Manchester Christmas Markets

manchester christmas market 2015
manchester christmas market 2015

If there’s one thing I love about winter in Europe, it’s the amazing Christmas markets! But having grown up in Vienna I have extremely high standards…

I moved to Manchester a few months ago and I was extremely excited to explore its Christmas markets and all they have to offer. As a self-proclaimed Christmas market snob I didn’t expect much but – I almost hate to admit this – they’re totally awesome.

manchester christmas market 2015

I recently got the new GoPro HERO4 Black so I’ve decided to show you around the markets in video form. The GoPro is extremely portable, inconspicuous and perfect for when you want to capture your everyday life on camera. It also comes with a waterproof case which is ideal for filming in Manchester which must be one of the rainiest cities on the planet!

Without further ado, here’s the video – full of delicious food, adorable winter decorations and general Christmas cheer…

If you’re planning on visiting Manchester Christmas Markets, have a look at the map of their ten locations – Albert Square, Brazenness Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Market Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens.

There are more than three hundred stalls with anything from Christmas tree decorations to sumptuous delicacies. So much delicious food!

Whether you’re after German wurst, Dutch pancakes, French wine or Spanish beer, I guarantee you’ll find something you like. There is also a wide variety of vegetarian food and mouth-watering sweet bites.

manchester christmas market 2015 kaesespaetzle

The Manchester Christmas Markets are free, so there’s no reason not to go! If you’d like to avoid the crowds visit on a weekday or a rainy day when most people would rather stay indoors.

How to get there

You can easily get to Manchester by bus, train or airplane from any large European city. If you’re travelling on a budget, bus tickets from London cost as little as £5.

Where to stay

I’ve recently written about my spa day in Manchester and the accommodation in it is right next to the biggest market on Albert Square!

Would you visit Manchester Christmas Markets? Where are your favourite Christmas markets in Europe? 

  • European Christmas markets are the best!

    • Aren’t they just! 😀

  • Love it! I miss Manchester, watching the video. Tiny correction, Kaesespaetzle are no Bavarian but from Baden-Wuerttemberg 🙂

    • I’m so glad you liked the video!! 🙂 Ahhh thanks for that correction. My family have a winter home on the Czech-German border and I spent so much time in Bavaria, I just kind of assumed they were from there. And the market stall said it too haha. Maybe it’s one of those cases of several places claiming ownership? Either way, they’re delicious 😀

  • missgetaway

    Oh wow that looks absolutely fantastic. Now you made me want to go there SO BAD!!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

    • Teehee I’m glad Kerstin! That means I’ve done my job 😀 But seriously, the markets are really cool – I was very pleasantly surprised!

  • It seems like so much fun! I’m Asia-focused for 2016, but posts like this inspire me to make 2017 all about Europe. Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!

    • Ahh that sounds wonderful, do you know where in Asia you’re going already? 🙂 And yeah Europe is definitely worth exploring – I’ve written about Europe extensively on this blog so stop by when you need inspiration 🙂 <3 xx

    • And happy holidays to you too Daphne! 🙂

  • I had never thought of Manchester for Christmas markets but I would love to go, I really like Manchester.

    • Manchester is pretty awesome!! 🙂 I honestly didn’t expect much of the markets and they completely blew me away 😀

  • Aww. Cute video bean! You did a great job 🙂 xx

    • Thank you PP! <3 Glad you like the vid xxx

  • Kaiya Sjoholm

    You are absolutely delightful!

  • No to snad ne! Zrovna narazím na Tvůj web a raduju se, že taky působíš v Londýně, abych se dozvěděla, že jsi se přestěhovala do Manchesteru! Timing is everything, it appears.
    Jinak, po tom všem jídle z videa jsem pokušena vyrazit na výlet do Manchesteru!

  • That video is so fun!! (that coffee looked AMAZING). Hope you’ve have a good christmas!!
    xx, Pia

    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

  • adolf_hitler

    The Fourth Reich is recruiting new Wulfsturm units and the Hitlerjugend is always looking for new members!

  • Alex Larson

    Thank you s lot for you article. That video is so pretty and everything in it looks like a fairytale. You inspired me to visit Manchester Christmas Markets. As for me, i visited last Xmas Krakow Christmas markets. By the by, i used this http://vivaster.com/ It takes place every year on the city’s huge central square, Rynek Glowny, in the middle of the Old Town historic district. If you’re looking for old-style Polish charm, you’ll find it there 😉