Getting into the Christmas Spirit!

Sincd moving to the UK, Christmas markets have become one of my favourite parts of Christmas. They are festive, full of delicious food, interesting crafts and best of all mulled wine. We kicked off our weekend of Christmas fun with a trip to the Manchester Christmas markets on Friday. You can Christmas market crawl through a large chunk of the city, barely leaving the markets as you follow the trail of wooden huts and mulled wine as you wander through blocks and squares that are fully decked out. We shamelessly wore our Christmas jumpers for the first time this season.


The Manchester markets are meant to be some of the best in the country, and didn’t let us down. There’s an international market, a German market and a French market, as well as areas of stalls selling local hand made products and food. My best purchase was a teatowel with road signs of the raunchiest named towns and roads in Britain. The only one I’d actually been to before was Cockermouth. You get the idea. 


After spending the afternoon leisurely strolling and shopping, we found ourselves conveniently in the Northern Quarter, and found a delicious dinner at Cane and Grain. The closest thing to buffalo wings I’ve had in the UK.

The rest of the weekend was dedicated to a Dickensian festival, full of Christmas markets and costumes. Of course we had to go all out with the fancy dress! From the men’s facial hair contest to hanging out in pubs in costume, it’s a great weekend and sense of community spirit. Last year the festival made national news for choosing the questionable #dickfest… all in good fun though!

I can’t wait for Christmas!

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  1. We often forget about the Christmas markets in our own country. I really should try the Christmas market in Lincoln as that’s not far away from us – but will it have a rude tea-towel, that’s the important question!
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    1. Haha it was definitely the highlight of the day! I’m glad I made the trip, U.K. Christmas markets did not disappoint! Hope you make it to Lincoln!

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  2. Nice fancy dress! Although I will admit I go back and forth with my British friends on “costumes” versus “fancy dress!” Looks super fun! Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles and Glædelig Jul from Copenhagen! Erin

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    1. Thanks! I go back and forth as well but since it was a British festival I went with fancy dress!

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  3. How awesome that there are Dickensian festivals where you can dress up! #FarawayFiles

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    1. Definitely a unique festival! It was a lot of fun to wander around in costume and admire everyone else’s costumes as well.

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  4. fifi + hop says:

    Loving all these Christmas market posts – I need to get over there – the U.S. markets do not compare! #farawayfiles

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    1. They don’t! That’s been one of the best parts of moving to Europe.

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  5. We went to the Manchester markets on Saturday – so incredibly packed though, I think Friday would be a better bet!!

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    1. Friday was only moderately crowded, I’d imagine the weekend could get crazy!

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  6. I was really surprised by the Manchester market: it’s huge and pretty excellent. The crowds are mammoth but for the UK, it’s a great effort. Respect to you for embracing the season at the Dickensian festival! #farawayfiles

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    1. It’s a pretty diverse market which made it a lot of fun! Glad you enjoyed our costumes 🙂

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  7. Oh my Manchester how you’ve changed! I went to uni there .. I wont say how long ago but it was a while. There was certainly no Christmas Market or Dickensian festival back then but they look great. Might be time for a trip back up north! Thanks for sharing with us on #FarawayFiles

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    1. That must have been a fun place to go to uni! The markets are definitely a good excuse to head north for a weekend!

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  8. Clare Thomson says:

    I really like the sound of the Dickensian festival and I’m very impressed that you embraced it so much by dressing up. Dickens wrote so wonderfully about Christmas it’s a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us on #FarawayFiles

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    1. It’s good fun, the whole town gets into it, some even dress up as characters!

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