The festive season is not complete without a visit to a Christmas market as they always add an extra touch of magic to the festivities. Known for its mulled wine, gorgeous Christmas trees, roasted chestnuts and unique Christmas decorations, there’s something for everyone. And according to a new study, Manchester Christmas Markets that’s where it’s at, be crowned the best in the UK.
Carried out by Christmas Tree World, the study found that Manchester had the most notable festive market, describing it as a “must-visit”. Last Christmas, Manchester missed out on top spot to Edinburgh, but this year the famous Northern Market prevailed. Although it’s not the first time we’ve received this accolade, last year’s searches for a holiday rental company crowned Manchester the best.
The Christmas tree company has collated data on all Christmas markets in the UK, comparing their start date, duration, average nightly costs for stays in 3 and 4 star hotels, Instagram mentions and monthly Google searches to create an overall Christmas Market Score. With more than 60,000 searches on Google throughout the holiday season, and an average of 8,000 mentions on Instagram, Manchester Christmas Markets scored an overall score of 7.54. Moreover, the good news is that this market can be enjoyed from November for a huge 40 days.
Not far behind Manchester was Nottingham, ranked second best Christmas market in the UK with an overall score of 6.61. Over 46 days, visitors have plenty of time to check out Nottingham’s 60ft Christmas tree and many of its charming wooden stalls. And if you’re planning on traveling a long way to Nottingham’s festive markets this year, you can enjoy a night in one of the city’s 3-star hotels for an average cost of £89 a night.
Coming in third place for the UK’s best Christmas markets was Leeds, which had over 6,000 searches throughout the holiday season on Google and over 4,000 hashtags on Instagram. However, when it comes to the best Christmas markets in Europe, unfortunately, no cities in the UK made the list. The first three cities in the European ranking were Wroclaw Poland, Tallinn in Estonia and Dusseldorf in Germany.