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London, England (various dates from November to January)

Visitors to London can choose from a whole host of markets dotted around the capital, such as the traditional Nordic-inspired Southbank Centre Winter Market, the pop-up town of Winterville in Clapham Common and a new Alice in Wonderland-themed lantern festival in Southwark Park. The main attraction, though, is Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, with its giant observation wheel, ice rink, bars and circus shows running alongside traditional market stalls. See visitlondon.com. [Photo: Flickr/Mark Colliton]

2018's best Christmas markets, in the UK and abroad

Ellie Ross

Christmas comes around quickly every year – and with the stonking summer we’ve just had, this year it seems to have arrived even faster than ever.

And there’s nothing like a Christmas market to get you in the festive spirit.

Here are our favourite places in the UK and abroad to wander past rows of little huts selling traditional wooden toys, skate on the ice rink, sip mulled wine – and much more…

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