What with the year w've all had, there's never been a more appropriate time to get in the Christmas spirit. We're eyeing up alcoholic advent calendars (the beauty advent calendar has already been purchased..), have our Christmas movies at the ready, and want to get festive as soon as possible.
Under normal circumstances, one easy way to do that is a Christmas market. We can picture the scene now: mulled wine on tap, steins of beer, and enough festive snacks to last you through to January 1st - think mince pies, churros and bratwurst.
But what with social distancing measures in play, and a recently imposed rule of six in England (while Scotland have gone into a stricter lockdown all together), how likely are Christmas markets to go ahead in 2020?
It goes without saying that we all understand the measures are for our safety, and slowing the spread of coronavirus and protecting lives is the height of importance. But you're still allowed to be upset about it.
So, which Christmas markets are cancelled this year?
At the start of September, Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland shared the sad news it wouldn't be going ahead this year. Their statement explained:
"In light of ongoing health concerns and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and considering the size and scale of this event, we just couldn’t find a way to do that without compromising the magical attractions, shows, rides, bars and experience that makes Hyde Park Winter Wonderland so special."
Elsewhere, Leeds' annual Millennium Square market has been called off, while the counties markets held in Whitby, Richmond, Filey, Grassington, and Northallerton are also cancelled. Birmingham council's authentic German market isn't going ahead, while markets in Aberdeen, Bath and Padstow have also all been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Edinburgh's Christmas market also won't be happening, and nor will Bristol's.
Are any Christmas markets (UK) going ahead?
As things stand, reports say there's been no word on whether festivities will go ahead in Belfast, Exeter or London’s Southbank Centre, as well as Cirencester, Glasgow, Swansea or Manchester.
So essentially, it's not looking great.
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