To avoid being accused of giving my home city an unfair advantage in the Christmas Market market, I thought I would provide a brief rundown of other notable UK cities celebrating the festive occasion with street fairs of all kinds.

My daughter and her partner ventured north last weekend to visit this city's Christmas market and returned with very positive feedback. There is more than 300 stalls spread around nine sites, many with a theme, like a Victorian market and a craft market. There are stalls for jewellery, soap, decorations, puppets and candles in addition to all the festive food and drink. My daughter said it is very well organised and it was great to see the different parts of this beautiful city and each ones distinguishable market. She highly recommended the indoor market as not to be missed with lots of unusual stalls. The market runs until 22 December.

The four day St Nicholas Fayre runs from 28th November to 1st December and has 100 stands lining the streets and the city market hall. York's second market, the York Festive Fayre runs from 4th December to 22nd December and has 50 or so stalls with vendors in period costumes. Hot spiced punch provides a warming and delicious festive drink to sup while browsing.

The city's European market provides plenty of opportunities to buy those special Christmas gifts but it is in St Andrews Square where you will find the real action. Children can decorate gingerbread men and make calendars while their parents stock up on stovies, Aberdeen butteries and local beers at the Scottish market. But don't miss the Christmas tree maze, where you can get lost for a £4 admission fee. The market runs from 29th November to 5th January 2014.

Here you will find a very traditional British market with vintage haberdashery, chocolate making and artisan gifts on 70 stalls. The opening parade on 28th November will feature carols and paper lanterns made by local school children. The food on sale here is of the exotic variety - Spanish churros or doughnuts to us and Swiss raclette, soft heated cheese, provide an alterative to burgers and fries. The market runs from 28th November to 21st December.

I hope you can get to a Christmas Market this year and enjoy the festive spirit - mulled wine in a mug or glass!


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