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Christmas Markets

Manchester's Christmas jigsaw is almost complete, with the Christmas Markets opening up this week. And this year's markets will be bigger and better than ever before...

Published on November 14th 2006.

Christmas Markets

Oh good grief it’s all getting very exciting in Manchester city centre. Christmas lights switched on? Check. Big wheel up and running? Check. Ice rink on its way? Check. And now the best piece of the festive jigsaw has arrived, in the form of a whole load of fairy tale style chalets that make up the Christmas markets.

This year’s Christmas Markets will be bigger and better than ever before. Since 1999, when the first market arrived in the form of a few chalets in St Ann’s Square, it has grown in size and popularity, and this year there’ll be a wooden stall everywhere you look.

With its focal point in Albert Square, the Markets will encompass St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street and now Lincoln Square and Brazennose Street. In fact, wherever there’s a bit of open space, you’re likely to find a German setting up stall.

Albert Square will be transformed into a food and drink lover’s paradise, with chalets, stalls and Alpine Houses serving German beer, mulled wine and festive fare, including crepes, bratwurst and a traditional Hog Roast.

New for this year is a World Christmas Market located at the top of Brazennose Street running down to Deansgate. All kinds of exciting gifts and crafts from all over the world will line this busy route, with Lincoln Square transformed into a festive wine bar serving wines, beers and European Food.

The markets open to the public this Thursday, 16th November and will stick around until the 20th December, so that the traders can get home to their various European fairy tale kingdoms in time for Christmas.

Jayne Robinson

Opening times will be as follows:

European Christmas Market: Albert Square, 10am to 9pm, daily German Christmas Market: St Ann's Square, 10am to 8pm, daily Christmas Market: New Cathedral Street, 10am to 6pm, daily Christmas World Market: Brazennose Street, 10am-8pm, daily Christmas Arts and Crafts Market: Exchange Street, 10am to 8pm, Fridays to-Sundays (plus Thursdays in December)

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