Manchester Christmas Market
With more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all. Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.
And don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink! Manchester’s Christmas Markets are famous for traditional bratwurst, but visitors can also treat themselves to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.
Liverpool Christmas Market
Full of history, culture and friendly people, Liverpool is the ideal destination to discover and enjoy. A World Heritage Site with a wonderful collection of museums, galleries, shopping and dining, there really is something for everyone in this fantastic city. Head to St George Plateau to visit more than 40 rustic Christmas stalls selling food and drink from across four continents. There will also be local arts, Christmas decorations and candles on sale, that will make wonder gifts. Or take a ride Ferris Wheel offering great views above the festoon lighting and other vintage fairground rides for those who are still a kid at heart.
This may be the best-preserved walled city in England, with its galleried streets, Roman Wall, Tudor houses, and unique medieval shopping experience at the famous ‘Rows’, where the shops are quite literally ‘on top of each other’. This is a fascinating city where you can truly combine a love of history with some truly inspiring shopping opportunities!