Monday, 21 November 2022

My 2022 festive recommendations! *MCR Based*

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year and this year I’ve wanted to plan lots of cute festive trips to get me in the Christmas spirit (yes I know it is only November but these dark nights are sending me under and I need the festive happiness!)

Here’s some of my favourite festive places to go this year!


The most obvious recommendation- Manchester Christmas Markets. I’ll be honest I haven’t visited properly for the last couple of years- last year in particular I popped in for a quick drink and then left as I just wasn’t feeling it.

This year seems so much better though. There are so many stalls again- scattered across Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street, King St/St Anne’s Square, Exchange Square & Cathedral Gardens. What struck me most was how many extra seating areas had been provided this year which makes it more of a social outing too, which I loved!

I really enjoyed just taking my time and looking round the independent stalls. I got a lovely scarf & some Christmas prezzies, and of course a Baileys hot choc!

I will definitely be visiting again (hopefully several times) before they close in December! The Manchester markets are open until 22nd December.

Chatsworth Christmas Markets were genuinely the best markets I’ve ever been to. Located at Chatsworth House, the markets are held on the grounds in front of the house.

You can either pay for:
- car parking only (includes access to the market)
- car parking and access to the gardens
- car parking, access to gardens and the house

We opted for just the car parking when we visited as we only wanted to visit the markets and I personally think this is enough for one day but I would love visit the house and gardens on another date.

The stalls were absolutely beautiful and there were lots of food and drinks stalls, as well as sheltered seating areas. If you’ve not been to Chatsworth markets, I highly recommend them.

You can find more info here. Chatsworth Markets are open until 23rd November.

I have been to the Dunham Massey Christmas lights around 4 years ago and I loved it just as much the second time round. This is a beautiful walk round the National Trust grounds, featuring lots of impressive light displays. The finale features both lights and water fountains and is an amazing short show to end the walk.

The walk itself takes around 1 hour, depending on how quickly you walk, with the chance to stop for food and/or drinks at the beginning, end and part way through the walk. There are also fairground rides that you can buy tokens for.

I absolutely love Dunham Massey Christmas - it is an amazing festive outing for all ages: families, couples, friends or even alone. I would definitely recommend this!

For more info click here. Dunham Massey Christmas is on until 2nd January 2023.

This isn’t specifically a festive event but it is a cute wintery night out and so it was the start of me feeling festive! 

This walk is similar to the lights at Dunham Massey but Harry Potter themed. Imagine a gorgeous forest walk, lit with light displays and elements of Harry Potter. The walk was magical and allowed children and fans to use their wands and interact with certain parts of the walk to create the light show. I really liked this aspect as it made it really fun and interactive.

There were stalls serving food and drinks, with Hogwarts themed hot chocolates and special Butterbeer bars! I would really recommend this to anyone with children or for Harry Potter fans. 

You can find more info here. Harry Potter Forbidden Forest is open until 1st January 2023.


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