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Manchester Crowned Europe’s Best Christmas Market

MCR tops list beating Basel, Dusseldorf, Graz, Bath and… Portsmouth?

Written by . Published on March 11th 2014.

Manchester Crowned Europe’s Best Christmas Market

MANCHESTER’s Christmas Markets have topped the list of Europe’s best Christmas Markets, according to ChristmasMarkets.com.

The markets celebrated their fifteenth birthday in 2013, making it the UK’s longest running Christmas Markets as well as one of the largest, with over 300 stalls spread across nine locations in the city centre welcoming a record nine million people in 2013 and boosting the city’s festive economy by £90m - according to official figures. 

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Top 10 Christmas Markets according to users of ChristmasMarkets.com:

1. Manchester

2. Belfast

3. Bath

4. Baden-Baden, Germany

5. Winchester

6. Graz, Austria

7. Portsmouth

8. Basel, Switzerland

9. Dusseldorf, Germany

10. Skipton

Of around 50 European sovereign states (give or take a Ukraine), the British Isles have certainly been punching well above their weight (as ever), claiming six of the top ten spots – that or the vast majority of the site’s users are British, which is more than likely the case.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s 'festive' spokesperson, said: “This poll confirms what we have known for 15 magical years – that Manchester is home to the best Christmas Market in Europe and the deserved holders of the UK capital of Christmas crown.

“But of course, to beat off contenders from some of Europe’s most popular Christmas destinations is a huge achievement and  testament to the months of effort that go into making the markets a wonderful attraction for the whole family. I’m already counting down the days.”

Aren't we all.

See Confidential's Manchester Christmas Markets video here.

More on the city's Christmas Markets here.

Portsmouth? Seventh? In all of Europe?Portsmouth? Seventh? In all of Europe?

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

rinkydinkMarch 12th 2014.

Pat Karney is Manchester's festive spokesperson? What on earth?! Thought I was on the Evening News website for a minute

3 Responses: Reply To This...
David BlakeMarch 12th 2014.

I believe the official title given by the Council is 'City Christmas Spokesperson'

rinkydinkMarch 12th 2014.

Titter ye not...!

AnonymousMarch 13th 2014.

Festive, City Centre, Irish day, Manchester Day. Pat's spokesperson for every event.

Kim LeMarch 12th 2014.

I'm guessing you mean Dusseldorf in your sub-header??

1 Response: Reply To This...
EditorialMarch 12th 2014.

We did. Thanks. Changed.

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