The words “Manchester, England”, will forever be sung in my head in a strong male tenor, with an additional “England’ added at the end thanks to the musical Hair. But, pop culture references aside, when you’re traveling this holiday season, a destination that you’re guaranteed to find smashing IS Manchester. Whether it’s a short stay, or a longer country-encompassing adventure, with Auto Europe choose from an extensive fleet of rental cars the category that will best fit your travel needs. Car rental pick-ups are available at the Manchester Airport, Picadilly Railstation, and a variety of city locations for your convenience.
Christmas lights ceremonies are a popular kick-off to the holiday season, and a fantastic excuse for city’s to host an event! The Manchester Christmas Light Switch On is replete with a lineup of national and international musical and dance entertainment such as X-Factor winner and Britain native, James Arthur. Once the switch on takes place, there is a pyrotechnics display to conclude the evening. Ensure you’re an early bird, because although set in an open-air venue, Albert Square has a maximum capacity limit and it fills up fast! The magic happens on November 8th , and is only a precursor of exciting things to come this winter season.
Another illuminating event is the Christmas Lantern Parade that takes place on November 29th in Tatton Park. Bring your beacon of light and join the throng of bystanders along the processional way to light Santa’s path as he and a special group of his reindeer pass you by. In the spirit of the season of giving, there is a special collection for the local children’s hospital, in the form of toy donations.
Whether you’re an experienced European Christmas Market explorer or a fledgling first-timer, find out why the Manchester Christmas Market is on many top 10 lists of must-sees this holiday season!
There are nine individually themed markets offering a vast spectrum of goods and cuisine. An array of European vendors with traditional products plus enticing food and beverages will be present along with the national and local purveyors. There are some cool common denominators amidst the markets worth mentioning as you prepare for your holiday visit:
This year a commemorative schilling has been minted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the market’s inception. The coin can be purchased for two pounds and is valued at the same amount. It may be used as currency with participating vendors (it will be noted on their stalls) or may be saved as a collectible afterwards, as it’s worth is only applicable to the Christmas season of its creation.
An eco-friendly drink club has been instituted to reduce the amount of waste produced by visitors. When you need refreshment, you will be asked to put down a deposit of either two pounds for a mug, or one pound for a glass that can be used at beverage stalls for the duration of the market season. At the conclusion of your visit, whether it’s the same day, or you attend the market multiple times, visitors may either keep their drink container, or have their deposit refunded by returning it prior to the official closure of the market. Another amenity is that the various shopping pockets are within walking distance of each other, making it easy to walk back to your rental car and unload your merchandise, making room for new acquisitions.
An excellent seasonal event that’s particularly family oriented is the Winter Wonderland or Christmas Circus, held at Event City. This is one location where you are assured to enjoy an experience unimpeded by the elements as it is held inside. A perfect supplement to your trip, giving you and your smaller travelers a way to expend any excess energy from holiday stimulus in the games, rides and attractions available! Tickets are on sale for the 4-hour sessions that are scheduled to increase access to the fun and cut down on crowding!
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An essential piece of the Christmas season is the musical performances from carolers to concert choirs and orchestras. The Christmas by Candlelight Festival held on December 14th, highlights many seasonal classics with the orchestral talents of the Mozart Festival Orchestra who will be appearing in full period costume of the 18th century. The Canzonetta Choir will be lending their singing talents to the accompanying musicians in a perfect blend that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The music of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is, a beautiful and poignant masterpiece. Since I was a little girl, my favorites have always been the Spanish and Arabian Dances and the Waltz of the Snowflakes. This year, settle into your seat to watch the Northern Ballet Theatre as they present a stirring performance of the classical dances set to this timeless score.
There’s more holiday magic that awaits you across the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Rent a car with Auto Europe and make a stop in Manchester and make many merry memories this season! Learn more about the European Winter Wonderlands and plan your perfect holiday trip, whether you’re looking for family fun, cool accommodations or a romantic wintry getaway. With an Auto Europe rental car, you’re on the road to adventure! Call 1-888-223-5555 today to speak with one of our knowledgeable reservationists, or create a quotation online.
If you have a recommendation or had a memorable experience in Manchester during a previous holiday season to share, we’d love to hear about it!