Christmas market 2020: Which Christmas markets are going ahead and which are cancelled?

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Christmas markets are terrific for getting people into the festive spirit. From swigging mulled wine to stocking up on Christmas presents, markets are a staple over the winter. Tragically, coronavirus has taken its toll on big gatherings – so which Christmas markets are going ahead in the UK this year and which are cancelled?

UK Christmas Markets this year

Cardiff

Cardiff Christmas Market will return to the pedestrian streets of Cardiff City Centre in 2020.

This is “subject to any COVID relevant legislation/guidelines current at the time from the Welsh Assembly and Cardiff Council respectively, in order to make your visit as safe and as enjoyable as possible,” said Cardiff Christmas Market.

They added: “We are planning another exciting and eclectic mix of both new and returning exhibitors to tempt you as their original, hand made work is the essence of what makes our market so different and special every year.”

The dates are: Thursday, November 12 to Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s Christmas Market is set to take place.

The dates are: Tuesday, November 3, to Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Manchester

Manchester’s Christmas market looks set to go ahead but plans are yet to be confirmed.

“Manchester’s world-famous Christmas Markets remain under review to ensure that the event can adhere to COVID-19 regulations and keep visitors as safe as possible,” said the city’s tourist board.

“Dates, times and locations for the Manchester Christmas Markets will be announced in October 2020.”

Swansea

Swansea Christmas Market is still going ahead this year.

“Following the latest government advice and with daily on-site support, Swansea Christmas Market plans to deliver a festive and safe shopping experience for traders and customers!” said Swansea City Centre.

The dates are: Friday, November 27 – Monday, December 21, 2020.

York

York Christmas Festival is due to go ahead, with details yet to be revealed.

“We are going ahead with planning for St Nicholas’ Fair this year, and our top priority is to ensure the event is safe and delivered in line with Government guidance – providing lockdown restrictions are lifted,” said the city’s tourist board.

Last year, St Nicholas Fair won Best Large Speciality Market at the Great British Market Awards.

UK Christmas Markets cancelled

Edinburgh

The City of Edinburgh Council announced at the start of October that the city’s Christmas market would not be going ahead this year.

“Following the recent national restrictions and taking into consideration the likely additional strain on services over winter, it has been agreed that any sort of event which could attract a gathering or crowd will be avoided,” they said in a statement.

“This includes market stalls, rides and all other attractions.

“Instead, the focus will move to celebrating Edinburgh’s Christmas 2020 online. Further details of the revised plans will be announced in due course.”

Winchester

The Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market will not be taking place this year amid “growing uncertainty and the tightening of government restrictions.”

“We will be working hard with our partners to find alternative ways to support the city, after what has been a difficult year for many, and to bring festive cheer to Winchester in both traditional and new creative ways,” said Winchester Cathedral.

Lincoln

Lincoln Christmas Market 2020 has been axed “due to the ongoing threat of the UK’s coronavirus outbreak.”

“City of Lincoln Council has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s market in order to ensure the safety of all those visiting and operating the market,” said Lincoln Christmas Market.

The Christmas market has taken place in Lincoln since 1982 and is widely considered to be the oldest Christmas market in the country.

“Currently, we are in discussions to bring smaller, alternative events to the city, to ensure the Christmas spirit remains alive, and to help the local economy during the festive period,” Simon Colburn, Assistant Director for Health and Environmental Services at City of Lincoln Council, said.

London

London’s biggest Christmas market Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park will not be taking place in 2020.

“In light of ongoing health concerns and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without compromising the magical attractions, shows, rides, bars and experience that makes Hyde Park Winter Wonderland so special,” said Winter Wonderland.

Bath

This year’s Bath Christmas Market has been cancelled.

“We have adapted our event to offer a Virtual Bath Christmas Market, letting you shop directly from our local creatives and meaning you can still tick off everything on your Christmas list and feel reassured that you’re supporting Bath’s small businesses,” said Bath Christmas Market.

Birmingham

Birmingham’s German Christmas Market has been cancelled for 2020.

According to the city’s tourist office, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market is the largest authentic German market outside Germany and Austria.

Leeds

Christkindelmarkt – Leeds’ annual traditional German Christmas market – has been cancelled.

“The council will now be working with partners locally to look at alternative ways to celebrate the festive season safely in Leeds, in line with social distancing and the latest government guidance around events and social gatherings,” said Millennium Square.

Newcastle

Newcastle City Council has confirmed the main Christmas market for 2020 has been axed.

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