks off this evening (December 22nd) with a buzz of excitement! They have the most wonderful entertainment with their Star Flyer, Big Wheel and Carousel making this a market you don’t want to miss!

Your local Christmas market is the best place for a festive day out with the whole family, but if you are looking at getting away for a few days, you could always take a winter short break! Take a few days off and explore a new town and a new market perfect for getting you in a Christmassy mood!

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