Monday, 22 December 2014

Manchester Christmas Markets

Last weekend myself & Tom (my boyfriend) went on our annual trip to Manchester Christmas Markets. 

We've been going to these Christmas markets for the past few years now to get into the Christmas spirit and it's rather handy being so close to where we live in Blackpool and on the plus side it has just been voted one of Europes best Christmas markets.

The markets are spread around the city centre with nine sites for you to explore. By far, the largest site is located at Albert Square (pictured above). With a large array of stalls selling numerous bits & bobs upon the colourful and christmassy backdrop of the city's Town Hall. 

No matter what day of the week or what time you choose, you can guarantee the atmosphere will be a buzz with crowds of people. 

The only slight downside to the markets are the prices the stalls charge. We don't tend to buy anything from the craft, jewellery or clothes stalls however we just can't resist the delicious food that they have on offer. 

Our favourite has got to be the dish from the top right picture in the collage above. The pork belly burger, bacon and potatoes & garlic mushrooms are to die for, even if it is £6! Throughout the year I find myself dreaming of it... sad I know!

You'll find a multitude of different food from around Europe, ranging from German Bratwursts to Spanish Paella to scrumptious crepes with Nutella and much much more, you're spoilt for choice!

I loved all of the cute little nik naks from the stall pictured above, I would of bought all of it if I could.... but I managed to resist!

We stayed in Manchester for the night as we had a voucher for Travelodge and opposite the hotel was The Wheel of Manchester.

For some strange reason Tom suggested we should give it a go, I say strange because he is scared of heights and once we got to the top I found it rather hard not to laugh at his reaction!

From 173 ft up, you get to take in the views from the around the city, at night it's a great chance to see the city all lit up for Christmas.

Unfortunately for this year, the markets have come to an end. However if you get the chance next year, I would 100% recommend that you check them out if you live close by or if you're willing to travel. I think Manchester is underrated as one of England's cities but I love it!

I'd love to know where you would recommend to visit over the Christmas season.

Thanks for reading :)


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