What better way to get into the festive spirit than to visit one of the many Christmas Markets around the UK and in Europe. Assuming you’ve been a good boy or girl this year, why not indulge yourself with mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and loads of other yummy treats, as you stroll around the many stalls and stands, humming along to your favourite carols.
We’ve rounded up some of the best ones that can be explored in a motorhome.
Just a short stroll from Bath Spa Station, in the centre of the city, you will find Bath Christmas Market – one of the largest festive events in the UK and certainly the most beautiful. For 18 days, more than 170 quaint wooden stalls line the squares and streets surrounding the impressive Bath Abbey, selling everything you could possibly need for your festive celebrations.
Stay at: Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Getting into town: Park at the Lansdown Park & Ride, BA1 9BJ. Buses run every 15 minutes – Monday to Sunday.
A fantastic two day Christmas Shopping Experience! You could find everything on your list all under one roof! From the moment you arrive you will be caught up in the Christmas spirit and atmosphere at this well known, iconic Brighton building, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. This will prove to be one of the must visit, largest Christmas Fayres along the South Coast.
Stay at: Sheepcote Valley Caravan Club Site
Getting into town: Take the bus into Brighton or the Volks historic railway along the promenade to Brighton Marina.
Situated at the beginning of Baden-Baden’s world famous and splendid parks and gardens “Lichtentaler Allee”, the “Christkindelsmarkt Baden-Baden” seduces visitors from all over the world to a romantic winter fairytale. From 23 November to 30 December 2015 visitors encounter small streets of festive stalls, where the romantic atmosphere is heightened by thousands of shimmering Christmas lights. The entire experience is capped with a festive and manifold program of entertainment and culinary delights for both young and old.
Stay at: Wohnmobilparkplatz
From 20 November the Bruges market square will be transformed into an ice rink surrounded by lots of little shops selling clothes, food and drink and every Christmas bauble imaginable. Sweets and chocolates are the highlight here. The market runs every day until 3 January except Christmas Day.
Park (day and overnight) at the Canal Island Aire de Camping Car and walk into town.
Travel back in time to the town’s days of old as the medieval fayre comes to town. Enjoy a wonderful day out for the whole family as you experience the sights, sounds and smells of a town and castle preparing for Christmas. Browse Caerphilly’s medieval market with over 150 traders around the event site selling food, replica medieval goods and traditional crafts. An offering of medieval acts and entertainment will entertain the young and old plus a variety of Christmas activities will keep the whole family entertained.
Stay at: The Cwmcarn Forest Campsite
Getting into town: Use St Ilan’s Park and Ride
Chichester’s busiest streets will again be transformed in December into a fantastic Christmas shopping experience! This superb festive event is a firm favourite with Chichester visitors and in 2015, as in previous years, this incredibly popular Christmas Market will be spread over nine days from 5-13th December.
Stay at: Concierge Camping
Getting into town: Park in the Via Ravenna Coach Park adjacent to Waitrose.
The Padstow Christmas Festival earned the accolade of one of Lonely Planet’s top ten delightfully different Christmas markets in Europe. As you would expect from Rick Stein’s home town, food is a large part of this festival and a top line up of chefs will be giving demonstrations throughout the three days. The festival runs on the weekend of the 3rd-6th December.
Stay at: Padstow Caravan Park
Getting into town: If you can walk the couple of miles into town. Otherwise use the Harbour car park or the Park and Ride near Tesco.
The Christmas Village at the Place d’Erion is made up of 125 chalets offering beautiful seasonal gifts, decorations and festive delicacies. There is much street entertainment including carol singers, jazz bands and magicians. Stock up on Champagne at the same time.
Stay at: Reims Aire de Camping Car in the centre of town
Voted by The Daily Telegraph as one of the Top 10 Christmas Markets in the UK in 2012, Salisbury Christmas Market is one of the prettiest and most tasteful in the country. Organised to superbly high standards, visitors to Salisbury Christmas Market can expect to find lots of inspiring, high quality, desirable gifts and festive goods that one would not easily find on every High Street.
Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Founded in 2006, the Winchester Christmas Market is recognised as one of the best in Europe, renowned for its unique location, high quality exhibitors and bustling atmosphere. Wonderful Christmas gifts, decorations and festive foods can be found in abundance.
Stay at: Morn Hill Caravan Club Site
Or stay at the Chestnut Horse Brit Stop
Getting into town: Park in the Worthy Lane coach park or St Catherine’s Park and Ride