I love the atmosphere in Christmas markets (unless they are too crowded) and town centres decorated with lights and trees. The best Christmas markets I have ever been to are in Germany, but even here in England more and more nice ones start appearing. Many of these markets are German style anyway. I think that Christmas markets are all about eating nice veggie snacks and sweets and especially drinking mulled wine. It's nice to get a warming drink when you are outside in the cold. This year I visited a few Christmas markets in England, and wanted to share some photos I took while I was visiting them.
The large Gothic cathedral offers a wonderful backdrop to the Winchester Christmas market, and the whole town centre is decorated with beautiful lights around Christmas. Here you can certainly get into the season's spirit.
If you are visiting London, pop into the busy area of Southbank to enjoy the Christmassy feeling at the Southbank Centre Christmas market and the Real Food Christmas market. You can make great discoveries there especially in terms of food shopping.
I bumped into these friendly creatures when I was walking through the forest to the New Forest Christmas fair in Brockenhurst in early December. The fair itself was also a nice event, and there was lots of local produce available.
Southampton's Christmas market is centrally located in the city's shopping area and it's also a German style market.
Have fun visiting Christmas markets!