The most popular Christmas markets in Europe – and number one is in the UK

It turns out that the most popular market in Europe is actually in the UK – according to the number of posts on Instagram.

On The Go tours looked at the amount of hashtags on the social network to find the most popular markets in Europe – and it turns out to be Manchester, with 31,509 different posts.

Spread right across the city centre, some 300 traders offer food, drink and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts.

The UK dominates the top three, with Edinburgh in second place, getting 18,888 posts on Instagram.

It's not just a place for food and presents, but also a market that has shows and performances from the likes of the Kinky Boots cast and live screenings of Love Actually.

Then Bath’s Christmas market is in third place, with 16,985 posts.

In fourth place is the Striezelmarkt in Dresden, which is one of Germany’s oldest markets, founded in 1434.

It has the world’s largest Christmas tree arch, as well as the 14-metre high Erzgebirge Christmas pyramid.

Helsinki’s Tuomaan Markkinat comes in fifth place, while Brussels’ Plaisirs d’hiver comes in sixth place.

The UK comes in strong again in seventh place, which is taken by Birmingham’s offering.

It’s the largest outdoor market in the world, and is called Frankfurt Market.

Based on the traditional German markets, it pulls in 5.5million visitors each year.

Situated in Victoria Square alongside New Street, there are around 120 stalls, as well as the Christmas Craft Market and a big wheel.

You’ll find all the traditional German food you can think of on offer, including schnitzel, pretzels, bratwursts and roasted almonds.

Next up is Lincoln, with 7,407 posts, followed by Strasbroug in France, with 6,379.

Tenth spot is awarded to Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park.

The park is free to enter, but you’ll need to buy tickets for some of its rides.

Winter Wonderland is held in London's Hyde Park and has a Bavarian Village and shows to see such as Peter Pan On Ice and The Magical Ice Kingdom.

Sun Online Travel previously revealed the cheapest Christmas market breaks across Europe.

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