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Away in a market

The Christmas markets have been around for a week now, and in our humble opinion are absolutely bloody brilliant…

Published on November 23rd 2006.

Away in a market

Ah. Breathe that wintry air. Fill your lungs with the delicious smells of Christmas. And fill your belly with its delectable tastes. The Christmas market is officially the best thing in the world, and luckily it’s right on our doorsteps.

Since the markets opened last week I have been there every day and have consumed enough pork to lead me to believe that I may actually be transforming into a hog. From pork and stuffing sandwiches straight off the hog roast, to bratwursts and pork skewers, it’s a winter pork loving wonderland.

If you’re not really feeling Christmas yet then I assure you that as soon as you step foot into the magical yuletide village in Albert Square, you will do. It feels like a cheesy American film, where everyone is good humoured and full of festive cheer, despite the fact that it’s fantastically freezing and normally drizzling a bit. You honestly can’t be in a bad mood at the Christmas market.

There’s plenty of stalls to browse, selling all manner of gifts and fresh produce, including cheese, pickles, fresh lavender, enough salami to shake a sausage at and loads of jewellery, quirky gifts and plants.

And it’s very easy to while away a couple of hours over there, thanks to the German beer tents, mulled wine stands and plentiful eating opportunities. I think I may have emphasised the pork point before, but there’s plenty more on offer, including goulash, steak burgers (as approved heartily by Gordo), crepes, waffles, and lots of chocolate.

And it doesn’t stop there. There’s more to Christmas Markets than just Albert Square. The more observant among you will have also noticed the markets in St Ann’s Square and Lincoln Square. And the very clever amongst you will have noticed the utterly amazing pick n’ mix (better than Woolworths) in Lincoln Square. If you haven’t yet visited, shame on you.

So it’s a big thumbs up from us to this year’s Christmas Markets, which are a credit to Manchester Markets and to everyone who has helped create them.

The markets will be around until December 20th, so make the most of them before then. And don’t miss the talking, singing reindeer head, which should in theory be a lot more disturbing than it actually is.

Jayne Robinson
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