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The best Christmas markets for festive gifts

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’Tis the season to go Christmas shopping… the twinkling fairy lights, the enticing aromas of fragrant festive fare and the familiar seasonal songs are a thrilling backdrop to the enchanting markets currently offering a variety of delightfully original gift ideas.

Seasonal shoppers can enjoy a magical day out searching for perfect presents for family and friends - and often find a special treat for themselves in the process!

Britain boasts many high-quality Christmas markets which rival the very best abroad - and the good news for PegasusLife owners is that there is at least one close to your home.

So don’t delay - make a date to find the perfect Christmas gift inspiration from your nearest festive market with our indispensable guide:

Bath

It’s a holly jolly Christmas for those lucky enough to live in the West of England with the award-winning Bath Christmas Market in full festive flow until Sunday 9 December.

Bath’s picturesque Georgian streets are filled with more than 160 enchanting chalets offering a huge range of artisan and unique presents and Christmas decorations from local designers.

Mulled wine, hog roast and caramelised nuts are tasty treats guaranteed to keep you going when the tough go shopping!

Exeter and Bournemouth

If you live further south you can rock around the Christmas trees at the fabulously festive markets in Exeter and Bournemouth.

Mulled apple gin and cider are on the menu at the enchanting Exeter Christmas Market, at Cathedral Green until Sunday 16 December.

An exciting blend of continental and local traders have set up their stalls to showcase the best festive food and drink, craft items and delightful gifts.

Be entertained while you shop - there’s a fantastic programme of festive music lined up from local choirs, bands and musicians. Don’t forget to sing along!

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Meanwhile, in Bournemouth Square, the Alpine Market is in full swing every day (except the 25th) until Wednesday 3 January.

Festive traders have a fine selection of gifts for all the family - and don’t forget to pay a visit to the authentic Alpine Lodge for a warming tipple or two! Anyone taking their grandchildren should set aside some time to visit Santa’s grotto - make sure they’ve made a list and checked it twice!

Cheltenham

Cheltenham residents can head to The Promenade for some Christmas cheer. Visit the market’s wonderful wooden chalets until Saturday 15 December to discover a wide range of Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink in a fabulously festive atmosphere. For a taste of Germany, enjoy a glass of Glühwein and a bratwurst while you wander!

Manchester

All you need for Christmas can be found at Manchester’s world-famous market. Wrap up warm and take a wander around 10 separate festive spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character - Albert Square, Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Market Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. Tuck into mouth-watering international food and drinks and shop for unique Yuletide gifts at nearly 350 stalls.

London

Anybody taking a winter wonderland trip into London has a choice of Christmas markets to visit - truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Among the best are ‘Christmas by the River’ at London Bridge City and the Southbank Centre’s Christmas Festival - offering gorgeous artisan gift ideas and global cuisine to tantalise the taste buds. There’s even a time-travelling circus!

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The capital also has the sparkling Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park with more than 200 cabins overflowing with handmade crafts and beautiful pieces of jewellery. Other fantastic festive markets are to be found in Leicester Square, Greenwich, Clapham Common and Kingston-upon-Thames to mention a few!

And with these festive attractions close to PegasusLife developments, residents can enjoy the seasonal attractions without travelling far. Get Christmas wrapped up now!

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