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Manchester’s Christmas Markets are back

A decade on, the old seasonal magic is back with the return of stall after stall of inspiration and fun. And booze.

Published on November 18th 2008.

Manchester’s Christmas Markets are back

They’re a splash of colour, they get us in the mood and they’re open again.

Manchester celebrates ten years of the Christmas Markets from Tuesday 18 November with six different sites across the city centre, and over 200 stalls.

Last year the European Market in Albert Square saw an average of 43,000 daily visitors over five weeks.

Together the Christmas Markets were estimated to have the cumulative effect of pumping £42.6 million into Manchester from sales in shops, bars, restaurants and hotels.

So what have we got this year?

Albert Square welcomes 30 new craft and gift stalls. The market will be more spacious with a larger variety of products on offer to enhance the Christmas shopping experience. Newcomers include Mrs Kirkham’s Lancashire Cheeses, a Farmer’s Market regular, and Seabridge brushed stainless steel jewellery.

Marketing Manchester, return to promote their famous Manchestermemorabilia. The Good Bag Company are selling jute bags - the green alternative to the Christmas stocking - and there’s also genuine ‘Matryoshka’ Russian wooden dolls, jewellery, knitwear, ceramics and textiles.

You’ll also find old favourites including the Talking Christmas Reindeer and the German Beer Tent. The chalets will be, as usual, offering sizzling bratwurst, speciality beers and wines, continental cheeses, British Hog Roast, cakes, biscuits, fresh crêpes and hot, spiced Glühwein,with many stalls offering entertainment. Dirk the Dutch Plant Man is here again with the best Christmas trees in town.

Over the road is the Brazennose Street market. This is for those who want to beat the crowds in Albert Square. There’s a brand new food and drink garden, complete with beer house in Lincoln Square.

St Ann's Square sees the return of the original German Christmas Market from Frankfurt. It was this market, ten years ago, that gave Manchester its first taste of Glühwein. As ever, bratwurst stalls abound, interspaced with others offering authentic wooden toys and handcrafted gifts including decorative pottery, glassware, jewellery, crafts and unique accessories.

Down the road in New Cathedral Street and in Exchange Square the fun continues with the Hog Roast and bar selling Hydes Ales, hot mulled wine and English bubbly.

Manchester’s Christmas Markets run from 18 November – 21 December 2008 and are open:

Manchester European Christmas Market, Albert Square
10am to 9pm daily

World Christmas Market, Brazennose Street
10am to 7pm daily (Beer House until 9pm)

Manchester German Christmas Market,St Ann's Square
10am to 8pm daily

Manchester Christmas Arts and Crafts Market, Exchange Street
10am to 7.30pm (8pm December).

ManchesterChristmas Market, New Cathedral Street
10am to 7.30pm (8pm December)

ManchesterChristmas Market, Exchange Square
10am to 9pm daily (Hog Roast and Bar until 9pm)

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