Winkworth take you on a festive tour of some of the UK's top Christmas Markets and highlight some of the top properties closest to the action
Christmas markets that groan with chocolate, gingerbread, bratwurst and gluhwein have become increasingly common in the UK ever since the first ones were held during the early 1980s. There is no official list of how many are held each year, although one source says there are 104 being planned during the run up to this Christmas, running all the way from Edinburgh to Brixham.
But one thing is for sure – it’s a German import. German Christmas markets, which are traditionally held during the Advent period, have a history stretching back to at least the early 14th century, later becoming annual fixtures in Switzerland and Austria too, although it took nearly 700 years for them to get over the channel. The UK’s first Christmas market was held in Lincoln in 1982 after local councillors visited the city’s twin town in Germany – Neustadt an der Weinstrasse in Rhineland – and were impressed by their historic Christmas market.
Nowadays, many of us are now just a short drive from a Christmas market, so as our minds turn to mulled wine and mince pies, here are some of the best UK markets to visit, as well as some properties for sale that are right in the thick of the action.
Where: Around Bath Abbey
When: 23rd November to 10th December 2017
Number of stallholders: 200
Features: Carols by candlelight, street musicians and entertainers, a Snow Queen and festive story telling.
Nearest Winkworth office: Bath
Abbey Green, Bath, Somerset, BA1
A light and airy two bedroom apartment situated in this most attractive City central location.
Call Winkworth Bath on 01225 829000 for more information.
Where: Jubilee Square
When: 17th November until 23rd December 2017
Number of stallholders: 22
Features: Snow machines, Santa’s Grotto, Santa’s Post Box
Nearest Winkworth office: Brighton & Hove
St James's Place, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2
A unique family home built circa 1810, situated in the heart of Brighton, where the sea, shops and train station are all within walking distance.
Call Winkworth Brighton & Hove on 01273 772 175 for more information.
Where: Leicester Square
When: 10th November 2017 to 6th January 2018.
Number of stallholders: Two-dozen or more.
Features: Grotto, Christmas shows, cabaret, stand-up comedy.
Nearest Winkworth office: West End
Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E
A two bedroom, two bathroom, modern flat on the second floor of a recently completed development in a prime Covent Garden location.
Call Winkworth West End on 020 7240 3322 for more information.
Where: Lincoln Cathedral Quarter
When: 7th to 10th December 2017
Number of stallholders: 280+
Features: Street entertainment, a Viking bar, pop-up tea room, carols, farmer’s market.
Nearest Winkworth office: Lincoln
Ely Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN1
Being located in the ever popular West End area of Lincoln and having lapsed HMO registration, this three storey, three bedroom property has bags of potential for development.
Call Winkworth Lincoln on 01522 531 321 for more information.
Where: Grounds of Winchester Cathedral
When: 20th November to 22nd December 2017
Number of stallholders: 110 (approx)
Features: Ice rink, nativity scene.
Nearest Winkworth office: Winchester
Gar Street, Winchester, SO23
This handsome townhouse forms part of an imposing Victorian Grade II listed building which is quietly tucked away in the part of lower Peninsula Barracks closest to the city centre.
Call Winkworth Winchester on 01962 866777 for more information.
Where: Hyde Park
When: 17th November 2017 to 1st January 2018
Number of stallholders: 64
Features: Ice rink, ice bar, ice kingdom, giant wheel, circus.
Nearest Winkworth office: Paddington & Bayswater
Hyde Park Gardens Mews, London, W2
An incredibly pretty three double bedroom three storey freehold mews house on arguably the finest mews street on the Hyde Park Estate.
Call Winkworth Paddington & Bayswater on 020 7467 5770 for more information.
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