Six more sleeps!!!! I hope you're all as excited as I am!
Nothing gets me more excited for Christmas than Christmas markets. This year, Hopetoun House was home to the second Christmas market I visited.
Hopetoun House is a stunning stately home not too far away from where I live. Each year, Hopetoun House invites local businesses and craftsmen to set up stalls in the 18th century manor to create the Christmas market. Unlike a street market, you have to buy a ticket to enter but a proportion of the proceeds do go to charity.
The house was decorated with huge fir trees, fairy lights and more tinsel than you could ever imagine! There was a band playing Christmas carols as you weaved your way through the stalls and even a choir at the main entrance to welcome you in and ensure you were well into the Christmas spirit!
The market is always packed creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere although very different to that which makes street markets so special. Hopetoun House market is more based around gifts as opposed to food so there is not really an opportunity to nibble whilst you browse - although we did try a fair bit of shortbread!
The market is spread across six different sections of the house so there was certainly plenty to look at. Stalls ranged from those specialising in scarves and decorations to candles and soaps to handmade soft toys. There was even an Indian cooking kit stall! It would be easy to sort all your Christmas shopping here although, given it's location, this market is relatively expensive so it tends to be 'little extras' that we pick up here!
On this occasion after buying various bath melts and soaps for my grandma, a mulled cider making kit for my mum and some festive decorations for the house I treated myself to a Sloe Gin candle. This candle not only smells incredible but the melted wax acts as a hand cream so it's particularly functional too! We also treated ourselves to some chocolate orange shortbread to munch on in the car home - it was very good!
I'm very excited to be heading to London this weekend and I can't wait to see all the incredible Christmas markets there.
Have you ever been to this type of Christmas market?
Have a lovely weekend.
Lots of love,