Take time out to visit this years Christmas Markets in Manchester‘s city centre. Take a stroll along the stalls selling a wide selection of gifts, decorations and foods from around the world. The streets are lit up with festive lights and decorations which transform the city into a Christmas wonderland. Taste the selection of foods on offer from German Bratwurst, Hungarian Goulash, Gingerbread , Stollen, German Beer, Swiss cheese delicacies, Spanish sausage and olives, Dutch waffles and much, much more. Sample a mug of warming Glühwein to keep out the cold as you listen to the Christmas carols and music. This market has become a firm favourite over the last few years to get you into the festive spirit.
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Directly outside the main entrance to The Corn Exchange you’ll find over 30 stalls of original gift ideas from elegant scarves and pashminas to oriental bags, and a range of Latin American ponchos, slippers and rugs made from alpaca wool. There are also ceramic picture tiles, mango wood mirrors and beeswax products like candles and soap.
Exchange Square’s stalls this year feature some incredible edibles: amazing macaroons, flavoured pork pies, and delicious chutneys, while the stall selling Dutch cheeses can also fit you out with a pair of traditional clogs. New for this year is the Scottish Corner House Deli, with their olive oils, balsamic vinegars and specialist liqueurs, and – to finish off your dining experience, the beautiful Moroccan lanterns and tea glasses will bring some Moorish charm to your table. Exchange Square also hosts an Olde English style culinary blow-out, with a hog roast, mulled wine bar and Christmas cocktail bar, as well as a range of local beers. Children and grown-ups alike will love the chocolate fountain and chocolate dipped fruits, cupcakes and panettoni, and for those who don’t have such a sweet-tooth the Saddleworth Cheese Company have a range of traditional hand-made produce to tempt you.
New Cathedral Street – one of Manchester’s newest thoroughfares – is a great place to get your handcrafted, ethnic styles and one-off gift items, giving you plenty of choice when it comes to filling those Christmas stockings! Leather-bound books and boxes, silver jewellery, African crafts, money boxes, artisan glass-blown ornaments, framed photography and German chocolates are all piled high, and there are also natural beauty products on offer for those who want to pamper themselves. New for this year at New Cathedral Street are the Cheshire Cheese Company, The Flat Basket’s range of folding, wooden baskets and an amazing selection of framed wildlife photographs from Catriona McBride. There’s also a handy Gluhwein house which serves hot German food.
A little further from the bustle is the German Market of St Ann’s Square. This was the site of the original Christmas market in Manchester 14 years ago in 1998, when a group of traders from Frankfurt were invited to host a small traditional German market here. The 17 stall-holders couldn’t have dreamt how the Manchester Christmas Markets would develop.
Stalls in St Ann’s Square will include a variety of hot foods and the chance to drink mulled wine the German way, in a specialist Gluhwein chalet, as well as a variety of gift stores.
St Ann’s Square has also been the home of Manchester’s beautiful, carved Nativity for many years.
The King Street section of our market offers some of the finest French produce to adorn your home at Christmas, including stylish accessories, soap from Marseilles, lavender products and traditional baskets, and – as well as the most gorgeous jewellery – there are also jewellery making kits on offer.
Edible treats include cheese, pâté, French wine and delicious Brittany biscuits. And, whilst savouring the festive atmosphere, there’s also a chance to sample delicious hot chocolate, warming vin chaud, (a French take on Gluhwein), liqueurs, cocktails, cassoulet and other traditional French delicacies. There’s certainly nothing quite like watching a tasty crêpe being expertly created before your eyes: definitely a stall at which you’ll find your mouth watering!
Brazennose Street is the location for our World Market and the Lincoln Square Beer House. Stalls run the length of the street between Albert Square and Deansgate, selling goods from as far afield as Nepal and Mexico such as beaded handbags, jewellery and handmade leather books, knitted and felt goods, homeware, soaps, fairly traded and ethnic goods. For something a little different there’s the chance to gain a fascinating insight into your family name and history at The Heritage Site, or a range of wooden goods, arts and crafts from the Start In Salford Project and – of course – every child’s favourite display of charming ducks, herons and hedgehogs at the Wooden Ducks stall.A delicious range of consumables to take home includes nougat, olives and sausages, fudge and sweets, Dutch biscuits or toffee waffles, and the Snowdonia Cheese company’s tasty truckles make a great addition to any Christmas table.Those looking for a quieter spot to indulge their taste buds should head for the Lincoln Square beer house, halfway down Brazennose Street. Several food chalets offer a range of sausages, lamb and rice dishes, and pancakes. Enjoy the larger, covered seating area where you can rest your feet and recharge your batteries.
The undisputed jewel in the Christmas market crown, Albert Square’s bustling atmosphere, festive cheer, top-notch produce and gifts attract thousands of people from across the region. The square is full, with a huge array of food and drink stalls: the famous German swing-grill hands out hundreds of bratwurst sausages to ravenous shoppers every day but market-goers can also broaden their gastronomic horizons with German pizza, hog-roast, Goulash, cheesy potatoes and more – the list is incredible. New for this year is a North West traditional food house – look out for their Lancashire Hotpot – and also our first Italian eaterie too. For the sweet-lovers, pancakes, hot strudel and waffles are available alongside a mouth-watering selection of macaroons, Gingerbread and homemade chocolates. Admittedly bad for the waistline, they are extremely hard to resist, especially when teamed with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Add to the mix a selection of beer halls, Glühwein houses and Christmas punch stalls and you’ve got an ideal winter warmer. Albert Square is also the perfect destination for Christmas gift ideas. Dirk, the world famous Dutch Flower Man, will be around to sell trees and flowers galore, and Dinky Art Bonsai specialise in oriental mini-trees. Accessories include scarves and leather bags, while unusual, hand-crafted gifts from across Europe include puppets, a range of original wooden, steel, and pop record clocks, bird houses, and sheepskin rugs. New to Albert Square for 2012 is Michael Price the fishmonger – check out his fabulous gift-hampers! Jewellery, unique fashion items, and handmade accessories are also on offer, as well as kitchen goods, such as garlic graters and bottle stoppers.
Information courtesy of Manchester City Council.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about food and drink as we like to treat our family and friends when they come to visit, but have you ever thought about what foods are traditional in other countries of the world? Why not take a look at the page below and see what other nationalities are cooking up this Christmas. Christmas is also a time for trying out traditional and new ways of cooking meals, cakes, snacks…….. the list goes on, here we have a selection of Christmas recipes from around the world for you to take a look at, and maybe try out … and if you have a special recipe that you would like to share with the world, then you can send it in to us for others to try out to World-wide Christmas Recipes. Who are the most important people at Christmas? yes, of course, its the CHILDREN and we have not left them out, there is a page packed full of Christmas activities to keep them busy ( and Mums everywhere heave a sigh of relief ! ) … take a look at this page and download the information Children’s Christmas page Read about the Christmas Customs and Traditions of the nations of the world and how they differ, or are maybe the same as, ours. … What is the feast of the “Epiphany” or that of “St Lucia“ which countries are these important too? See here the origins of the most beautiful of all the Christmas Carols “Silent Night“, where it came from, who wrote it and listen to the song itself ( look to see which very famous person is singing it!) Have a look at the main Christmas page and see who Father Christmas is, where did he come from, where is he now, and who is St Nicolaus? Send him a letter from the children, browse through some Christmas Market Tours or listen to a new Christmas song on the page there is so much to see and read, so why not do it !! For those of you who want to travel a little further than the local shops this year have a look at Father Christmas in Lapland or maybe (the ultimate treat for Mums – Dads take note ! ) Shopping in New York we have it all right here for you. As Christmas approaches we also think of snow and with that thought comes skiing, skating, sledging and all manner of “Fun in the Snow” things to do which will last for weeks after Christmas time has been and gone. Around Europe there are many places to visit where you can enjoy the winter activities, whether it is before, during or after Christmas. Below you will find a sample of activities and places to look at which you may find will interest or even surprise you. Please take time to have a look.
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