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There's still time to pop down to the Christmas Markets
The Manchester Christmas Markets are now a well known Christmas tradition in the city. Taking place every year the number of stalls and locations increases each winter with more and more stalls to discover it can be hard to know what to focus on. This article looks at 5 amazing stalls that you should check out before the end of this years event.
Get down the the Christmas markets and see whats new for 2017
This is a welcome, new addition to the stalls list this year. Of course you can get the usual European Christmas food but if you fancy something different this is the one to check out. Selling cookie dough and ice cream along with the popular rose gold prosecco and a range of hot drinks you won't want to miss this new stall.
2) Tikka Kebab Kitchen
This food stall is at the Manchester Markets for their second year as they proved to be popular. Warm food is just what you need on a cold night so this outlet is perfect as they are serving up a range of curries. Good news for vegans as they are also serving a vegan curry. Eating warm food on cold nights is an ideal way to spend the evening.
3) Alexander Interiors
It's not all about food there are amazing places for those last minute Christmas gifts. Candles are Christmas classics and the perfect stocking fillers. You can find lovely candles in beautiful presentation boxes from Alexander Interiors, save yourself the time and effort of wandering around the shops and find your gifts on the markets.
If you still need to find a Christmas tree this is the stall for you. With a range of flowers, plants and of course Christmas trees you can get what you need to decorate your house along with some gifts. Plants make lovely presents as they are something you can keep.
The Christmas markets, along with being an excellent to visit for food and drink, are the place to go for unique gifts that you can't find on the high street. Tumaini sells Fairtrade jewellery meaning you can buy a gift which supports others and is ethically made. This is one of many stalls where you are able to purchase fairtrade, eco-friendly and ethical goods.
The markets are located all over the city centre in the following locations:
St Ann's Square
New Cathedral Street
Markets open at 10am each day with some locations open late (until around 7.30pm with bars open until 9pm)
If you want to visit at a quieter time to get a look at all the stalls and avoid the crowds try to visit in the week and early times are the quietest.
With so many amazing stalls to choose from you should get down to the Christmas Markets before they close for the year. Who knows if these traders will be back next year or not. This might be your only time to visit and find some impressive finds so make sure to pay a visit.
With so many stalls to see you'll be spoilt for choice don't miss out.