Germany has very much come to UK in the form of German markets.
I was in Edinburgh, Scotland for a long weekend at end of November and already the German market was running. It's selling all kinds of german meats, hot sausage and mustard in a roll , hot dog and gifts for family and friends at this time of year. Also up was a fun fair with imposing ferris wheel
with the Edinburgh architecture in the backdrop. Once it got dark late afternoon it was an array of lights alongside Princes Street, very pretty and gets you in the mood for the festive period.
In Bristol where I live, in the South west of England the German market
is bigger than any year I saw it before, interwoven through Broadmead and Cabot Circus shopping areas in the city centre. It really brings the Christmas spirit to the streets, you can buy gifts, eat more hot dogs and sip on some hot glu vine. Also our some interesting new erections to look at like this reindeer
Also in Bristol is St Nicholas Market
, an all year Bristol market favourite selling local produce, gifts and nick-nacks. You can get yourself a locally grown English produce Pie Minister pies at the stall there, eat British Indian dishes, or buy some local sausages. There's also loads of gifts from arts and crafts, jewellery and an 'I love Brissle' t-shirt!
Now in Bath, close to Bristol there was a great Christmas market
- not German but local British crafts, gifts and foods. I didn't get a chance to see that one, but I know it caused a stir at the opening , it was by famous actor Nicolas Cage , yes! apparently like Johnny Depp he also has some property in the area.
Here's to the sparkle and shopping delights the markets bring, go out and visit these markets if you're closeby it is great fun.
Let's discuss, tell me about your Christmas markets the towns you're visiting in the UK...