IF it is that festive feeling you are looking for then there is only one place you should visit this Christmas.

Manchester’s huge array of Christmas Markets have something for everyone and can even instil Christmas spirit in to Ebenezer Scrooges amongst us.

The combination of mulled wine, German beers, and hot food delicacies tanterlise the taste buds while the unique and often handmade gifts on offer provide an alternative to those same old presents lying underneath the Christmas tree.

The ambience of the markets make it a great place to visit with friends, family or even that special somebody.

In total there are eight separate Christmas Markets venues across Manchester City Centre that can be found a short walk apart in Albert Square, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, King Street, Spinningfields and Brazennose Street.

It is no wonder that last weekend, at the opening, more than 67,500 people visited Albert Square alone.

These record breaking figures resulted in the busiest day of trading on record in Albert Square.

Wandering around the markets absorbing the festive cheer it is clear to see why people visit year on year.

Whether it be the irresistible smells of the homemade food, the array of world beers, or the shopping it is easy to lose yourself.

It would be difficult to take in all the markets have to offer in one visit, so a stay is definitely necessary.

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So even if you are only planning one shopping trip this Christmas, make sure Manchester’s Christmas Markets are at the top of your list.

The markets are open until 21 December.