We all love the Manchester Christmas markets with their far-flung European treats, but for those looking for something made a little closer to home there’s another market catering to Mancunians this year.

From now until 22nd December, the Great Northern Warehouse will be hosting a totally independent Manchester makers market every Saturday and Sunday – giving you the chance to browse a collection of the best food, drink, arts and crafts producers in the region. 

Entertainment will be provided by a choir singing Christmas carols and a DJ, whilst foodie treats will range from mince pies and candy canes to gingerbread gin and plant-based Christmas baked goods. 

It won’t all be food though, you’re sure to find some quirky and unique gifts here with producers covering everything from handmade candles and crockery to art, vintage clothing and even holistic products. 

The makers market has long been a popular fixture across Greater Manchester, popping up at different locations every weekend to connect Manchester makers with their community.

Not only are they a great place to find unique and individual gifts for the people you love this Christmas, but by shopping independent (instead of going online or to a big superstore) you’re also helping Manchester thrive by putting money back into the local economy.

Christmas sales can account for between a third and nearly two-thirds of annual turnover for a retailer – meaning now is the biggest time of the year to put money back into Manchester as we head out to buy our Christmas presents. 

Research has shown that for every pound spent with a small or medium-sized business 63p stayed in the local economy, compared to 40p with a larger business, so by shopping small you can make a real difference to local producers.  

And while you are there, there are plenty more permanent independent businesses at Great Northern, too. For food and drink, check out Evuna, Almost Famous, Home Sweet Home, Platzki, Thai Smiles, Lions Den Bar, Dormouse Chocolates, Alex’s Bakery and – opening this weekend – Holy Grain bread.

The Makers Markets will be at the Great Northern every Saturday (11am- 7pm) and Sunday (11am-6pm) from now until 22nd December 2019.

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