On Sunday I visited the Manchester Christmas market with my family. The market is one of the countries largest and was voted by The Telegraph as one of the best 6 in the country. It has grown over the years from it’s original site in Albert Square and now stretches over the city, through King Street, St Annes Square and Exchange Square, in front of Selfridges & Harvey Nichols.
As well as the food and drink treats such as the hot mulled gluhwein, German sausages and hot Belgian waffles, there are plenty of original craft stalls selling beautiful hand made items.
The atmosphere is always good and I would recommend visiting withing the next couple of weeks as once December arrives, it gets very busy. Sunday was perfect and the weather was lovely and sunny, which was a bonus.
Some of the treats on offer, Italian nougat, nut brittle and a selection of European cheeses.
Manchester institute, Afflecks Palace have a pop up store located in The Town Hall
Manchester is a fantastic place to visit for Christmas shopping with large department stores and lots of individual shops around The Northern Quarter area. The Manchester Craft market are holding their Christmas fair next Saturday 24/11/12, which is always a brilliant event, with activities for all the family, carol singers, lovely food and craft demonstrations, as well as beautiful individual gifts to buy.
On Saturday 1/12/12 Manchester Craft Mafia are holding a craft fair at The Whitworth Art Gallery. The crafts available will be diverse, contemporary & creative and the gallery is always a great place to look around.
After all your shopping, why not pop along to Spinningfields
in the city centre, which will be transformed into a festive village
for the season, complete with an ice rink and outdoor screen
showing festive films. On December 8th & 15th, Santa will be making a special appearance and
reading stories to the children, now it doesn’t get more Christmasy than
If you still haven’t finished your shopping, Altrincham market are holding their monthly vintage and producers market on Sunday 2/12/12. I hardly ever leave this event empty handed.There is a good selection of crafts and vintage on offer with home made food available from many of the stall holders.
The following week on Saturday 9/12/12 is the Stockport Vintage Village event, a regular event for vintage sellers which is one of the best in the area. This is held under Stockport’s covered market place.