The Manchester Christmas Markets will be on again in Manchester, starting on 15th November 2013.
Every year the Manchester Christmas Market attracts thousands of visitors. The Markets have a very special Christmas atmosphere all of their own, especially after dark. This year there are a total of 8 markets running from Friday 15 November until Sunday 22 December 2013.
This is the 15th anniversary of the first Christmas Market in Manchester and it is hoped that they will be bigger and better than ever before. The Manchester Christmas Market started life as a modest traditional German Market in St Ann's Square in 1998. Since then things have developed considerably and in 2013 there will be 8 Christmas Markets spread across Manchester's city centre.
Here is a brief summary of where the 8 Christmas markets will be located and what is on sale at each:-
Albert Square, European Christmas Market - here you will find clothes and fashion stalls sitting alongside beer halls, gluhwein houses and Christmas punch stalls
Brazennose Street, World Market - this is where the World Market will be located, selling fairly-traided goods such as bags, scarves, wood carvings and shoes from locations such as Mexico and Nepal
Exchange Square Christmas Market - consisting of a varied mix of stalls selling goods ranging from food to gifts. There will also be a 16 metre tall traditional windmill house
Exchange Street Arts and Crafts market - with a variety of stalls selling a wide range of artwork, sweets and cakes
King Street French Christmas Market - offering a selection of French produce, high fashion stylish accessories and beauty products.
New Cathedral Street Christmas Market - offering handcrafted, ethnic styles and one-off gift items
St Ann's Square German Christmas Market - this was the site of the original Manchester Xmas market in 1998.
The Corn Exchange Christmas Market - A Christmas market located directly outside The Corn Exchange
With all of the Markets located close to one another in Manchester City Centre, visiting them could not be easier. There are a wide selection of car parks nearby. The nearest railway station is Victoria Station although Manchester Piccadilly is not far away and there are Metrolink stops in nearby Shudehill and St.Peters Square.
You can find out more about the Manchester Christmas Market from Manchester City Council's website
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