Don your christmas jumper and wooly hat and spend an evening amongst the chalet-lined streets of Manchester. No Mancunian december is complete without the UK’s largest Christmas market and this year its bigger and better, with several new locations bringing plenty of festive cheer to be soaked up!
The market boasts over 300 stalls, selling produce from all over Europe; from cheese and meats for winter evening nibbles, to biscuits and bakes that won’t last until Christmas, and not to mention the exhaustive array of gift idea and Christmas decorations.
Be sure to bring an appetite – not only is there a multitude of international foods to be eaten, there are plenty of tasters too!
A steaming mug of mulled wine with keep you calm amongst the frantic crowds…
… or if all else fails, retreat to one of the chalet seating areas and bag yourself a spot for the evening.
Cheese, wonderful cheese; French, Dutch and English.
Don’t miss this bad boy over at team France – moussey, creamy, lights and utterly delectable.
The Italian’s offer up nougat of every flavour; classic, fruits, nutty and even Nutella!
I have no qualms with the statement that these are the world’s best macaroons. If you’re lucky, they’ll still be warm from the oven.
These may well be Britain’s best chocolate brownies; chewy and rich.
I was completely won over by the mini Dutch pancakes. The extra charge for cherries is well worth it, but if you prefer to keep things simple, Nutella, caramel or a just generous dusting on icing sugar are on hand.
There’s never a quiet moment at the classic French crêpe stand (all the more reason to opt for the Dutch miniatures in my opinion, not to say these aren’t great too!)
This Christmas sourdough loaf form Martin’s bakery is great toasted with butter for breakfast.
For the savoury muncher, sample the many varieties of olives…
… or dried sausages, from duck, to pork, to venison; from garlic infused to herb-crusted.
And of course, no German market would be complete without a giant Bratwurst!
Traditional English pork pies pair well with a mug of hot Toddy or a pint of quality cider.
Bubbling pasta sauces are fragrant with Italian charm, as our the chatty chefs as they confidently toss pasta with a sprinkling of fresh herbs.
And the famous garlic new potatoes from the very French King Street stalls.
Onto the non-edibles. Get down to the market soon so you’ll still have time to make use of sparkling and colourful Christmas decorations.
Grab yourself some old-school wooden table games for post-Christmas lunch fun.
And if you haven’t invested in a Christmas jumper yet, now is the time.
On your way out, leave a little christmas wish on the tree and share the festive love.
Merry Christmas everyone! x