Manchester Christmas Markets 2013

This weekend we had friends from Cornwall visiting so we decided to take them along to the Christmas Markets which have become something of an institution and must go place in Manchester over the run up to Christmas.

This year they celebrate 15 years of trading in Manchester and with stalls spreading all over the city centre, it’s become one of the best and most popular Christmas markets in the country and I would definitely recommend a visit if you’re in The North West. They are open every day until 22nd December.

As well as plenty of food and craft stalls there is a designated French quarter held on King Street, with a host of french gallic treats to choose from.

For the first time this year, there is a Victorian Christmas Market, which is being held in Upper Campfield Market on the corner of Deansgate and Liverpool Road, just near Dimitris restaurant for any of you familiar with Manchester. It’s open until 8.oopm every evening until 18th December but unfortunately, we only found it on our way home and it was just closing up. It was enough time to have a quick browse at what’s on offer though with a few stalls still set up and it looked as though there were plenty of vintage finds, fabrics, clothes, food, licensed bars and live music. The venue itself was lovely too, held in an old Victorian market place, with wrought iron ceiling and decorated with fairy lights and a huge Christmas tree in the centre. I’ll certainly be making my way back there one day to finish my Christmas shopping and get in the festive mood with some mulled wine. Here are just some of the delights awaiting you!

Ruffles Caravan

Fairy Poppins cakes

English Regalia

The Black Cat Cafe

Another lovely place to go before Christmas, if you’re in Manchester, is Spinningfields, which is home to a seasonal ice rink and vintage inspired Helter Skelter. There are also lots of little pop up bars and vintage citroen vans, selling gastro food and cocktails aplenty.

We ate at The Oast House, in the temporary teepee which is just outside the bar. The tepee is warmed by a log fire, with extra blankets available for wrapping around you, if needed. There are fairy lights strewn around the wooden poles and deer skins on the benches. The food is also delicious, with lots of BBQ meats from the rotisserie and if you like real ales, you can order a flight of beers, which is basically three different beers in slightly smaller than 1/2 pint glasses set on a small wooden tray. A very nice touch and much appreciated by our Cornish mates!

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  1. Sophie 5 December, 2013 / 1:01 pm

    Karen your blog is making me feel very Christmassy and excited to get back home to Manchester and visit the markets 🙂 Hope you are well, loving the craft ideas too!

  2. Karen Barlow 7 December, 2013 / 10:46 am

    Hi Sophie, I've heard you are loving Uni life, that's great! We took some friends from Cornwall around Manchester and the markets the other week and I must admit we felt very proud of our City. You see it through different eyes when you are with people who don't live here, they were really impressed and said the markets are much better than any they have in Cornwall. Hope to get some time to make some crafts myself this week, so keep reading! x

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