Nothing gets you into the Christmas spirit better than donning a bobble hat and wandering around a Christmas market while sipping a cup of mulled wine or hot chocolate.

Christmas markets are a great place to buy handmade decorations and gifts for your friends and family.

However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has disrupted people’s festive plans this year – and many are worried that markets will be affected.

So can Christmas markets go ahead, or will people have to wait another year to enjoy heart-shaped lebkuchen and purchase traditional nutcrackers?

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Will Christmas markets go ahead this year?

Though Christmas markets have not been banned by the Government, many local authorities have decided to close them this year in light of Covid-19.

Bath, Edinburgh, Leeds, Cheltenham, Birmingham, Winchester, Oxford, and Bristol are just some of the places which have cancelled their Christmas markets.

Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, arguably the most popular Christmas market in the UK, has also been cancelled this year.

Dr Daniel Atkinson, clinical lead for told that in theory outdoor Christmas markets could still go ahead – but could face some obstacles.

He said: ‘I would think that outdoor Christmas markets would still be feasible, provided the number of people admitted was limited and social distancing was effectively monitored, as we’re confident that the virus doesn’t transmit as easily outside.’

Dr Atkins added: ‘The people that staff Christmas markets are sometimes from abroad and national travel restrictions and quarantine rules might have implications on staffing, or the decision to bring a stall from overseas – so this might affect the number of outlets present.’

Christmas Markets are still going ahead in the following cities, correct at time of writing:

In Newcastle, local press have reported that the city’s travelling Christmas market won’t go ahead – although a smaller street market might.

To be able to open, the attractions will most likely have to follow social distancing guidelines as well as face masks to remain safe.

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