Visiting Manchester's Christmas Market has been an established family tradition now for well over 18 years. We visited the first ever market back in 1998 when the stalls just about filled the space in front of the town hall and Santa climbed the clock tower. Jump forward to 2017 and after years of expansion the market now stretches from the town hall to the cathedral with large pockets of stalls around the city.
You can buy everything from hats to candles, reindeer skins to cheeses (lots of cheese!) and this year, for the first time, Yorkshire pudding wraps containing almost a full roast dinner and a stall selling hot cookie dough and cream! Our particular favourites are the filled Italian cannoli and the spiced cashew nuts! Delicious! There is plenty to drink from hot chocolate to mulled wines and my favourite the hot spiced cider.
Photographing the market is quite a challenge - large crowds of people, confined spaces and how to get an image that hasn’t been captured by hundreds of other talented photographers.
Our attempt for some photographic individuality involved an early Sunday morning start and in my imagination, a crisp clear sunny morning which in reality turned out to be a cold, dark and very wet visit. The legendary Manchester rain turned out to be photographic gold with city pavements full of reflections. So here’s our rainy day album of Manchester waking up and preparing for the last full weekend of the 2017 Christmas markets.