Five magical Christmas markets to visit this year

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Great days never leave you, so take advantage of South Western Railway’s massive winter discounts and visit some of the best Christmas markets in the south west.

With more than 200 destinations to explore, the South Western Railway network is the ideal way to reach the region’s best festive events. Also ideal are the huge train ticket discounts on offer throughout November and December, to the following magical markets…

Bournemouth Christmas Market, Dorset

15 November 2019-1 January 2020

Located in the centre of Bournemouth, a 20 minute stroll from the station, this popular Christmas market offers an array of artisan stalls and food experiences, from Yorkshire pudding wraps to award-winning bratwurst. After you’ve ticked off everything on your shopping list, kick back with a glass of mulled wine at the specially built two-storey Alpine Lodge Bar, walk the glittering Christmas tree trail, watch the free entertainment, or take the kids to Santa’s Grotto.

Your massive train ticket saving: from 18 November to 1 January, get up to 30% off a Day Return to Bournemouth. A ticket from Southampton Central is £10, from Ashurst £7.50 and from Poole £3. Book here.

Exeter Christmas Market, Devon

16 November-19 December 2019

A 20 minute walk from Exeter St David’s station, Exeter’s Christmas Market is widely seen as one of Britain’s best, in part thanks to its enviable position beside the awe-inspiring cathedral. Inspired by German festive markets, there are a host of food and craft stalls to browse and Bavarian bars to enjoy, as well as activities and carol services taking place in the ancient cathedral. It’s little wonder this event attracted 600,000 visitors last year.

Your massive train ticket saving: from 16 November to 19 December, get up to 36% off a day return to Exeter. A ticket from Yeovil Junction is £12.50, from Axminster £7.50 and from Honiton £5. Book here.

Portsmouth Christmas Market, Hampshire

16 November-24 December 2019

Situated on Commercial Road, in the heart of the city, Portsmouth’s Christmas Market boasts a giant walk-in LED bauble and wooden cabins hawking all sorts of culinary delights, from sweet churros and chocolate kisses to traditional pie and mash, alongside stalls offering a range of edible gifts and seasonal goodies. It’s also the perfect place to pick up some festive decorations, or unwind with a drink at one of the bars.

Your massive train ticket saving: from 16 November to 24 December, get up to 37% off a day return to Portsmouth. A ticket from Woking is £15, from Basingstoke £12.50 and from Eastleigh £7.50. Book here.

Salisbury Christmas Fayre, Wiltshire

30 November-24 December 2019

Salisbury’s Christmas Fayre is a 10 minute walk from the station, in the city’s handsome Guildhall Square. An atmospheric, authentic German-style market, where vendors sell premium local and regional produce and unique handcrafted presents from illuminated wooden chalets, it’s just the spot to get your shopping sorted. Afterwards, recuperate in the market’s new food and drink quarter while taking in the sounds of a carefully curated live music programme.

Your massive train ticket saving: from 16 November to 19 December, get up to 35% off a day return to Salisbury. A ticket from Pinhoe is £15, from Basingstoke £10 and from Andover £5. Book here.

Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market, Hampshire

21 November-22 December 2019

With more than 100 chalets to peruse, a British crafts village and a food court, Winchester Cathedral’s Christmas Market has gained quite a reputation – in 2018 it was voted Britain’s second best festive market by Booking.com and one of the finest in Europe by the New York Post. Surrounding an open-air ice rink in the shadow of the city’s stunning cathedral, it’s just the right place for a stress-free shopping spree.

Your massive train ticket saving: from 21 November to 22 December, get up to 36% off a day return to Winchester. A ticket from Woking is £15, from Farnborough £10 and from Southampton Central £5. Book here.

Book your tickets now at South Western Railway or discover more Christmas activities in the south west here.

And, treat yourself to a very merry day out with a bit of help from South Western Railway.