Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Pastime Bliss Love....Manchester Christmas Markets

Hello everyone and welcome to a new feature we decided to add to the blog. For our Pastime Bliss loves.... series, we will we showcasing places and events we love on a monthly basis. We visit quite alot of places  and there are always new ones to try out and thought it would be nice to share places that we think are worth going to. This includes restaurants, shops and the lot. The first one on our list is a festive one - the Manchester Christmas Market which is an authentic German style market which runs from the end of November every year. Situated in front of the Manchester town hall on Albert square and nestled in the pathways of certain streets around the centre, there are little wooden huts for all the vendors from around Europe who come to sell their goods. When these were being put up a month ago, it was quite exciting and signals that Christmas is just around the corner.

The obligatory festive jumpers

There are stalls from different traders selling gifts, clothes, food and Christmas ornaments. Most of the traders come from all over Europe to give that German style market. There are also craft sellers from around the world that come to display and sell art, jewellerysculptures and unusual Christmas decorations.

Food wise, its all about the beer halls, bratwurst sausage, French cheese, hog roast, hot chocolate with baileys, mulled wine, strudel, mini pancakes and sugar waffles. From a review we saw online, one could even have a three course meal just going around the markets. 

Strudel time!

When we visited, It was extremely busy and for a weekend visit we are not surprised  We later found out that they broke records with the highest daily turnout of visitors (around 85,000). It has fast become one of the most popular markets in the country. If you want to visit and soak in the atmosphere of an authentic Christmas market without the crowds, we do recommend visiting during the week. Our first experiences of a Christmas market was in Manchester since moving here 4 years ago and it has made it very lovely. Even though we don't always buy much, it is nice wandering through the markets and it really gets us into a lovely and cosy festive spirit.



  1. Wow this looks so festive and that strudel looks amazing xx
    Love from Ella @ Belle Vintage

  2. Ahhh I'm really looking forward to this new segment. I obvs love the Christmas markets! I <3 mulled wine and the man who sells stetson hats.

  3. This is so cool! I want one near me! Unfortunately... there isn't one :( I'm loving this post and its wintry/Christmas feel, thanks for sharing :)

    The Indie Byline

  4. nice blog sweetie xx

  5. love atmosphere at Manchester Christmas Market!! X

  6. Ah this looks so fun! I want some strudel! And your christmassy jumpers are lovely :)!

    Robyn Mayday

  7. Manchester is one of my favourite cities in England! love the Christmas market

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