By: Condor Ferries on 01/11/2013

Condors top 5 Christmas Markets

With Christmas Day fast approaching, everyone is getting ready for the festive season. So why not soak up the bustling atmosphere with a short break to the UK to experience the Christmas markets. With sailings to Portsmouth and Weymouth, there are plenty of nearby traditional markets where you can enjoy the rich smell of mulled wine and the sparkle of bright lights. With your car, you can take back all the gifts for the family without the need to worry about excess baggage charges.


There is fun for all the family too, with many shopping locations offering ice skating, Christmas carols and the chance to visit Father Christmas. Why not book tickets to see a pantomime - whether Aladdin at the Bournemouth Pavilion, Robinson Crusoe at the Mayflower Southampton or Cinderella at the Weymouth Pavilion you and your family will enjoy a spectacular show with a bundle of laughs.


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Top five Christmas Markets:


Bournemouth Christmas Festival
14 November - 6 January
Held in Bournemouth Town Centre the festival aims to be bigger and better than ever. Featuring authentic German cuisine and traditional alpine chalets this festive extravaganza will be full of ambience.


Winchester Christmas Market
21 November - 22 December
Recognised as one of the best in Europe, Winchester Christmas Market is inspired by traditional German Markets attracting over 350,000 visitors each year, with wooden chalets situated close to the Cathedral itself.


Bath Christmas Market
28 November - 15 December
For 18 days, the quaint streets and square between the stunning Bath Abbey and the internationally renowned Roman Baths are transformed into a Christmas shopper’s haven with over 150 traditional chalets adorning the streets.


Bristol’s German Christmas Market
8 November - 22 December
The ever popular Christmas market returns this year, full of market stalls selling traditional crafts, gifts and mouth-watering festive German food and drink. The perfect place to not only do your Christmas shopping but get in the festive spirit too.


A Victorian Festival of Christmas, Portsmouth
29 November - 1 December
Transport your family back in time and celebrate Christmas at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard where snow is guaranteed. Wander through the Europeanstyle shopping village, Victorian Street, Georgian colonnades and discover superb quality gifts, fine crafts, festive food and drink.



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