River Island’s Christmas Market Guide

Wherever you are in the UK or Europe, there's a Christmas market in Europe for you in 2017. Check out our guide to ten of the best Christmas markets for you to soak up the festive spirit. 


Bath Christmas Market: November 24 to December 11


Bath hosts a spirited and fun Christmas market with over 170 stalls lining the streets of Bath selling everything from Christmas jumpers to handmade gifts. Wrap up warm in a statement grey faux suede fallaway jacket and once you have done all your shopping you can head to the Royal Victoria Park for the ice rink and glow in the dark crazy golf, take a tour of the Roman Baths or watch a performance at the Theatre Royal.

London Christmas Markets: November to January (various dates)


Several London Christmas markets take place from November to January from the traditional Southbank Centre Christmas Market with its wooden chalet stalls (November 30 to January 3) to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland (November 18 to January 2) that has a giant observation wheel, ice rink and circus. If you want to stay warm while you frolic in Hyde Park, huddle up in a khaki green faux fur trim hooded parka. After you hit the London Christmas markets, why not take in the city lights on Oxford Street and Covent Garden and pop into a River Island store or our style studio? Not only do we have tons of Christmas gifts under £10 for your friends and colleagues, we have all the trimmings needed for a stylish season. 

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market: November 17 to December 29


If you can’t jet to Germany for their traditional Christmas fairs, head to The Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market, which is the largest German market held outside Germany and Austria. Step out in a pair of black multi buckle ankle boots. An oversized jumper and sleek leggings will complete the look. Visitors can soak up the village atmosphere in Victoria Square in style while enjoying a wide range of German food and drinks. 

Manchester Markets: November 10 to December 20


There are several Christmas markets throughout Manchester where you can find handmade local gifts alongside a globally sourced selection of jewellery, leather items and speciality foods. A black lurex stitch roll neck jumper is a festive and sparkly addition to jeans and long boots which will keep you warm while you browse the stalls for all your Christmas bargains!

Strasbourg Christmas Market: 30 November to 31 December


The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik dates back to 1570 and is the oldest Christmas market in France, so it is only natural that the city considers itself to be the capital of Christmas. When the festive streets of Strasbourg are filled with beautiful garlands of sparkling lights, it’s time for your outfit to shine just as bright. Get inspired with the festivities with a glittering sequin dress, or if you are looking for something more casual, try a black leather quilted jacket.

Glasgow Christmas Market: November 10 to December 29


St Enoch’s Square is home to the Glasgow Christmas Market from November 10 to December 22 with a huge selection of international products on offer. A beautiful red borg oversized chain shopper bag is a perfect addition to your outfit for visiting the Glasgow Christmas Market and has plenty of room for your festive haul. It may be cold up north but with a grey jumper dress, you’ll be heating up the city.

Cardiff Christmas Market: November 10 to December 23


Amp up the festive spirit with the Christmas markets in Cardiff. From gifts like artwork and photography to a funfair and ice rink at Winter Wonderland, the Cardiff Christmas market is the perfect place to find that present for that special someone. Stay chic and ensure all eyes are on you as you strut the Christmas streets in a red bardot knitted dress.

Brussels Christmas Market: 24 November to 31 December


Visitors to the Brussels Christmas Market will be treated to a beautiful display of of the holiday season including a magical son & lumiere illumination display on the Grand-Place. And of course there are plenty of stalls for stocking up on Christmas gifts and festive delights. If you’re visiting in the daytime, a high neck jumper dress will look great with a cross-body bag to keep your hands free as you shop. For a day-to-night look, shine on in a sparkling party dress under a glam faux-fur coat.