One of the exciting things I got to do while in England, was visiting Christmas markets; TWICE!
Yes, Exciting. Being from Egypt, the biggest Christmas celebration I’ve ever witnessed was a Christmas tree in a mall…some shops putting up some decoration, and that’s about it. So yeah, I’m that kid that has never been to the Christmas market, I’m that adult that has never tried that warm spiced up wine, Glühwein, until last year.
The first Christmas markets I walked through were in Manchester. Where I lived, in Sunderland, the markets were tiny and not that atmospheric as in Manchester. I even went to one market in Newcastle, while much bigger and better than the one in Sunderland, still it wasn’t THAT good. For my second Christmas in England, I went to Manchester again, and also to London, I still didn’t get the vibe while in London as much as I did in Manchester, I blame it on the crowds.
While in Manchester, all I had to do was go to the city center, and walk
Don’t get me wrong, Christmas markets in Manchester ARE crowded, but in London I had no idea where the markets were, spending most the day in the underground and going to the main spots hoping to stumble upon one of those markets. While in Manchester, all I had to do was go to the city center, and walk. You’ll find loads, there are even signs to guide you to the next market.
That sign with the map didn’t lie, I really did feel the Christmas Experience while walking through most of these Christmas markets.
What was really interesting for me, as a first (or second) time goer, is its international feeling. You’d walk here and find a Dutch shop selling waffles and sweets, then the all famous German sausage, then the Glühwein shop, followed by a traditional English shop, beside one that is selling Christmas ornaments, and another selling Spanish chorizo. It’s lovely, beautiful, and atmospheric. I can’t find more words to describe it 🙂 I just loved the smells (I’m looking at you, beautiful soap kiosk!), the colours, and the vibe!
Here are but a few pictures that I’ll hope will give you an idea of the beautiful Christmas markets in Manchester.
So until I visit some other Christmas markets elsewhere in this world, Manchester Christmas Markets will be the best I’ve ever visited, and even if I do find cooler ones, it’ll always hold a special place in my heart as the first time to experience the Christmas vibe and Christmas markets.
Where are you shopping for Christmas this year? And have you been to Manchester’s Christmas Markets?