Emily Scott age 6 with the tree.  An antiques dealer has unearthed what he believes could be the world’s oldest full-size artificial CHRISTMAS TREE – which dates back more than 130 years. See NTI story NTITREE.  The 6ft-tall tree, which has been painted dark green, was discovered in a dusty box after being recovered from a house clearance.  An initial examination of the wood and the metal screws used to hold the structure together suggests it was probably made in the mid-1800s - making it a new world record.
Emily Scott age 6 with the tree. An antiques dealer has unearthed what he believes could be the world’s oldest full-size artificial CHRISTMAS TREE – which dates back more than 130 years. The 6ft-tall tree, which has been painted dark green, was discovered in a dusty box after being recovered from a house clearance. An initial examination of the wood and the metal screws used to hold the structure together suggests it was probably made in the mid-1800s – making it a new world record.

These stunning photos show six of Britain’s biggest Christmas markets as the festive tradition continues to grow around the country.

Most of our major cities now host the markets at this time of year, offering treats from around the world as well as homegrown mulled wine and mince pies.

The South Bank winter festival attraction in Central London.  See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
The South Bank winter festival attraction in Central London. 

From Ferris wheels to tiny trinket stalls, Bath, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, London and Manchester have been transformed into sparkling winter wonderlands.

Christmas market-goers will be dazzled by this year’s eye-catching displays as they wind their way through hundreds of stalls.

Edinburgh's Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens.   See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens. 

Each market boasts it’s own unique character, from Edinburgh’s Helter Skelter in Princes Street Gardens, to London South Bank’s riverside ice skating rink.

Edinburgh's Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens.   See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens. 

A giant glowing Santa Claus is the star attraction of Manchester’s Albert Square, overlooking a whopping 350 market stalls.

Christmas Market in Albert Square, Manchester.  See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
Christmas Market in Albert Square, Manchester. 

Almost a million festive shoppers are expected to visit that market this year.

In Bath the understated Christmas huts which lie in the shadow of the historic abbey make for an enchanting festive display.

The Christmas Market in Bath, Somerset.  See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
The Christmas Market in Bath, Somerset. 

Meanwhile, a spin on Leeds’ Christkindelmarkt carousel is a must, alongside last-minute Christmas shopping and a creamy hot chocolate.

And in Birmingham it is easy to get lost in the huge market maze which is the largest authentic German Christmas market in Britain.

The German Christmas Market in Birmingham.  See SWNS story SWXMAS.  It's the most wonderful time of the year - time to wrap up warm, drink steaming hot drinks and find unique gifts for your loved ones.  And where better to stock up on festive cheer than one of the hundreds of amazing Christmas markets located in some of the most scenic settings, in towns and cities over the festive period. From Big Wheels, to tiny trinkets these winter wonderlands have something for everybody including beer halls, ice rinks and carousels.
The German Christmas Market in Birmingham. 

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