Manchester Christmas Markets.

With X’mas only a few weeks away, it’s that time of the year again where I need my annual fix of Gluhwein, Bratwurst and all things Christmas Market-y. And if there is one city in the UK that knows how to put on a proper Christmas Market, it’s Manchester. The prop-up stalls here span entire city blocks from Albert Square all the way up to the Arndale and Market Street… Gluhwein, Bratwursts and Arts & Crafts aplenty with locals out in full force to enjoy the seasonal festivities. We had a stonkingly good time when we went up a couple of years ago in 2008, and with train fares from London at a mere £25 return, it seemed the ideal weekend getaway to get warmed up for the festive period ahead. Here’s some of the sights and tastes from a lovely Mancunian weekend…

Fully loaded Bratwurst from the Bavarian Grill.

Goulash with Sauteed potatoes and hot mulled Gluhwein. Dee-licious.

My first (and probably last) Curry-wurst. I’m not sure sausage and curry were ever meant for each other.

Sauteed potatoes and Provencale favourites

Chestnuts and Garlic

The Olive man

Every flavour of Chocolate imaginable from Amaretti to Strawberry (to Curry!?)

Jo @ Albert Square

Oh how I’m already looking forward to the holiday season and compulsory over-indulging that is yet to come.

G.

Manchester, 53° N, 2° W | www.manchestermarkets.com | Weekend of Nov 20th 2010

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