I love Christmas, and nothing get's me more in the festive spirit than a Christmas market. Luckily I happen to live near Manchester which has a huge annual European market. Starting in 1999, I've literally grown up with the market, and it wouldn't feel Christmas without a walk round all the stalls.
Over 300 stills spread across nine sites, with traders from Transylvania to Spain, Lapland to UK are all housed in hand-crafted wooden chalets. Selling everything from sweets, beauty products, crafts, produce such as olives and food to go, it's the perfect day out. The 9 sites are close together but still scattered around the high street, helping to make Christmas shopping that little bit more special. The combination of the fairy lights, the Christmas music and of course the scents of the food and drink create this magical atmosphere which could never be re-created. It's like your in one of those Christmas villages in a snow globe. Oh, and the best bit? It's free.
If you're looking for the perfect festive day out or still need a few Christmas presents I can't recommend it enough. The Market is here until 21st December. The European Christmas Market in Albert Square is open 10 am to 9 pm daily whilst Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, King Street, St. Ann's Square and Brazennose Street are all open 10 am to 8 pm daily.
What's your favorite thing about Christmas markets?