By Danielle Smith
Christmas carols, mulled wine, ice-skating and Father Christmas are what make up some of the best festive markets in the UK and especially St Albans. With St Albans holding one of the UK’s eldest markets what a better place to hold one over this festive season.
One of the most spectacular markets to be held this year in St Albans is Meraki Christmas Festival. Packed full of traditional German-style chalets, astounding festive activities, exclusive experiences and Christmas Cheer what is not to love! One of the sites for this festival is being held within the 1923 historic country site of Front Meadow, Verulamium Park from 8th December until 22nd December (just enough time to grab them extra Christmas presents). The second site it is being held at is Hertfordshire County showground from 30th November until 6th December and the third site is to be held at Vintry Garden 30th November until 22nd December.
There is a vast array of activities to do and many things to see at all three markets in St Albans including one of my favourite things an ice-skating rink. If you are not an avid skater do not worry it is accessible for people of all abilities with the help of some Christmas elves if you ever become stuck. This synthetic ice skating rink is to be built alongside the famous Meraki Christmas tree, which is full of lights and festive spirit and an amazing shining star. If you wish for some more Christmas activities then one for all the family is the silent disco. With two main radio channels to choose from you could be getting down with the sounds of Michael Buble whilst your friends could be singing their hearts out to Slade. As well as the events available at the markets the Christmas food stalls are one not to be missed. You could start your Christmas food journey with chocolate covered churros, to the German Bratwurst, toasted marshmallows and chestnuts to beer battered fish and chips. Food is available to all and caters for the carnivores to the vegetarians and vegans (you may be able to grab some freebies on the way!).
General admission is free for everyone and is open every day excluding some Mondays. For any more information about any of the markets follow the link below and Merry Christmas!