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The Christmas spirit is alive and thriving across the UK, and there is no better way to enjoy the season than at one of the many Christmas Markets. All of them are designed to inspire and help you find those unique gifts for family and loved ones.

Based on the classic German import, Britain’s Christmas Markets are all perfect day trips. All within reach of our wide variety of well-appointed holiday cottages across southern England, these Yuletide fairs are perfect to enjoy on family outings or romantic pre-Christmas getaways. Grab a warm mince pie and cup of hot chocolate, and read through our guide to the UK’s favourite Christmas Markets for 2015.

Dorset

Poundbury

With loads of Christmas crafts and gift stalls, this Dorset market will take place on 29 November. The event will feature scrumptious food stalls and a Victorian Tea Lounge serving mince pies and cakes. Much of the market proceeds will go to support Relate, the relationship people. For more information, or contact details, please visit the event listing.

Shaftesbury

The town’s High Street will come to festive life during the Shaftesbury Christmas Street Fair on 13 December. From Angel Square to the Commons, the event is perfect for those looking for last-minute gifts. There will be plenty of live music and food to enjoy as well. If you can’t wait until mid-December, Shaftesbury offers regular Christmas events that are perfect for finding lovely gifts. There are regular Christmas events throughout the rest of November and into December, including fairs, musical performances and garden displays. For the perfect Christmas celebration a short distance from our beautiful Dorset holiday cottages, Shaftesbury Tourist Board has all the details.

Image Credit: Stephanie Chapman (flickr.com), Barry Lewis (flickr.com), New Forest National Park Authority, Des Blenkinsopp, Oxford Christmas Market, Blenheim Palace, Simon Ward, Stewart Black (flickr.com), Sarah Smith, PR4Photos, Jeremy Bolwell (geograph.org.uk)