Top Tips for navigating Manchester's Christmas Markets
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One doesn’t really know Christmas Markets until they visit a city that does them GOOD, and trust me when I (metaphorically) hands-wrapped-around-a-2017-mug-of-hot-chocolate (I wish) say this - Manchester does them (voted best in the UK, I’ll have you know) magically.
Spanning 8 areas of the city, the markets have all bases covered, from family friendly stalls in the Cathedral Gardens (think fairground rides and an ice skating rink), to got-your-German-Market-tastes-tickled (think Bavarian beer shack and all the bratwurst you can muster an appetite up for) in St Ann’s Square.
Planning a visit? Preparation (and an iron shoulder!) is key, so here are my top tips for navigating a day out at the markets:
1) Streamline your outfit - think lightweight winter layers and don’t forget that hood. An umbrella in a crowd of ‘let’s go over THERE’ people ain’t your friend, my friend.
2) Bring your eat-food A-game. Grab yourself a bailey’s-laced coffee, or a warm-the-hands mulled cider to start the day (as you mean to go on), some garlic mushrooms for a midday pitstop, a stuff-it-in cheese-and-then-some toastie for the road, before some afternoon sweet-treat Dutch pancake delights lead you on the path home.
P.S - Wear something stretchy.
P.P.S - Don’t forget your cash for the deposit scheme! Stalls charge £2.50 extra for mugs, and £1 for glasses - bring them back to swiftly return pennies to pocket, or keep for a Manchester momento!
3) Get your walking shoes on. Manc’s markets aren’t for the faint hearted, nor the sore heeled. Blister plasters at the ready!
4) Common sensical it may seem, but the festive season can make a mockery out of the best-laid-plans of us, so…start at the point furthest away from your take-me-home transport, and work your way back to it. We all know how heavy one’s bags can get (especially when lugging them around by arms that will have spent most of the day shovelling food into face!) and the last thing one need’s is an ‘ooof-I’ve-a-twinge-in-my-back’ come Christmas day!
Have you ever been to Manchester’s Christmas Markets?
Where are your favourite markets of the season?