Christmas markets UK: 4 you NEED to visit

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by Hertz - 10 December 2018

Start (or finish) your seasonal shopping, slurp hot chocolate, and spend a weekend walking in a winter wonderland.

Here’s our guide to some of the UK’s best Christmas markets to visit this festive season – and luckily enough, all are within reach of Hertz car hire branches. If this isn’t enough, here you can find even more markets to keep you busy over the holidays.  

So grab your gloves and your favourite people, hop in a car rental, and get into the yuletide spirit…

1. Oxford Christmas Market 

What: Oxford’s annual Christmas market is back and promises to be better than ever! Choirs will be singing merry Christmas carols, over 60 market stalls will line the city’s historic Broad Street, selling an array of seasonal gifts and trinkets, and aromas of cinnamon and delicious street food will fill the air.  

Where: Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AY

When: 7th -22nd December 2018

Thursday – Saturday, 10am - 8pm

Sunday – Wednesday, 10am - 6.30pm

Entry: Free

2. The Blenheim Palace Christmas Market

What: Expect sweet wooden chalets selling a range of festive treats, from homeware and jewellery to toys and fashion accessories. Foodies will also be catered to, with market-traders tantalising taste buds with everything from mince pies to roasted chestnuts. But best of all, the market is an Instagram-Worthy twinkly-sensation, set against the beautiful backdrop of Blenheim Palace.

Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PP

When: 23nd November – 16th December 2018, from 10.30am - 8:30pm

Entry: Tickets are available to purchase online or at the Box Office on the day of your visit, subject to availability

Closest Hertz branch: For car hire Oxford:

Oxford Railway Station

01865 920 164

Osney Mead-Ferry Hinskey Road

0843 309 3059*

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40, and the Oxford ring road provides direct access to Southampton, Portsmouth and Bristol via the A34.

3. Edinburgh’s Christmas

What: Promising an explosion of twinkling lights, enchanting sounds, mouth-watering flavours and lots of fun and laughter, it’s easy to see why the Edinburgh Christmas Market is one of the most popular markets in the whole of Britain.

Featuring rides and attractions like roller-coasters, Christmas carousels and ice-skating, a plethora of shows and attractions, and a unique shopping experience filling East Princes St Gardens, there’s something for everyone.

Where: East Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, EH2 2HG

When: 16th November 2018 - 5th January 2019

Markets are open from 10am - 10pm

Entry: Free

Closest Hertz branch: For car hire Edinburgh:

Edinburgh Airport

0843 309 3025*

Edinburgh City Centre

0843 309 3026*

Waverley Railway Station Train Arrivals Only

0843 309 3026*

4. Cardiff Christmas Market

What: Returning to the historic city centre, Cardiff Christmas Market is the ideal spot for some last-minute shopping. Offering a beautiful range of hand-made products, shoppers will be able to browse artwork and prints, home and garden products, gifts and accessories, and much more.

As well as bustling, snow-covered shopping grottos, market-goers can expect a cornucopia of Christmassy characters, music, lights and entertainment – including a Winter Wonderland with its own ice rink and Santa’s Grotto for the little ones.

Where: St John Street, Working Street, Hills Street, Trinity Street and the Hayes, Cardiff, CF10

When: 15th November to 23rd December 2018

Thursday 15th November (first day):10am - 7.30pm


Monday – Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 5pm

With late nights from 10am to 7pm in December on the 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21nd and 22nd

Sunday 23rd December (last day): 10am - 4pm

Entry: Free

Closest Hertz branch: For car hire in Cardiff:

Cardiff International Airport

01446 711722

Cardiff - Bessemer Road

02920 224548

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