Which UK Christmas Markets Have EV Charging Stations?
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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Dates: 2 November 2023 - 24 December 2023
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.
ESB Energy (85 Cornwall Street, B3 3BY). 3-minute walk.
ESB Energy (Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS). 4-minute walk.
ESB Energy (Navigation Street, Birmingham, B5 4AD). 4-minute walk.
Raw Charging (Q-Park Mailbox, Royal Mail St, Birmingham, B1 1RD). 5-minute walk.
ESB Energy (Dudley St, Birmingham, B5 4LJ). 8-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Tim Ellis - https://flic.kr/p/sHBuV
Dates: 9 November 2023 - 23 December 2023
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.
Connected Kerb (Castle Mews Car Park, CF10 3EW). 6-minute walk.
Osprey (Windsor Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BZ). 7-minute walk.
Osprey (Park Pl, Cardiff, CF10 3RL). 11-minute walk.
Osprey (Howard Pl, Newport Rd, Cardiff, CF24 0DE). 13-minute walk.
Osprey (King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB). 14-minute walk.
Photo Credit: No Swan So fine - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cardiff_Christmas_market,_November_2020.jpg
Dates: 17 November 2023 - 1 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!
Ubitricity (30 Upper Grosvenor Street, London, W1K 7TW). 2-minute walk.
Ubitricity (48 Mount Street, London, W1K 2SB). 2-minute walk.
ESB Energy (10 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PP). 8-minute walk.
ESB Energy (Belgrave Place, London, SW1X 8AJ). 10-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Christine Matthews - https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/4749324
Dates: 10 November 2023 - 23 December 2023
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!
Chargepoint (1 New York Street, M1 4HD). 4-minute walk.
Be.EV (Manchester, M1 3AY). 4-minute walk.
Raw Charging (x2) (40 Spring Gardens, M2 1EN). 5-minute walk.
Be.EV (Manchester, M4 1LQ). 6-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Manchester City Council - https://flic.kr/p/dvmWcs
Dates: 7 December 2023 - 10 December 2023
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.
Allego (Shell Recharge Bridgetown, Shipston Road, CV37 7LP). 13-minute walk.
GeniePoint (Morrison Supermarket, CV37 9DA). 15-minute walk.
MER (SWFT Clinical Services Ltd, Building One, CV37 6NX). 15-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Gary S Crutchley - https://flic.kr/p/PFyT7H
Dates: 16 November 2023 - 22 December 2023
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)!
Raw Charging (Garden Place Q Park, YO1 7PA) 6-minute walk.
Blink (Q-Park Shambles, York 1, YO1 7NZ). 6-minute walk.
Podpoint (Lendal Bridge, YO1 7DP). 7-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Sincerely Media - https://unsplash.com/photos/i3PdRmNFx_c
Dates: 17 November 2023 - 21 December 2023
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!
MER (The Brooks, Friarsgate, Winchester, SO23 8QY). 4-minute walk.
MER (Friarsgate, Tanner Street, Winchester, SO23 8EE). 5-minute walk.
MER (Colebrook Street, Winchester, SO23 9LH). 6-minute walk.
MER (Middle Brook Street, Winchester, SO23 8DQ). 6-minute walk.
MER (St Peter's, Gordon Road, Winchester, SO23 7DD). 8-minute walk.
Photo Credit: Angus Kirk - https://flic.kr/p/7jb3y1
Dates: 1 December 2023 - 17 December 2023
Location: Carlisle City Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8JW
The centre on Carlisle is pedestrianised - perfect for Christmassy stalls to pop up and steal the show in the festive season! Just outside the Old Town Hall, this is the perfect place to go and find stocking fillers for all your friends and family.
Evology (Mary Street, CA1 1QP). 6-minute walk.
Geniepoint (Rickergate, CA3 8QG). 7-minute walk.
MER (Victoria place, CA1 1HS). 7-minute walk.
Charge my Street (Clifford Street Car Park, CA3 8XP). 8-minute walk.
Charge my Street (The Sands Centre, CA1 1JQ). 11-minute walk.
Lizi Macgregor - https://www.lakedistrictlodgeholidays.co.uk/blog/our-favourite-christmas-events-in-cumbria/
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