The most magical time of year is just around the corner and a visit to a Christmas market can get you truly in the spirit of the season. Why not treat yourself to a leisurely trip with the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts and goodies, enjoying festive fare in the bustling atmosphere.
To really make the most of the holiday atmosphere, extend your visit with a trip to the theatre, a meal or even an overnight stay. That way you’ll avoid all the crowds and can truly relax and enjoy the season.
We’ve picked some of our favourite Christmas markets to get you feeling festive. And with Northern network trains running 7 days a week to most destinations you can plan in visits to all of them!
Nottingham’s magical Winter Wonderland
19th November – 24th December
Experience a Christmas spectacular like no other as you whizz around the sparkling ice rink –a unique way to browse the 60 Tudor style cabins filled with festive wares. Then raise a glass to the occasion in the world’s only Helter Skelter bar. And why not let us be your sleigh for the day and save up to 60% when you buy your tickets in advance online?
Christmas is Made in Cumbria
Set against a stunning backdrop of a giant ten-metre Christmas tree, this festive market is a celebration of everything close to home. From Cumbrian artisans selling handcrafted gifts to traditional local sweets and Cumbrian woollies, this is local fayre at its best. And why not let us be your sleigh for the day and save up to 60% when you buy your tickets in advance online?
Sumptuous food at Saltburn Farmers’ Market
Saturday 10th December
Get into the spirit of Christmas while you do your festive food shopping at Saltburn’s Farmers’ Market. Rated one of the best in the UK, this popular market has a huge range of locally produced meat & game, fresh fruit & veg, artisan bread and handmade cheese. Everything you need for a sumptuous festive feast.
Christmas cheer in Middlesbrough
25th November onwards
Picture the festive scene. Festive log cabins selling gifts for loved ones, festive entertainment and delicious seasonal nibbles for you. Middlesbrough’s Christmas markets are full of cheer this year – plus extra special events like the reindeer parade too.
Lincoln Christmas Markets
1st - 4th December
Lincoln is the perfect place to visit over the festive period. The medieval square between the impressive Norman castle and magnificent gothic cathedral is the perfect backdrop for the Christmas Market. This traditional Christmas Market has grown dramatically and now has over 200 stalls nestled with in the medieval square and surrounding area. Stroll around the cobbled streets enjoying the traditional atmosphere of this family event.
Save 60% when you book an Advance Purchase Ticket or 25% when two travel together on selected routes. That's more cash for Christmas!
A Knaresborough Christmas celebration
Kick off the countdown to Christmas at this wonderfully festive event in a picturesque market town. A wealth of local talent awaits at quality stalls and quirky shops, with lively entertainment for extra yuletide cheer. Extend the joy further by saving 25% with a DUO ticket when two adults travel together.
Manchester Christmas Markets
10th November – 20th December
Manchester’s Christmas markets are now the stuff of legend and people come from all over the UK to enjoy the shopping, atmosphere and food on offer. Spread across 10 locations in the city centre, each has its own distinct character and atmosphere.
With nearly 350 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets to visit, there really is something for everyone. Take a trip and enjoy a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour.
Last minute shopping in Preston
Preston’s first ever Christmas Maker’s Markets are hitting the city this December. Perfect for picking up those last minute goodies, you’ll find jewellery, arts and crafts from some of the area’s best local artists. And why not let us be your sleigh for the day and save up to 60% when you buy your tickets in advance online?
11th Nov – 18th Dec
Leeds' annual traditional German Christmas market has been bringing a little piece of Germany into the heart of the city centre since 2002 and has all the right ingredients for a perfect Christmas.
The Millennium Square has been transformed into a scenic winter village featuring a variety of authentic wooden chalet stalls, cosy indoor retreats, a traditional carousel. A perfect venue to relax and socialise with friends and family.