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Best English Christmas Markets to Discover on a Cottage Holiday

Planning to take a cottage break from which to discover one of England’s best Christmas Markets? Taking a short mini-break and doing some Xmas shopping can be wonderful and can brighten up wintertime. Read our Choice of Top 3 Christmas Markets to Shop at during a self-catering break in England.

Our Top Choices of English Christmas Markets


One of England’s and the UK’s finest cities, Bath’s Christmas Market makes this city even more magical.  The streets around the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey are transformed during the time of the Christmas Market as wooden huts and chalets appear selling all kinds of festive gifts, toys, food and drink. Mulled wine can help keep you warm as you enjoy meandering around this fantastic outdoor market for festive gifts for friends or family.


The Christmas markets at York are amongst some of the very best to be found in England. Beautiful at any time of year, the fascinating historical city of York seems particularly special at Christmas time. At York’s St Nicholas Market, wooden huts help make this market all the more Christmassy and many stall holders dress up in Dickensian costumes, adding to the atmosphere. Goods on sale include crafts, food and drink, as well as Christmas decorations, who could wish for more?


London Covent Garden

The Market at Covent Garden at Christmas

Covent Garden’s Christmas Market

Home to a market all year round, Covent Garden is particularly worth a visit at Christmas. If you’re on the lookout for high quality gifts for friends or family you may just find the perfect present at Covent Garden. With high end shops as well as stalls selling artisan crafts, there is plenty of choice on offer here. What’s more, with cafes, bars and restaurants galore to choose from, this is a lovely place for a day out in any event. The Christmas decorations on this year are particularly spectacular and worth seeing.

Whichever Christmas market you choose to visit, taking a short break in a cottage can help you feel refreshed and more relaxed at this time of year which can become a little too frantic for some. Book a cottage with a hot tub or access to a pool and you can truly look forward to a relaxing break from which you can head out and do some shopping at a Xmas market during your stay.