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Are you planning a short get-away before Christmas arrives? Why not fly across the pond to the UK for some last minute Christmas shopping?

thortful.com have compiled a list of the most Instagram-worthy Christmas hotspots in the UK and you definitely need to check them out if you’re visiting over the next few weeks.

Manchester Christmas Market has been crowned the top Christmas market in the UK, followed by Edinburgh, Bath and London’s Winter Wonderland.

Birmingham and York also made the top ten list.

Manchester hosts UK’s most Instagrammable Christmas market in the UK, with the hashtag #manchesterchristmasmarkets being used a staggering 41,507 times. With more than 300 wooden chalets spread across 10 locations in the city, be sure to grab a picture on Albert Square with a backdrop of the huge light up Santa.

If you’ve completed your Christmas shopping (we’re very jealous) then you need to head to one of the UK’s top ice-rinks for a festive evening.

The Natural History Museum hosts UK’s most Instagrammable Ice Skating Rink, with the hashtag #nhmicerink being used over 2,600 times. With the charming architecture of the museum as your backdrop, this outdoor ice rink is too beautiful.

Competing with the top spot are Somerset house Ice Rink, London, Bath on Ice, Winter Wonderland Ice Rink, Cardiff and the Christmas Village Ice Rink, Aberdeen.

We’ll certainly be squeezing in a trip to the UK before December is over.


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Halloween is well and truly over, so now we can finally get into the Christmas spirit. And what better way than a trip to one of the many gorgeous markets dotted all over Europe.

Pick up a few trinkets, have a stroll around the town a glass of eggnog – or probably an Irish whiskey – in hand, and enjoy a few drinks in the snow as you soak up the atmosphere.

Stuck for ideas? Here are our top five markets to hit this winter.

Berlin, Germany

The home of the Christmas market, and delicious craft beer, Berlin is your one stop shop for everything festive. You should be able to pick up a fairly cheap Ryanair flight to the capital – or more likely just outside the city – but it will be worth it. You will find stalls selling scrumptious food, gorgeous jewellery and traditional festive decorations.

Brussels, Belgium

The Brussels Christmas market, Brussels' Winter Wonders, is only a quick flight away and is definitely a good contender if you don’t want to stray too far from home. Pick up a few pressies and enjoy live animations at the same time.

Lille, France

This little market will has plenty of food stalls, decorations, arts and crafts and the impressive Ferris Wheel located on the main square. Adding to the magic is the giant Christmas tree that is the main focus of the market.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Located at Tivoli Gardens, the Hans Christian Andersen Christmas fair will have you feeling like you just stepped into a fairytale.  Walk among the stalls which will be covered in hundreds of lights takeaway cup of hot chocolate in hand.

Galway Continental Market

Can’t afford to shop and pay for flights? Don’t worry, the Galway Christmas market is actually pretty incredible. Starting on Friday, 21st November, you can enjoy the live entertainment, drink German beers from the German Bierkeller and pick up a few pressies. We’re hoping for snow this year to make it that extra bit special.