Every year I visit the Manchester Christmas Markets at least once. This year I went twice, once with my Dad as we go every year, and again with my husband on its last day.
The markets are spread out across the entire city so if you want to visit all of them you’ll certainly need a good day here. The main (and original) location is Albert Square behind the town hall. It’s a great space and they do a fabulous job every year of transforming the space into a Christmas wonderland. The town hall is also given a Christmas make over.
I would recommend never visiting on a weekend. The markets often get so busy you can’t even see anything or stop anywhere, your just funnelled through with the rest of the crowd while someone behind you rams a pram into your legs. I go after work or take a day off to visit the markets so I can actually breath and enjoy them.
There is an abundance of food and drink available, with certain areas specialising in certain cuisines. King Street is the French quarter of the Christmas markets, while Albert Square has a little of everything. Mulled wine, beer, prosecco, pork rolls, bratwurst paella. There’s something for everyone. My personal favourite is to get a pork roll and mini dutch pancakes for dessert. The English mulled wine stall is also my preference for mulled wine (it’d be rude not to!) and I normally walk around the markets very full and content.
This year was no exception and I visited all my favourite haunts. I don’t normally buy many presents from the Christmas markets, I prefer to go for the atmosphere. But I do love the mini pop up afflecks palace stalls hosted inside the town hall. This year’s purchase was a gorgeous scarf from Rowfers. I love their scarfs and they are so budget friendly at £5 but I don’t always have time to get to afflecks so this was the perfect excuse!