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If there’s ever a time to indulge, it’s at a Christmas Market!

The festive season often means rushing around, packing in the preparation at crammed high street stores … or it can mean making a trip to one of the country’s festive fairs, which are much more fun and unique. Think roast chestnuts, Christmas lights and mulled wine!

Historically, Christmas Markets were very popular until Oliver Cromwell banned them in the 1600s. These Christmas Markets ceased more or less instantly, but became popular again in the Victorian without the title of Christmas Market as such. As the decades passed, the Christmas Market became popular once more.

Usually the Christmas Market takes place along a street during the four weeks of advent. Well-known UK events are Bath, Winchester, Skipton, Grassington and York, although countless smaller events take place throughout November and December. And you could combine a festive visit with a glamping break at one of the many Wigwam® sites across the British Isles.

Bristol View Wigwams® are just a short drive away from Bath Christmas Market taking place from 24th November to 11th December 2016. Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market, now celebrating its tenth anniversary, welcomes Christmas shoppers from 18th November to 20th December 2016, and with Chawton Park Farm Wigwams® just a stone’s throw away, what better place to stay than at this location once owned by novelist Jane Austen’s brother.

Heading to Yorkshire? Then you won’t be short of yuletide yumminess with the St Nicholas Fayre, York (17th November to 23rd December); Grassington’s Dickensian Festival (3rd & 4th, 10th & 11th December); Skipton Christmas Market (4th and 11th December) all taking place within reach of Yorkshire’s Wigwam® sites.

North of the border, and Edinburgh is famous for its Christmas offerings including the European Christmas Market (19th November 2016 to 7th January 2017) and its Scottish Market (26th November to 24th December 2016).

Cornwall is festooned with festive events including Fowey Christmas Market (9th to 11th December), and you could stay at one of the Wigwam sites in this lovely county.

For a Christmas Market with a Welsh flavour, you could try Cardiff Christmas Market (10th November to 23rd December) or the Abergavenny Christmas Food Festival (11th December only) not forgetting our Welsh Wigwam® sites either!

So as we enter the final countdown to Christmas, wrap up warm, grab that Christmas shopping list and get in the festive mood!

For more information about which sites provide Christmas glamping, check out the Christmas section of our website here.