Christmas markets are on in the UK

BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Saturday, 18 January 2011 at 1204 GMT On Radio 4 and Online

Listen to the programme Programme transcript (15 pages)

It is now more than 100 years since the first official Christmas market opened at London’s Piccadilly Circus and now there are also markets in Glasgow, Dublin, Edinburgh, Bristol, Cardiff, York, Newcastle, Bristol, Oxford, London, Bath, Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Brighton, Lewes, Oxford, Ludlow, Middlesbrough, Wolverhampton, Carlisle, Oldham, Knowsley, Peterborough, Leicester, Swansea, Huddersfield, Bristol, Hull, Norwich, Walsall, London, Newcastle, South Shields, Falmouth, Saltash, Padstow, Essex, Hull, Solihull, Blaenau Gwent, Tenterden, Blackpool, Weston-super-Mare, Gwynedd, North Wales, Dorset, Powys, Strathclyde, Torbay, Skelmersdale, Devon, Glos, Medway, Liskeard, Torquay, Herefordshire, Somerset, Scarborough, Somerset, Bedfordshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Nottingham, Buckinghamshire, Dudley, West Midlands, Shropshire, Coventry, Leicester, Loughborough, Basingstoke, Walsall, South Wales, Plymouth, Castle Vale, Lichfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottinghamshire, Coventry, Hull, Tipton, Warwickshire, North Hertfordshire, Wirral

Seasonal delights including sweets, fruits, baked goods, live entertainment, traditional Christmas cheer, cars, Christmas crackers, festive decorations, toys, trinkets, fresh trees, toys, ice-skating, parades, fancy dress, gin, whisky, nativity, ale, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine, mulled wine

Most of us walk past these seasonal extravaganzas in our daily commutes but those who live close by can travel an hour-long round trip to enjoy a festive twist on a simple shopping trip.

Unlike London and Manchester the more than 15 Christmas markets that dot the country stay open during the Christmas period to welcome families shopping for family gifts and take advantage of bargains to take home.

Peter Lloyd joined presenter Paul Lewis to explain how the Christmas markets work and to find out if they are still on going at the UK’s winter tourist attractions.

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Peter Lloyd is Associate Editor, Business and Finance for BBC Radio 4.

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