For all you who follow my blog or know me personally, you will know I have recently moved to Manchester for university and have been living here since September. I have made some of the most amazing friends since being here and have experienced some of the coolest things. Today I wanted to share one of my favourite days with you and that was visiting the Manchester Christmas Markets. My new friends Justine, Emma and I decided to take a trip down to the Christmas markets in the Manchester city centre a few weeks ago. In fact we’ve actually been back around 4 times since, Which is kind of embarrassing as I reckon the people working on the stalls are starting to recognise us, especailly as we keep going back trying all their free samples of chocolate and wine.
Before moving to Manchester I lived in a very small village in the country where we have no such things as Christmas markets. Although my closest town does have a light switch on and a few stools but it is NOTHING like Manchester. When my friends and I rocked up for the day I could not believe my eyes at how big the markets were. There must have been over 100 stools and each stool were offering something completely different. The first thing we decided to do was start on what girls no best and shop. We scanned all the stools for the cutest Christmas gifts and presents and we found some adorable little bits. I was so shocked at how many beautiful things were for sale and how they weren’t even that pricey considering it was an event in a city. After tiring ourselves out at the first section of the markets we had a pit stop and everyone got themselves a cup of hot chocolate because it was absolutely freezing and we were definitely in need of a drink.
(Of course we had to get the cliche perfect shot with the hot chocolate for instagram)
I just loved how the market were set out, it was like walking around the city and finding all these little coves out of the way of the main streets. Each section were full of stools, Christmas activities and fun. The section in the picture above was very child oriented it, it was full of fair rides and had an ice skating ring for everyone to go on. If we weren’t such poor students I think we definitely would have had ago but the ice skating was quite pricey considering it was small so we decided to skip that part and head towards the food instead.
After this my friends deemed it necessary that we went and got a traditional german sausage hotdog for lunch. In all honesty, I didn’t even know these were a traditional thing, I must have seriously been living under a rock all of my life. I obviously knew hotdogs existed but never knew that having a german sausage at a Christmas market was a thing you do. I settled for a spicy sausage with lots of onions and tomato sauce and I was very impressed. Whether or not it was the shopping that made me super hungry or they were genuinely the best sausages i’d ever eaten i’m not too sure. I was also really surprised at how reasonably priced they were, they were only £4 which compared with pricing in Kent, this was very reasonable and I was more than happy to pay that.
Words can’t express how beautiful some of those stools were. We spent the rest of the day wandering around buying gifts, drinking and eating EVERYTHING. It was such a cool day and really got me into the Christmas spirit. If you are from Manchester or surrounding areas and haven’t been to the markets yet, I would highly recommend you getting yourself down there. I had such a great day and I would do it all again tomorrow if I could.
I hope you enjoyed reading my Blogmas Day 2 post and I hope you will come back for Day 3. I absolutely love Christmas time and writing each of these posts are making me super excited. I can already tell this month is going to fly by and before we know it 2018 will be here.