Add some gluhwein and German sparkle to your Christmas shopping

Medieval Chester, for example, stages its annual Christmas Market from November 21 – December 21 in the Town Square, where a central champagne bar will join the 40 traditional cabins selling a range of gifts and goodies.
Meanwhile Chester Zoo is staging Lantern Magic, the racecourse will have an ice rink, Victorian fairground and Santa’s grotto, and there will be the traditional Roman Saturnalia parades in the old city centre which will be decorated with sparkling lights.
The Green Bough Hotel in Chester has a half-board deal until December 22 which saves 40% on normal prices.
Georgian Bath’s Christmas Market has grown enormously and will this year feature 150
chalets selling handmade and unusual gifts and food (November 28 – December 15).There will also be carol singers, musicians and children’s entertainment – and an ice-rink.
Located in the historic heart of the city by the Abbey and Roman Baths, the Abbey Hotel is an 18th-century townhouse hotel just a few paces away from the action.
You couldn’t wish for grander surroundings while you shop than Chatsworth House, the family home of the Duke of Devonshire in the Derbyshire Peak District. This year the lower
floors of this opulent mansion will be themed on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with Christmas trees, snow and sleighs (November 9 – December 23), while Christmas markets will be staged in the grounds (November 14 – 24).
The stables complex features five different shops with gifts for the home and garden and jewellery and food. In addition to the obligatory gluhwein and mulled cider a Bavarian beer tent will be serving German beers.
Handy for Chatsworth is East Lodge, a country house hotel on the outskirts of Bakwell which offers a special Chatsworth break.
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