You don't have to travel out of the UK to catch the spirit of Winter at a traditional Christmas market. There are plenty of cities in Britain that hold spectacular festive markets and most of them feature local and traditional Christmas food to be taken away or eaten right there. Stock-up on jams, pickles and local cheeses, while the continental stalls will have food and drink from across mainland Europe to tempt the taste buds.

My home city of BIRMINGHAM  has its renowned Frankfurt Market and it is now well underway. I was there last weekend. Extended this year to beyond New Street, it starts in Chamberlain Square (above) and stretches through the heart of the city . Traditional German gifts, toys and food can be found alongside the gluhwein, sausages and stolen.Try a litre of beer to finish the evening off, and you!

BURY ST EDMUNDS hosts Suffolk's biggest and best, plus parades and fireworks. (

BRISTOL's market is now in action in Broadmead, in the heart of the shopping quarter and ends on Chrstmas Eve. I'll be there this weekend. (

The wooden chalets of the WINCHESTER market line the Cathedral's historic Close and surround an open-air ice rink (below). Already underway it finishes on 20 December. (

Beautiful BATH's market chalets line the historic streets surrounding the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey. You could not wish for a more spectacular setting, but hurry as it only runs until 11 December (

EDINBURGH's Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations (below) are a major feature for Scotland's tourist trade. On until 8 January, it includes a continental market, special children's Christmas festivities, a big wheel and shows for all the family. It can be found around Edinburgh's Princes Street Gardens.  (www.


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