Manchester’s transformation in to the UK’s Christmas capital is almost upon us as traders from across the North West and Europe ready themselves for the Christmas Market’s return.
Each year millions of visitors flock to the city for the festive attraction that spreads across the city centre squares with hundreds of market stalls. Visitors are surrounded by mouth-watering food and drink, and a huge selection of gift ideas to help tick off that Christmas shopping list.
Celebrating 19 consecutive years in the city, a host of much-loved favourites will return to the Christmas Markets this year. There will also be an exciting roster of new foodie delights and craft traders.
Albert Square alone – the traditional hub of the Manchester Christmas Markets – will see an impressive injection of gastronomic re-invention. From the brand-new Amsterdam Frites stall, boasting 30 different toppings and sauces over their triple cooked fries, to Zouk – a traditional curry house with two new curries every day; veggie and vegan options included.
The sweet toothed visitor will be spoilt for choice with first time trader Zara Cakes, and the Charlotte and the Chocolate Factory desert stall.
For the social media obsessives, St Anne’s Square welcomes the Birdie photo booth – a vintage VW Campervan where visitors can get free print outs of their snaps, which will also be automatically shared to Twitter using #MCRChristmas. Last year, Manchester was the most Instagrammed Christmas Market in Europe and this is your chance to be part of the celebration.
Elsewhere a new Bubble Waffle bar will continue the sweet treats on St Ann’s Square and traditional British favourites will be on the menu with Ginger Vikings Deserts on Market Street – think Christmas puds and trifles.
New Cathedral Street welcomes a visitor favourite café in the making, as Bar No3 arrives outside Harvey Nichols.
King Street is known for its more relaxed atmosphere and fine food, and new trader Eat Grk will bring a taste of the Mediterranean to Manchester. Exchange Square will host an eclectic range of food stalls too.
There will be so much more to see and enjoy this year. Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “There’s no better way of getting into the Christmas spirit than a wander through Manchester city centre during the festive season.