Christmas Markets – When and Where? 

facetune-4img_5429-1img_5428-1img_6875One thing that makes me feel all warm and festive inside is definitely Christmas markets. So I thought I’d share some local markets with you. Nathan and I have been off work over the past week, so we have visited a couple ourselves. We love a good adventure when we have the time.

So when and where? Most Christmas markets are now open, or just opening and are usually open right up until the week before Christmas.

One we have visited this week is Chester Christmas markets, which are our nearest festive markets. They opened up on Thursday 16th November, and we visited on Friday whilst on a little shopping trip with Nathan’s Mum. They are based smack bang in the heart of Chester on the Town Hall Square, near the Forum Shopping Centre and the Cathedral.

They will be around until the 20th December, with around 50-75 stalls (this is just my guestimate guys, I definitely did not go around counting the stalls). They are all filled with crafts and tonnes of delicious treats to pick up along the way!

As well as Chester, Manchester Christmas Markets are also open now. They were one of the earliest to open their doors this year, on the 10th November and are there right up until December the 21st. The main market is based in Albert Square, and we walked there from the Arndale Centre. It wasn’t too far, maybe about at 15-20 minute walk.

However, along with the main market hub there are other smaller sections dotted around the city centre – we visited a few, but not all. My favourite part is the ice rink based in Cathedral Gardens, which is only a stone throw away from the Arndale Centre.

This year was my first year to the Manchester markets, and I absolutely loved them – you can’t beat the warm scent of mulled wine! I think the only thing that put me off a little is how busy they are. We went on Monday, and I was expecting it to be a little busy but it was absolutely packed. Every time I visit a city it makes me realise how much I wouldn’t be able to cope living there myself. I’m not the best with crowds and I love coming home to our quiet little village afterwards.

Liverpool Christmas Markets is one that we have not managed to visit as of yet. This is because they opened on Friday 17th November and we, unfortunately, had plans over the weekend and visited the city earlier on in the week for Christmas shopping. Hopefully, we will get the chance before they finish on the 22nd December.

They are all based at St George’s Plateau, along with the Windmill Bar and Grill and the German beer bar. When I visited last year, Nathan and I went along with my Dad and a few of his friends and we absolutely loved the German Beer Bar!

Well, they are my most local Christmas markets. Have you visited any yet? I’d love to hear! Let me know down below in the comments, or tweet me!

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas…

I don’t know about you but there are certain little things that happen throughout December – sometimes even as early as November  – which start to give me that little ‘oh, it’s nearly Christmas’ feel.

The first one is the earliest one, it’s always on the TV around early November time and it’s like the switch flips inside of me and all of a sudden I can’t wait until Christmas. Especially this year because as you know it is Nathan and I’s first year in our home. You can only imagine how excited I was to buy the decorations, let alone put them up! Can you guess what it is?Most people see the John Lewis advert as the beginning of the festivity, but no! For me it’s the Coca Cola Christmas advert.

Then the Christmas songs, and decorations come out in the shops. Which obviously means I can put my decorations up at home, right? My Christmas decorations went up at the end of November – a little early I know but I wanted to make sure I had enough lights and decorations on it. In the end it turns out I’d bought a little too many, now we have fairy lights not only on the tree, but up the banister also.

I would say when the mince pies start showing up on the shelves in supermarkets, but I’ve never really liked minced pies…

Of course, you then see the towns and villages where I live turn their Christmas lights on, and for the past couple of years the Coca Cola truck has been in our local town. This year they have put a little nativity scene on the church near where my Dad lives, which is cute. They had a little evening to turn on the Christmas lights and open the nativity scene.

Then the advent calendars come out, and before you know it your two weeks into December before you even know it! Can you believe there’s only 2 more Monday’s until Christmas? I think the festivity in the Hughes-Jones household is in full swing, it’s time to get the Christmas films out!

What makes you feel festive? I’d love to hear…

pssst can you please link me to your blogmas/festive posts I need something to read!

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The Christmas Jumper Edit

*plays Christmas songs in the background*

I’m getting rather excited for Christmas now, and what do I love more than festive music? CHRISTMAS JUMPERS! Whether it be for the day itself or for Christmas Jumper day, I love the cosiness of a good Christmas jumper so today I am going to share my favourites with you

 

Disney Happy Holidays Christmas Jumper | Festive Knitted Top | Ho Ho Reindeer Christmas Sweatshirt | Sparkle Sweatshirt

There are hundreds of Christmas jumpers to chose from online, but these are just a few of my favourites, have you found your Christmas jumper for this years Christmas jumper day yet? I’d love to see! Tweet me or drop a comment below!

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Must Have Stocking Fillers – For Her

I would like to say that I have finished my Christmas shopping, but will I actually ever finish? I always seem to think I’ve finished, but then end up picking up extra bits for people when I don’t really need to.

I have to say, stocking fillers are my favourite thing to buy, little quirky things that you just know someone will love – especially if they’re meaningful. Today I’m going to share my must have stocking fillers for the lovely ladies in your life.

Oh K Nail File Duo | 2017 Botanical Diary | Faux Fur Pom Pom Hot Water Bottle | Keep Calm and Colour Mermaids | Makeup Revolution Iconic Nudes Brush Set | Pandora Cherry Blossom Stud Earrings

I have to admit, a few of these were on my Christmas list, but they’re so cute I thought I had to share them with you…

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Secret Santa £5 and Under

The festive period is vastly approaching, and I thought I’d start whacking out the festive posts! Although unfortunately won’t be taking part in Blogmas, as there is just not enough hours in the day for me, I will be posting regular festive content leading up to the Christmas period.

What better way to start than with a gift guide? Secret Santa is something we are going to be taking part in, in work this year. We have set ourselves a limit of £5 so I have been scouring the shops for deals and thought I’d share my ideas with you guys!

Rudolph Heat Change Mug | Blooming Gorgeous Relaxing Bath Remedy | Nivea Lip Balm Tin | Flutter Wooden Frame | Soap & Glory Happy Pamper Gift Set

I thought it would be really hard to try and find a decent gift for £5 and under but after looking, I realised there’s a huge variety to chose from! Are you taking part in Secret Santa anywhere this year? I’d love to hear your ideas!

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