Christmas markets 2020: Full UK list still going ahead this year

CHRISTMAS markets are the highlight for many Brits during the festive season, with shops, food stalls and attractions open to the public.

However, with coronavirus forcing parts of the country into lockdown, some cities have been forced to cancel their events.

Earlier this week, Nottingham's Christmas market was shut down just 24 hours after opening due to overcrowding, and will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Bath, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Winchester, Oxford, and Bristol are just some of the places which have already cancelled their Christmas markets while London's Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park has also been cancelled.

If you are in tier 3, you can meet with up to six people in public outdoor spaces, while tier 2 people can meet up to six people in private or public outdoor spaces.

Tier 1 residents can meet up to six people inside or outside, although this currently only applies to Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Isle of Wight.

The following destinations currently have Christmas markets going ahead, at the time of writing.

  • Cardiff
  • Swansea
  • Sheffield
  • Cornwall
  • Exeter – John Lewis
  • Manchester –  St Ann's Square, Piccadilly Garden
  • London – Selfridges, Greenwich, Kings Cross

To be able to open, the attractions have to follow social distancing guidelines as well as face masks to remain safe.

Limited capacity also needs to be followed, although will be difficult to regulate in large outdoor spaces.

If you want a hot Christmas, TUI has restarted long-haul holidays to Caribbean destinations Cuba, St Lucia and Antigua next month.

Kids can also get a magical experience this Christmas with a ride on the Polar Express train in York with hot chocolate, cookies and even a gift from Father Christmas.

Here are some of the other Christmas events going ahead in the UK this year.

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