What better way to enjoy the festive season than exploring a Christmas market with your dog! Every year parks, towns, and markets transform into a winter wonderland, letting everyone relish in the beautiful Christmas weather and tradition. A Christmas market encapsulates all the greatest parts of Christmas into one central location which makes it perfect to indulge in with your furry best friend.
Check out our hand-picked list of dog-friendly Christmas markets across the UK to visit this year.
When: 9th November 2018 – 23rd December 2018
The beautifully decorated Bristol market takes place in the heart of Broadmead, the Bristol Shopping Quarter. You can expect 55 wooden chalets decorated with twinkling lights filled with art, festive gifts, and of course delicious food and drinks! Open from 10am to 10pm, visitors can enjoy German wine, hot chocolate, and even German beer at the Jagerbarn beer garden. Bristol market also has a food village and abundance of unique Christmas gifts which makes it the perfect place to bring your pup and sniff out some of the greatest finds this Christmas season!
When: 22nd November 2018 – 9th December 2018
The Bath Christmas market is one of the largest in the UK, featuring over 200 chalets featuring 80% of stallholders from Bath and the South West and 99% of the Christmas gifts and handmade in Britain. With such a large market, there’s bound to be a wide variety of food that you and your pup will be sure to enjoy and get you in the Christmas spirit! From the festive decorations to the beautiful gifts and food, the Bath market is definitely worth checking out this Christmas season. It is open from 10am to 7pm Monday through Wednesday, 8:30pm Thursday through Saturday, and until 6pm on Sundays. If you’re bringing your furry friend to relish in all the Christmas fun, it is recommended to go during the less busy times, such as during the week so that the crowds do not overwhelm your pooch.
When: 17th November 2018 – 22nd December 2018
The Belfast Christmas market will be returning for the 14th year in a row in the famous City Hall! This perfect location provides visitors with plenty of scenic landscapes and backgrounds that are transformed into a magical Christmas event. Among the Christmas gifts and decorations are some of the greatest culinary choices you will ever see. If you’re craving something, the Belfast Christmas market is bound to have it as there is an abundance of Belgian chocolate, French tarts, traditional German Bratwursts, Spanish Paella, and many more foods from across the world. But don’t get too caught up in the amazing food and forget to visit Santa’s Grotto! Santa spends his time at the Belfast Christmas market in his Grotto, making all the children’s Christmas wishes come true. The market is open until the 22nd of December so there is plenty of time to experience all Belfast has to offer!
Where: London Bridge, London
When: 29th November 2018 – 2nd January 2019
This market is in the perfect location as it is surrounded by amazing views of the Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, and the City skyline of London. Visit the ‘Christmas by the River’ market to gaze at the beautiful decorations and lights illuminating the city, making it a true winter wonderland. There are almost 70 stalls of Christmas decorations, stocking stuffers, food, drinks, and Christmas music. Take your pup and let them pick out their Christmas gifts for you and their furry friends!
When: 16th November 2018 – 5th January 2019
The Scottish Market in Edinburgh transforms into a Christmas experience during the winter months and runs from 26th of November to the 24th of December! Located in St. Andrew Square, this Christmas market is filled with traditional Scottish art, crafts, and delicious Scottish food.
The European Market in Edinburgh also turns into a magnificent winter wonderland and offers unique gifts and stocking stuffers such as crafts and ornaments. This Christmas market runs from 19th of November until 7th of January. Both markets are a great way to spend a chilly winter day with your pup and to roam throughout the stalls finding your favourite Christmas treats!
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While the information included in this blog is considered to be correct at the date of publication, changes in location and dates of markets may be subject to change so please check before planning your day out with your dog.