Tour the Christmas markets by camper van!


Published on 20th November 2018

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by visiting some of the beautiful Christmas Markets being held around the country (and on the Continent) over the next few weeks?

Increasingly popular with young and old alike, Christmas Markets combine festive lights, fabulous food and hundreds of brilliant crafty gift ideas  - so you can get all your Christmas shopping done and dusted, whilst having a thoroughly wonderful time. Perfect for the little ones, you’ll find fun fairground style rides, child friendly activities and you might even get to visit Father Christmas! Quite a few Markets boast ice skating rinks, live music and fireworks too so why not check out our guide to some of the best below?

If you’re feeling inspired by the thought of all these fabulous Christmas Markets, how about making an adventure of it and hiring a camper van from Kamper Hire for a Christmas Market tour?

Just choose the Christmas Markets that you fancy, take a look at campsite options here and then get in touch with us to book a snazzy VW California Ocean camper van to get you around. Easy to drive (and park), packed with all the equipment you need plus space for four to sleep comfortably, the VW California Ocean also has plenty of room for all those parcels!

Whether you choose to eat out at some of the glorious pubs and restaurants along the way or you prefer to rustle up something on the in-built kitchenette, you’ll find making a mini break out of the Christmas Market is a brilliant way to create memories and get you in the mood for a marvellous Christmastime!

 

Winchester Christmas Market 

Just up the road from the Kamper Hire HQ is the beautiful city of Winchester which hosts one of the very best Christmas Markets in Europe. Set around the historic Cathedral, you can expect wooden chalet stalls offering all sorts of goodies, lots of British and artisan products and some fabulous locally produced food. There is a brilliant ice rink which is lit with sparkling lights in the evening and it’s only a short stroll to the city centre shops and restaurants.

Find out more here.


Exeter Christmas Market

Devon’s flagship Christmas Market takes place on the fabulous Cathedral Green. Featuring a ‘Food Village’ with lots of treats to try and all sorts of beautiful handcrafted pieces to buy, combine a visit with some wild coastal walks and a great pub meal or two.

Find out more here.


Bath Christmas Market.

Bath’s Christmas Market prides itself on it’s locally sourced and locally made crafts, toys, home accessories and food. It’s set around the beautiful Roman Baths and the Abbey and once you’ve had enough shopping you can enjoy a round on the glow-in-the-dark crazy golf course.

Find out more here.


Birmingham Christmas Market

The market in Birmingham is traditional German style with plenty of Pretzels, schnitzels, gluhwein and weissbeer to enjoy. With truly beautiful lighting traditional music and a real village atmosphere - this one’s definitely not to be missed.

Find out more here.

 

Nottingham Christmas Market

Head to Robin Hood Country for a fabulously festive time. With plenty of gifts and crafts as well as an awesome Winter Wonderland, themed bars, a fairground carousel and ice rink at the Christmas Market plus all the fantastic surrounding countryside to explore.

Find out more here.


Edinburgh Christmas Market

Head up north for more chance of snow and one of the prettiest Christmas Markets around. Enjoy traditional whisky cocktails, ride on the big wheel and this year there’s a astonishing light display and silent disco to enjoy.

Find out more here.

There's a useful site (Motorhome Wildcamping) here which highlights UK pubs that allow stopovers (or which have their own campsites).


A little further afield…

Lille Christmas Market

Head to France via ferry or Eurostar and make the Lille Christmas Market part of your plan. The main square is transformed into a Winter Wonderland with 80 foot tree, giant ferris wheel and an incredible selection of stalls.

FInd out more here.

 

Brussels Christmas Market

Brussels is home to Belgiums’s largest Christmas Market - the Plaisirs d’Hiver. Expect street performers, skating rink and a nightly sound and light show as well as all your Christmas shopping solutions and some scrumptious seasonal food.

FInd out more here.

If you'd like to know more about why the VW California Ocean camper van makes a great touring solution, head over here.