The history of Christmas markets date back many years and are thought to have originated in Germany as early as the 13th Century. Originally it is thought that Christmas Markets were held in market squares in front of the Church in the hope that anyone attending the church service would then be enticed into the market.
Typically Christmas Market season starts from the first weekend of Advent, and continue until Christmas Eve, however each market is different and opening times do vary.
Christmas markets have an almost unique atmosphere, partly due to the seasonal nature but also because they are generally extremely well decorated and lit up, and many often feature live music or entertainment.
Whilst the Christmas Market concept started in Germany (and many of Europe's largest markets are based there), the idea has spread throughout Europe over the years, and there are now many large markets operating within the UK. Take part in this unique tradition where you'll be able to pick up some truly unique Christmas presents, listen to carols and enjoy the more traditional aspects of Christmas shopping!