Manchester Christmas Markets Has Been Voted Best In UK
Manchester Christmas Market has been voted the best in the UK.
Not only that, but the city also features in Europe's top 20, at a respectable 13th place. In fact, it placed higher than classic Christmas destinations such as Dresden, Leipzig and Cologne.
It received 5,841 votes and was the only UK city to make the list.
Manchester City Council explained that the city 'is representing the British Isles as the only UK city to be nominated in the final 20 festive attractions by influential travel website, European Best Destinations'.
The final positions were chosen by a European-wide vote by more than 200,000 people from 131 countries.
Feedback from those who've attended the market has been very complimentary.
One visitor said: "Amazing place to try food from around the world. Great place to meet new people. Good German beer and traditional wurst. Bustling place but still not too crowded. Earlier in the day is good for kids in a pram too."
Another added: "In town from the US for a Manchester United game and had a great time. The food was great, the drinks even better and a great atmosphere for all. Great place to shop with a lot of options. Loved the way it spread out from the centre into different neighbourhoods and connected visitors with conventional shopping."
A third gushed: "The best one I've been to in years. Great variety of stalls selling trinkets, gifts, handbags, purses, numerous food stalls, both takeaway and cookies, cheeses etc. Set aside a few hours to see everything. Great!"
And a European visitor added: "Coming from Germany I'm used to very traditional markets. The Manchester Christmas market is very international with standards from various countries such as Germany, France and even Turkey! Well worth a visit."
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester's Christmas spokesperson, said: " Although it often goes without saying - that Manchester has the best Christmas Market in the UK - it never hurts to be told. We have fought off competition from some of the most popular Christmas cities in the world and our reign as the UK's capital of Christmas continues."
The full list is as follows:
1. Zagreb, Croatia
2. Colmar, France
3. Vienna, Austria
4. Budapest, Hungary
5. Strasbourg, France
6. Montbeliard, France
7. Aachen, Germany
8. Basel, Switzerland
9. Metz, France
10. Tallinn, Estonia
11. Brussels, Belgium12. Prague, Czech Republic
13. Manchester, United Kingdom
14. Cologne, Germany
15. Amiens, France
16. Dresden, Germany
17. Nuremberg, Germany
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