Welcome to my Christmas Markets – Blogmas #3
I thought I’d share with you all one of my favourite festivities that I love to undertake each year! Christmas markets come in all shapes and sizes and in most UK cities… but also across the globe as well. I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of different Christmas markets over the last 12 months. Are you a Christmas market lover?
Christmas market are normally full of handcrafted Christmas gifts, decorations and food/drinks. There’s nothing more satisfying that wrapping up in warm clothing, hats and scarves and enjoying a warm mulled wine or cider. The smells of Christmas dried fruits and roasted chestnuts along with rich hot chocolates and yummy sausages and burgers.
I was lucky enough to attend the Budapest Christmas market last year! Wow, there were so many wonderful stalls selling amazing gifts and crafts. I wish I had more time to look at each stall, but it just wasn’t possible. Also the great food on offer was a must! I tried their chimney cakes which I loved (photography on the left). Budapest market was definitely more of a traditional Christmas market with the street lit with pretty Christmas lights. I visited Budapest in late November and sadly missed out on the snow… however I loved walking around in winter woollies. Hats, coats and gloves.
I enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit with mulled wine, Christmas crafts and singing carols at the cathedral. Bath is a beautiful city, and with the market as well the place has an amazing buzz to it (not great for people who don’t like crowds). Bath always has a special feel to it around Christmas time, the Christmas aromas and the winter feel. I also meet my Grandma in Bath to exchange Christmas presents, go shopping and have a lovely lunchtime meal. Normally we explore the city and take silly photographs with the Christmas tree outside the Cathedral.
Winchester is historical city in Hampshire, not far from the New Forest. The cathedral grounds is the host to Winchester Christmas market and is a beautiful setting to wander around during the daytime or at night. The wooden huts have an array of crafts, gifts, food and drinks. Winchester Christmas market also hosts a ice rink which plays Christmas songs all day long (this could get tedious!). The beautiful setting and the smells of Christmas aromas makes Winchester feel very Christmassy and makes for a great day out. You are only a short walk to the shops and lots of chain and boutique cafes and coffee shops.
I love visiting a Christmas market, whether that be in the UK or in Europe, you are sure have a little wander around and who doesn’t love grabbing a warm mulled wine to enjoy whilst indulging the Christmas spirit. The colourful lights, beautifully decorated wooden huts and the smelling aromas of sausages, wine, fire pits (to toast marshmallows) and Christmas music playing.
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas Markets Blogmas #3 post as much I did writing about the lovely markets. Have they got you in the Christmas spirit yet? I’d love to hear about your favourite Christmas market/s!
Stay tuned for Blogmas #4