Which UK Christmas Markets Have EV Charging Stations?

Image of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (Photo Credit: Christine Matthews - https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4749324)

The festive season is upon us! Whether you’ve been singing Christmas songs since the 1st of November, or have been searching for something to get you in the festive spirit, exploring a Christmas market is bound to spread a few cheers.

From Victorian-themed markets to those specialising in pretzels (oh yes!), the UK has a wide selection of Christmas markets for you to explore. Fortunately, many of these have EV charging stations within a few minutes' walking distance - so while you shop, eat and get merry, your EV can charge until it’s time to leave.

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Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Dates: 3 November 2022 - 23 December 2022

Location: Victoria Square, New Street, Birmingham, B3 3DQ

Held in Victoria Square, Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany or Austria! Festive stalls are stacked with traditional gifts and food (think pretzels, schnitzels, bratwursts, gluhwein, weissbier, and tasty hot chocolate)! Whether you’re there to shop, eat or just take in the sights, this market is not one to be missed.

Nearby chargers:

  1. ESB Energy (2 Margaret St, Birmingham, B3 3BS). 3-minute walk.

  2. ESB Energy (Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5NY). 4-minute walk.

  3. ESB Energy (Navigation Street, Birmingham, B5 4AD). 4-minute walk.

  4. LiFe (Q-Park Mailbox, Royal Mail St, Birmingham, B1 1RD). 5-minute walk.

  5. ESB Energy (Dudley St, Birmingham, B5 4PJ). 8-minute walk.

Image of the Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas market (Photo Credit: Tim Ellis - https://flic.kr/p/sHBuV)
Photo Credit: Tim Ellis - https://flic.kr/p/sHBuV

Cardiff Christmas Market

Dates: 10 November 2022 - 23 December 2022

Location: Working St, Cardiff, CF10 2BY

With traditional Christmas stalls spreading across four streets in the city centre;  the Cardiff Christmas market has been held for the past thirty years. With over 200 individual businesses selling arts, crafts, and seasonal food and drink, it’s a unique Christmas market which allows you to buy directly from the makers. 

Nearby chargers:

  1. Osprey (Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BZ). 7-minute walk.

  2. Osprey (Park Pl, Cardiff, CF10 3BSLU). 11-minute walk.

  3. Osprey (Howard Pl, Newport Rd, Cardiff, CF24 0DE). 13-minute walk.

  4. Osprey (King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB). 14-minute walk.

Image of Cardiff Christmas Market
Photo Credit: No Swan So fine - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cardiff_Christmas_market,_November_2020.jpg

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Dates: 18 November 2022 - 2 January 2023

Location: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

2022 marks the 15th year of London’s Winter Wonderland! This huge ticketed event consists of a wide range of fairground rides, activities, food stalls, entertainment and beer halls - something for everyone. For those brave EV drivers ready to take on central London’s roads, there are plenty of nearby EV chargers - these are just a few of the closest!

Nearby chargers:

  1. Ubitricity (30 Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 7TW). 2-minute walk.

  2. Ubitricity (48 Mount Street, London, W1K 2SB). 2-minute walk.

  3. ESB Energy (10 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PP). 8-minute walk.

  4. ESB Energy (Belgrave Place, London, SW1X 8AJ). 10-minute walk.

Image of Hyde Park Winter Wonderland (Photo Credit: Christine Matthews - https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4749324)
Photo Credit: Christine Matthews - https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4749324

Manchester Christmas Markets

Dates: 10 November 2022 - 22 December 2022

Location: Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, M1 1AF

The first Manchester Christmas market opened its snowy doors in 1998; 24 years later this year's market will see over 220 stalls sell a variety of Christmas goods (including food and drink!), a ski chalet, and winter gardens!

Nearby chargers:

  1. LiFe (75 St James Street, Manchester, M1 4BP). 7-minute walk.

  2. LiFe (16 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 3BN). 8-minute walk.

Image of Manchester Christmas market
Photo Credit: Manchester City Council - https://flic.kr/p/dvmWcs

Stratford-upon-Avon Victorian Christmas Market

Dates: 8 December 2022 - 11 December 2022

Location: Waterside, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6BA

Yes, a four-day Victorian-themed Christmas market! This truly unique Christmas market has over 300 stalls (and every stallholder is dressed in Victorian attire). Entertainment will be provided throughout the event (including a traditional fun fair) and plenty of opportunities to grab some festive food and gifts.

Nearby chargers:

  1. Shell Recharge (Bridgetown, Shipston Road, CV37 7LP). 9-minute walk.

  2. GeniePoint (Morrison Supermarket, CV37 9DA). 15-minute walk.

Image of Stratford upon Avon Victorian Christmas market
Photo Credit: Gary S Crutchley - https://flic.kr/p/PFyT7H

York Christmas Market

Dates: 17 November 2022 - 23 December 2022

Location: Parliament Street, York, YO1 8RS

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of St Nicholas Fair. Alpine chalets will line Parliament Street with stalls offering a wide variety of local creations and Christmas goods. Brand new to York Christmas Market for 2022 is a traditional Swiss chalet, The Winter Hütte. For passers-by, grab a seasonal drink (gluhwein and spiced cider)!

Nearby chargers:

  1. LiFe (Q-Park Shambles, Garden Pl, York, YO1 7NZ). 5-minute walk.

Image of York Christmas market
Photo Credit: Sincerely Media - https://unsplash.com/photos/i3PdRmNFx_c

Winchester Cathedral Christmas Market

Dates: 18 November 2022 - 22 December 2022

Location: Winchester Cathedral, 9 The Close, Winchester, SO23 9LS

Hailed as one of the best festive markets in Europe, Winchester’s Christmas market takes residence on the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. With plenty of traditional Christmas stalls to take your fancy, this market is definitely worth a walk around, even if just for the jolly, festive atmosphere it creates!

Nearby chargers:

  1. MER (The Brooks, Friarsgate, Winchester, SO23 8QY). 4-minute walk.

  2. MER (Friarsgate, Tanner Street, Winchester, SO23 8EE). 5-minute walk.

  3. MER (Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LH). 6-minute walk.

  4. MER (Middle Brook Street, Winchester, SO23 8DQ). 6-minute walk.

  5. MER (St Peter's, Gordon Road, Winchester, SO23 7DD). 8-minute walk.

Photo of the Winchester cathedral Christmas market
Photo Credit: Angus Kirk - https://flic.kr/p/7jb3y1
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