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Christmas Market named best in UK

Manchester’s Christmas Market gets top award

Published on February 3rd 2011.

Christmas Market named best in UK

Manchester's Christmas Market has been named the Best Market Attraction 2010 by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

Councillor Pat Karney said, "We've known for years that the Manchester Christmas Market is the best in the UK, so this comes as no surprise to us.”

The award, presented by broadcaster Nick Owen during a ceremony in Birmingham, came after judges viewed entries from across the UK.

A NABMA spokesman said: "This year's winner is a truly wonderful Christmas market rivalling any on the European continent and increasing the footfall and economic activity in the city substantially each year."

Last year's market is thought to have been the busiest since the attraction first opened in 1998.

Throughout December, footfall on King Street, where a new French market was located, more than doubled.

A total of 886,659 people were counted on the street, compared with 420,428 during the same period in 2009.

This is the second award the market has received over the past year. The attraction also won the Tourism Retailer of the Year prize at last year's Manchester Tourism Awards.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester city centre spokesman, said: "We've known for years that the Manchester Christmas Market is the best in the UK, so this comes as no surprise to us, although we're grateful for receiving this award.

"The market attracts thousands of visitors to Manchester from all over the world, bringing valuable money into the city, and they have received international recognition.

"It was listed as one of the top 10 destination markets by the US Frommer's travel website, above destinations such as Barcelona, Vancouver and Dresden – whose market dates back to 1434."

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14 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2011.

'A total of 886,659 people were counted on the street, compared with 420,428 during the same period in 2009.'

All this counting is very sinister.

really????February 3rd 2011.

I am gobsmacked, maybe its because I work and breathe Manchester, but its just the same stalls every year, plants for a £1, pancakes, beer and long hotdogs... oh and coasters with Record labels on... I have to admit, I think York's christmas markets are far superior to Manchester, but thats just my rant...

Philip RogersFebruary 3rd 2011.

Here we go again, we win an award and instead of celebrating or accepting it as another bonus for the city some people have just got to knock it ! I really dont understand you people !!!

Secret SquirrelFebruary 3rd 2011.

My only complaints are the ridiculous techno music half the bars play, and the sheer number of people that seem to be in the market throughout the day, it's barely possible to walk around - I don't like them at all, agree with Really.

But.... Nearly everyone I know loves them, spends loads of time in them and buy all sorts of stuff there, so it can't be as bad as I think.

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2011.

"Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester city centre spokesman, said: "We've known for years that the Manchester Christmas Market is the best in the UK, so this comes as no surprise to us"

Oooo, get him!

John HarrisFebruary 7th 2011.

The Christmas markets are excellent, and I have not seen it done better anywhere else in the Uk.

But, there is a serious issue around pricing - food and drink is massively expensive. I don't know if the relentless price increases reflect greed on the part of the council or the vendors, but either way it needs to be addressed or we will be rueing a dead golden goose.

KarneyWatchFebruary 7th 2011.

Councillor Pat Karney: Unelected by City Centre residents since 1939

B RootFebruary 7th 2011.

Listen Karneywatch give me a colourful clever character such as Pat Karney rather than many of our mealy-mouthed mouse-like representatives.

John HarrisFebruary 7th 2011.

I'm moderately in favour of Pat Karney even though he is labour scum. I don't buy into the fact that only a councillor from a city centre ward can fill the role. Karney is energetic, imaginative and fights the city's corner - enough for me.

KarneyWatchFebruary 7th 2011.

Colourful clever characters are all very well and good, however, this is elected officials we're talking about here.
He's not been elected by residents of the city centre, therefore lacks legitimacy.

Trevor GreeneFebruary 7th 2011.

Karneywatch honestly. But he is part of the controlling city council group and just as the fisheries and the farming minister might not be a fishing farmer so can Karney be the representative of the city centre.

Christopher BryanFebruary 7th 2011.

It's not only the 'residents' of the city centre who use the city centre though is it. The city centre is for everyone. Therefore as long as he's an elected member it's a non-argument.

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2011.

Pat Karney does have the advantage of living in the City Centre which the current City Centre Councillors don't. But the City Centre is for everyone. The trick is to make it work for everyone. the events attraction actually are of benefit to the whole CC community.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2011.

Having been born in Central London and living there for 50 years and 500 yards from Oxford Circus, I don't know if you can get any more city centre than that, it puts me in a good position to understand what city centre living is all about. I moved to Spinningfields 4 years ago and love the Xmas Market. But what on earth is with the rip off prices for a bratwurst in a crappy bun that even Morrisons wouldn't sell.
I am horrified that the public just accept the prices. I heard more dissenting voices last December about the high prices than ever before over the last 4 years. At some point the paying public will just visit and spend notably less. This will be a wake up call to the stall holders.

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