Christmas Gets Bigger In Manchester

‘Europe’s Best‘ is back!

Manchester’s world famous international Christmas Markets are back and this year they are bigger and better than ever with these great locations: Market Street the heart of Manchester’s shopping district and Cathedral Gardens, next to the Medieval Quarter and surrounded by three of Manchester’s cultural hotspots, the beautiful medieval cathedral, iconic National Football Museum, and the amazing Harry Potteresque Chethams Library – the oldest public library in the English-speaking world.

© David Dixon

For five magical weeks, from Thursday November 10th– Wednesday December 21st 2015, Manchester Christmas Markets, now spanning a whopping ten sites in Manchester’s city center, and each with their own special seasonal Dickensian mystique, will play host to a mind-boggling array of over 350 stalls from local and European producers, making this a shopping experience not to be missed. Showcasing an unbelievable range of Christmas gift ideas, both unique and unusual, with something for everyone, from bargain hunters, negotiators and browsers to the Man on a Mission and tweet-happy @MCRsanta followers.

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© Lou Murphy

Find more traditional Christmas staples trees, decorations and winter woollens alongside trendy Edie O’Hara kaftan ‘Skimpie’s’, beautiful and quirky Rachel Kozlowski Road Runner and Wolf Plates and cute Thunder Egg Edmond the Dog Dress Up Cushions. There is literally something for everyone.

Each year more than nine million people don their wooly hats and pop into Town to soak up the wonderfully unique Mancunian festive atmosphere at the Christmas Markets, and to indulge in a truly unbelievable global smörgåsbord of sensory delights, from sweet and savoury Dutch mini pancakes, hearty Hungarian goulash, indulgent French profiteroles, Bavarian ‘super’ brätwurst and warming obligatory glühwein to the luxurious genius of liqueur coffee, fancy delicate macaroons, delightful British cheese, and hot roast chestnuts. And, don’t forget those oh-so-sweet school days and indulge your inner child with playful retro sweets such as pear drops, Fizz Wiz Strawberry (space dust) and liquorice wheels!

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© Lou Murphy

Manchester Christmas Markets are the perfect magical place for the festive season.  To sample the mulled wine or to pick up that extra special Christmas gift.  Make this year’s Christmas shopping a Manchester memory to treasure!

By N Bowles, published on blog.parkinn.com

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