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Aspinal's Guide To Christmas Markets

Christmas is around the corner, so we are providing you with a guide on the hottest markets to go to...

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

When: 20th November - 3rd January 2016

Where: Hyde Park

How much: Pay for each ride or activity.

Christmas family fun aplenty with a huge ice rink, two circuses, an observation wheel and the Magical Ice Kingdom, plus themed bars for the grown-ups.

Southbank Centre Winter Festival, London

When: 4th December - 4th January 2016

Where: Southbank Centre

How much: Free

The Southbank Centre Winter Festival returns for 2015 and along with its array of festive shows and performances they will also be celebrating the coldest season with a fistful of fun pop-ups and activities. The annual Christmas market is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Gingerbread Christmas, Kent

When: 6th December - 23rd December

Where: Leeds Castle, Maidstone

How much: Starting at £12

This Christmas the castle has a whole lot of activities for all the family. Decorations will be based on a gingerbread theme and there will be a central display with Christmas trees full of gingerbread treats.

There will be a festive Christmas market where you can buy beverages including hot chocolate and mulled wine whilst watching live reindeer. There will be a Gingerbread Quest across the grounds to keep children entertained.

And, of course, there will also be visits from Father Christmas.

Christmas Market at St. Stephen's Green, Dublin

When: 13th November - 22nd December

Where: St. Stephen's Green Park

How much: Free

With more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen's Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams and preserves and prints as well as seasonal food and drinks.

Frankfurt Christmas Market, Birmingham

When: 12th November - 22nd December

Where: Victoria Square

How much: Free

Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market and Craft Market, now having run for over a decade, has become a massive favourite with both residents and visitors to the city from all over the UK and Europe. With over 180 stalls, we claim it as the largest outdoor Christmas Market in the Britain, and is the centrepiece of the city's annual Christmas events calendar.

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