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Are Christmas markets overrated?

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Tori_Scope
Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
edited August 2023 in Coffee lounge
It’s the time of year for mulled wine, and bratwursts.

Christmas markets have become a must do activity during the festive run up, but not everyone thinks they're 'all that'.

Recently, through social media sites like TikTok, we've seen market goers talk about how busy, inaccessible, and expensive some markets around the UK have become.

It's made me wonder if Christmas markets are have become overrated. 

What do you think? 

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  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 55,473 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
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    I think the German Market one is. There's a xmas fair by me next Sat in the village. Rides for kids  tombolas, xmas stalls, I presume santa. I'm hoping reindeers
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,086 Disability Gamechanger
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    When we lived in Manchester (over 11 years ago now) we went to the Christmas market every year, it was very expensive but very busy, personally I think they are over-rated.

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  • leeCal
    leeCal Community member Posts: 7,550 Disability Gamechanger
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    I’ve never been to a Christmas market, I don’t think. But I like German sausages! 😋 

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  • woodbine
    woodbine Community member Posts: 12,086 Disability Gamechanger
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    leeCal said:
    I’ve never been to a Christmas market, I don’t think. But I like German sausages! 😋 
    Far too much information @leeCal 😊

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  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
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    I think they are very expensive. I also miss a lot of the independent crafting stalls.
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  • Poppy_
    Poppy_ Community Volunteer Host Posts: 192 Pioneering
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    I like going around them during non busy times, such as midweek, but this years one, where I live, isn’t the best. I preferred the small business market they had a couple of months ago. I also don’t like how they put barriers up as they make going around in my wheelchair a nightmare. My Christmas market does still have some independent retailers, but there is less this year then previous years. 
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  • Grinchy
    Grinchy Community member Posts: 1,930 Disability Gamechanger
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    When i was mobile, i loved the hustle and bustle of the christmas market, haven't been in a few years, hoping to get on top of my mobility for next year, see what happens
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi all , we hadn't been to the Big one in Birmingham for a long time, we went this year and was very disappointed, it was nearly all German sausage and Beer, not as many ornaments/wooden crafts etc that they used to have, not that we brought much because it's always been very expensive, nice atmosphere tho.
    Hoping to go to one at Stratford upon Avon this weekend, health, weather willing, it supposed to be a Victorian one, so we'l see x
  • rubin16
    rubin16 Community member, Scope Member Posts: 762 Disability Gamechanger
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    I've never seen the hype around christmas markets to be honest, they seem like my version of a nightmare. Really busy and noisy environment which is bad for someone with sensory issues and social anxiety, and then to add to that you're paying so much more for things.
    I have Autism, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Gilberts Syndrome and Crohn's Disease and have knowledge in these areas.


  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
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    Hi @SueHeath I think we are in the same area. I was told by my friend the Birmingham Market was more of a "meet up" but she's going to try the one at Leamington Spa, which has boasted a lot more stalls :) 
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  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yeahhhh Midlander Gals @Hannah_Scope - haven't been to Leamington Spa for an age x
  • Hannah_Alumni
    Hannah_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,912 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2022
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    Yeah <3

    My parents went to the autumnal fair in Leamington and said it was really good. I think I may venture to the Christmas one myself lol.
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