Red7 , December 16, 2011
Get into the Christmas spirit and either venture abroad or within the UK to find some original and unique gifts from the beautiful abundance of Christmas markets;
Manchester Christmas Market
Award winning, this market has over 200 stalls and runs for the whole month of December. The market sells everything from clothes and jewellery to arts and crafts, with a great selection of international food stalls as well as the classic mulled wine and christmassy delights like cinammon biscuits. If you’re finding yourself on a Manchester hen do then be sure to drop by.
With Europe’s largest outdoor ice rink, fireworks, hundreds of stalls selling antique and contemporary gifts all to the backdrop of the majestic Edinburgh castle, this market is an absolute must even if you’re on a stag do in Edinburgh as it’s in the centre of the city so you can walk through on your way to the pub and pick up a delicious German sausage as well as a German beer to get you started.
Berlin – Kaiser Wilhelm
If you can tear yourself away from the beer garden on your stag do in Berlin then this market is definitely worth a gander. With up to 4 million visitors every year, the rustic wooden stalls sell the usual handmade crafts and gifts however, with Berlin being home to very creative and cutting edge artists, you have the added extra of picking up some original artwork or even unique jewellery for the missus.
London – Winter Wonderland
Food and drink stalls, a Ferris wheel, circus, a fairground ride and an ice rink which is illuminated by thousands of little lights, this market overruns Hyde Park every year and is the biggest in the UK. Wandering around the Winter Wonderland makes for a unique experience for a London hen weekend.
This market is best for food and drink rather than gifts. Set in the Old Town square of cobbled streets and Baroque architecture, the surroundings are beautiful and it’s easy to combine the market visit with a night out if you’re on a stag do in Prague.