The festive period has finally arrived and we can’t wait to enjoy all our fave seasonal activities. The top of our holiday to-do list? Visiting a Christmas market! From shopping for Secret Santa gifts and unique Christmas decorations to tucking into tasty treats, Christmas markets are the perfect way to kick off your festivities.
To help you look and feel your best while you explore, scroll down for our style tips on what to wear to a Christmas market. We’re talking cosy Christmas jumpers, essential jeans and cuddly coats that’ll keep you stylish and snug while you take in the sights. We’ve even rounded up the top UK markets to debut your festive looks!
The Best Christmas Market Outfit Ideas
Christmas markets are back! Whether you’re planning a trip with friends and family or a solo shopping spree, we’re bringing easy-wear Christmas market outfit ideas to help you dress to impress.
Feel Festive With A Christmas Jumper
If like us, you’ve been waiting for the moment to show off your brand new Christmas jumper, now’s your chance! Whether you love novelty designs or can’t get enough trending prints and sparkly styles, Christmas markets and festive knits make the perfect pairing.
This year (and every year!), we’re obsessing over sequin details and glitter edits. Bringing a touch of glamour to our festive market fits, like most things in life we believe the more sparkle, the merrier!
Keep Cosy In A Coat
Cold weather and Christmas markets go hand in hand. That means what goes over your Christmas outfit is just as important as the outfit itself! Luckily, there’s no shortage of outerwear inspiration here at George, from chic longline coats to super-cool padded jackets.
Add a pop of colour with statement burgundy, khaki and burnt orange coats or bring a Winter Wonderland vibe to your look with chic cream, icy blue and silver styles.
Pick Practical Jeans
For a little extra protection from the chill, step out in a pair of fresh fit jeans. Stay classic by teaming straight fit jeans with Chelsea boots or style up your look with trending wide leg jeans and heeled boots. Nothing says Christmas quite like brand new jeans and a festive jumper!
Stay Snug With Trending Layers
Exploring Christmas markets in the cold means one thing: layers! Maximise warmth by picking trending layers in textured fabrics and durable designs. Think cosy cardigans, slouchy jumpers and chunky knits to insulate the rest of your Christmas clothing.
You can also play around with different necklines for extra style points. We love layering turtleneck tops underneath crew neck Christmas jumpers and buttoned-up cardigans. Snug and stylish is the way to go this season!
Refresh Your Colour Scheme
Traditional winter wardrobes tend to focus on dark colours, but we’re all about breaking the rules here at George – especially when a Christmas market trip is on the cards! Instead of navy and black, refresh your winter essentials with warm tones, from chocolate brown and taupe to burnt orange and mustard yellow. These retro shades are also the perfect way to tap into this season’s 70s trends – it’s a vibe!
Christmas Market Clothing For Kids
Keep kids feeling cosy and looking cool on their Christmas market adventure by starting with an insulating base layer. You can then pop T-shirts, Christmas jumpers and shower-resistant boys’ coats and girls’ coats on top for a warm and seasonal look. A pair of leather shoes or boots will ensure they’re ready to explore!
Which Are The Best UK Christmas Markets?
Full of festive fun and memory-making moments, Christmas markets fast become the go-to plan for getting us into the Christmas spirit. While some of the most famous are in Germany, the UK also has tons of exciting locations to kick-off your festive social calendar. Scroll to see our top Christmas markets (AKA the catwalk to show off your fit!).
Glasgow’s George Square Christmas Markets
Discover special stocking fillers and gifts from all over the world at Glasgow’s enchanting market, including painted Russian dolls, Italian sweets and wooden room decorations. Stocking fillers? Sorted!
Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market
Inspired by its twin town of Frankfurt, Birmingham’s Christmas market is the biggest outside of Germany and Austria. With twinkling lights and Bavarian treats to try, tuck into traditional bratwurst (pork sausages) and brezel (pretzels) – seriously yum!
Manchester’s Christmas Markets
There’s lots of festive fun to be had in the heart of Manchester, with their main market situated in Albert Square. Make sure you wear one of our photo-ready outfits – this was once the most Instagrammed market!
London’s Winter Wonderland
Although there are dozens of Christmas markets in London, Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is a must-see. With live music, fairground rides and lots of stalls, the market even has an outdoor ice rink for kids (and adults!) to enjoy.
Bath’s Christmas Markets
Voted the UK’s favourite Christmas market, Bath’s festive fair attracts thousands of visitors to its picturesque displays. There’s something for everyone, including choirs and carollers to create a merry mood.
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market
Whether you want to take in panoramic views of the city on the Big Wheel or seek out special Christmas gifts at the stalls, Edinburgh’s Christmas market is full of festive fun for kids and adults of all ages. Just remember to wrap up warm!
Searching for more festive clothing inspiration? Check out our guide on what to wear with a Christmas jumper.