The Christmas Markets

They’ve OFFICIALLY LANDED in Manchester! The German Christmas markets are back. Most people who know me will confirm that I go nuts this time of year. The lights, the songs, the festive movies, the sentimental traditions, the decorations, the family gatherings, christmas trees – I love it all.

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So despite the weather being grey today, both myself and my friend Anna embraced Christmas the best way Mancunians can – by hitting Albert’s Square, St Anne’s, Spinningfields and Market Street, where you can find all things Christmassy from 10th November – 21st December.

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Our priority was MULLED WINE. The glühwein at the christmas markets is equalled by none. At St Anne’s there are so many flavours available – cherry, raspberry, blueberry and you can even get it with a shot of amaretto! Both Anna and I tried the cherry flavour and were not disappointed, especially as we also received complimentary gingerbread biscuits to nibble on at the same time.

 

 

 

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After we’d enjoyed our toasty beverage, we continued exploring the colourful, vibrant stalls. Unless you’ve been before, it’s impossible to explain what an incredible combination of scents awaits – a mix of deliciously sweet, rich flavours merged with tantalising savoury aromas.

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Besides all the food distractions we did eventually get round to doing what we originally came for, which was…christmas shopping for our family and friends. Now I know quite a lot of the people I bought gifts for today read this blog so I won’t be revealing anything here. NO SPOILERS. The only thing I will say is that as usual, I’ve excelled in the gift department.

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The two of us had such a wonderful day and it really got us both in the true christmas spirit. I don’t think there was one person working behind a stall that we didn’t end up having a right old chin wag with! Despite the awful things we’ve been seeing on the news and reading in the headlines, town was like a haven of diversity, charity and perpetual hope for all. Christmas spirit is something so special which I really think is underestimated in society. Right now, with everything that’s happening, a little bit of christmas spirit is what we all need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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