Accessible Christmas Markets

Accessible Christmas Markets
December 03, 2019

Christmas is just around the corner and the markets are open. It’s important for those with mobility issues that they’re able to find a market that’s both accessible and safe for them to attend.

Christmas markets allow you to immerse yourself in the festivities. The stalls and markets often sell a wide range of Christmas goods from food to drink to handmade crafted decorative pieces. 

We’re very fortunate because the UK is home to some of the most accessible Christmas markets in the world. If you’re walking round with a walking stick or zimmer frame it can be difficult in busy places, so it helps to know more in advance so you can work out whether or not you can attend. We’re going to run you through some of the best there is, to make your Christmas as enjoyable as possible, making sure you don’t miss out on the fun! 

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, London

Opening Times: 21st November 2019 - 5th January 2020 from 10am - 10pm (closed Christmas Day)

Entry Fee: Free

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is one of the most infamous Christmas events in the UK. Not only is it huge, it’s also incredibly diverse. They have everything from an Ice Bar to a Fun Fair and a 200 + stall German Market. 

In terms of accessibility, they couldn’t be better. They have everything you need in their accessibility guide. This gives you a breakdown of each attraction and even travel options. If you have any specific accessibility requirements they can be arranged beforehand at places like the Ice Bar, Circus and Comedy Club. There’s also the following:

  • Disabled parking and free parking for disabled badge holders

  • Wheelchair ramps and accessible walkways 

  • Accessible toilets

  • Personal Assistance Scheme

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Opening Times: 8th November 2019 - 5th January 2020 from 10am - 9pm (closed Christmas Day)

Entry Fee: Free

Heading back up North, Manchester Christmas market on Albert Square gives you access to over 300 market stalls. This is one of the many Christmas markets across the city but is the main one with the biggest attraction. The main attraction is the Ice Village. You can find the Ice Village in Cathedral Gardens, home to some incredible ice sculptures and winter activities. For 2019, the Ice Village will feature sculptures including an incredible dragon. Even better, it’s free!  

More importantly, it’s also accessible for the disabled. The Ice Village, in particular, is advertised as wheelchair friendly on their website, ensuring you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Disabled parking is also available at Victoria Car Park, MS3 1NX (around 1 minute away from the venue) or Total Car Parks, M4 4DY (around 4 minutes away from the venue). 

Edinburgh Christmas Market

Opening Times: 17th November 2019 - 5th January 2020 from 10am - 10pm (closed Christmas Day)

Entry Fee: Free

Edinburgh’s Christmas Market returns to Princes St Garden for another year of festive fun. You can find a huge selection of Christmas gifts, handmade especially for the markets. There’s a huge selection of food and drink, whatever it is you’re looking for you’re sure to find it. 

The great thing is, the markets are also accessible for the disabled. There’s plenty of disabled parking with entry through public pathways. A lot of the local bars and cafes have wheelchair ramps and other alterations to accommodate everyone. 

Here’s further access information:

  • Accessible entrances on both Princes Street and Waverley Bridge.

  • Accessible toilets provided by Edinburgh City Council on the Mound precinct. Please note, you’ll need to contact a member of staff for the key as the toilets are locked. 

  • There are suitable and accessible pods on the Big Wheel, just ask a member of staff. 

  • There are loads of car parks in the surrounding area that are disabled accessible. 

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Belfast Christmas Market

Opening Times: 16th November 2019 - 22nd December 2019, varying opening times depending on the day. 

Monday - Wednesday 10am - 8pm, Thursday - Saturday 10am - 10pm and Sunday 1pm - 6pm. 

Entry Fee: Free

One of Northern Ireland’s premier Christmas markets, the Belfast edition features over 100 stalls stocking a wide range of local foods and handmade Christmas gifts. As well as the markets, you can also enjoy a wide range of restaurants and shops nearby. You can also find similar markets in places like Newcastle, Glasgow and Liverpool. 

Belfast Christmas Market has recommended that visitors with limited mobility should attend the markets during quieter periods which is generally around 10am - 12pm Monday - Wednesday. They also provide the following information:

  • Disabled toilets are available on site

  • Any uneven ground and kerbs have been made as accessible as possible

Leeds Christmas Market

Opening Times: 8th November 2019 - 21st December 2019, Monday - Saturday 10:30am - 9:30pm and Sunday 10:30am - 7:30pm. 

Entry Fee: Free

The Christmas Market in Leeds is Yorkshire’s finest. Based in Millennium Square, it’s home to a wide range of German-themed stalls with a wide range of food, drink and gifts available. There’s a number of German-themed beer halls, including the Alp Chalet restaurant and Ski Hutte bar. 

The Leeds Christmas Market has loads of accessibility information for you to look at. This includes some of the following:

  • Blue badge parking in multiple locations near the venue

  • Disabled toilets are available

  • Accessible paths around the market (recommended to avoid busy periods)

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Bath Christmas Market

Opening Times: 28th November 2019 - 15th December 2019, Monday - Wednesday 10:00am - 7:00pm, Thursday - Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm and Sunday 10am - 6pm. 

Entry Fee: Free

Bath Christmas Market is returning once again to Bath city centre. It’s only a short trip from the train station and plays host to a number of chalets selling a multitude of gifts, food and drink. You can even try your hand at creating your own Christmas crafts by making your own wreath or blowing your own glass bauble! 

They have a page full of accessibility information if you’re wanting to find out how you can get around the market. Here’s a brief summary of the information included:

  • The main areas of the site can be accessed by wheelchair with drop curbs a permanent feature of the city centre

  • Extra tarmac ramps have been fitted around the market for additional accessibility

  • Mobility assistants are available to assist you around the site

  • They’ve recommended weekday mornings as the quietest time to visit

These are some of the best markets you can visit this Christmas due to their accessibility features. A lot of the time when visiting markets, it’s important to time it right. Peak times are not the best time to go if you can try and aim to visit midweek early on in the morning when the markets are likely to be quiet. 

If you have any further questions about the Christmas markets or our products, drop us a message in our live chat, we’re more than happy to help! 

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