As you have probably heard, The Christmas Markets have begun. An array of over 300 stalls across the city centre made up of mouth watering barbeque and hog roasts, traditional German sausages and schnitzel, mountains of cheese and cured meats, vintage clothing and jewellery and of course an abundance of Christmassy art and crafts for everyone.

The opening night was of course a huge hit, packed full of overly eager shoppers and after work drinkers sipping on mulled wine and every other boozy hot drink you could imagine. It seems the city has embraced the cold and is ready for the holiday season.

Some may find the idea of shopping in this environment slightly daunting. The I Love Manchester crew has done all the hard work for you… Whilst enjoying a mug or two of course. As we worked our way through the crowds, trying our very best not to stop and eat every few minutes, we picked out the five best stalls of the Christmas Markets for 2014! Seek and you will find…

#1 Pop Clocks

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Love The Beatles? The Smiths? The Rolling Stones? Pop Clocks turn old vinyl records into coasters and clocks! Great gifts for everyone… Maybe snag one for yourself! Locations in Albert Square and St. Anne’s Square Markets.

#2 If I Can Dream

Mancunians Go Mad for the Christmas Markets - Here’s our favourites I Love Manchester

Located in the Albert Square Markets, If I Can Dream stocks clothes for the little ones, winter warmers, pillows and all things cute! Perfect for stocking stuffers, gifts for the children, and bespoke winter home decor.

#3 The Junk Shop

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Located in Albert Square Markets, The Junk Shop stall take vintage items and give them a modern twist, they design their own bespoke jewellery and also stock vintage clothing! Grab a one of a kind piece for your special someone.

#4 Chess & Puzzle

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Who doesn’t love to play games during the holidays? Pick up a beautiful new chess set or a box of handcrafted dominos to play by the fire with your family. Located in Albert Square Markets.

#5 Metal Art Productions

Mancunians Go Mad for the Christmas Markets - Here’s our favourites I Love Manchester

Love your action figures, super heroes and comic book characters? Metal Art Productions have hundreds of metal figures. They are just really, really cool. Located in St. Anne’s Square Markets.

Food & Drink

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Need a Break from Shopping? Check out I Love Manchester’s Favourite Food & Drink Destinations at the Christmas Markets!

Old Windmill House – Albert Square

The Roast Hog & Bar – Exchange Square

Le Moulin Au Chocolat – King Street

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