SOURCE: Marriott International
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sep 20, 2012) - Christmas shopping the way it was meant to be. The bustling of shoppers throughout chalet-lined streets, a warm welcome for afternoon tea in Manchester and the comfort of nearby luxurious hotel create an enchanted atmosphere that may at first sound descript of scenes from a Charles Dickens novel, but in reality are alive and well as Manchester, England kicks off the holiday season with its famed Christmas Market.
A Christmas shopper's dream, the Manchester Christmas Market has come to mean different things to different people, whether it's the absolute destination for buying gifts for everyone in the family or the perfect place for an evening stroll, it is a "must" for many as they prepare for holiday celebrations. Offering everything from handcrafted leather bags and fine jewelry to tasty delicacies and alternative gift ideas, the 2012 Manchester Christmas Market is set to open November 17 and continue through December 23.
Always a festive international shopping experience, the Christmas Market is a great destination and with nearby restaurants in Manchester City Centre, the atmosphere is perfect for nurturing the spirit of Christmas. Shoppers can break for authentic afternoon tea at the nearby V&A Lounge located inside the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, where casual dining, light fare and inviting beverages are a welcome reprieve from shopping and a grand opportunity for visiting with friends and family. Offering relaxing scenic views of the River Irwell, the V&A Lounge Afternoon Tea is just £14.50 per person and includes a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and fine teas.
Drawing on the warmth of rustic oak timbers and red brick facades, the adjoining V&A Restaurant is a natural gathering spot after a full day of shopping. Enjoying tantalizing international entrées at the one of the finest restaurants in Manchester, shoppers can partake of a two- or three-course meal with a glass of wine for just £15 or £20 per person, respectively; or choose from an extensive offering of appetizers, salads, pasta, grilled meats and desserts from the restaurant's full a la carte menu.
Those looking for a holiday getaway can take advantage of a fantastic Friday night offer that starts at just £99 at this stylish Marriott hotel in Manchester. The Sleep and Dine for £99 package includes deluxe overnight accommodations, a three-course Friday night dinner for two and a full English breakfast in the V&A Restaurant so holiday shopping can be a relaxing adventure. The Manchester City Centre hotel's services include secure valet parking, so after a leisurely Saturday morning breakfast, guests can leave the car behind and venture out to explore the Christmas Markets.
About the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel
Beaming with historical charm, yet with a contemporary twist, the Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel is an upscale four-star venue that first served as a warehouse when built in 1844. Boasting original architectural details that add warmth to the hotel's vibrant atmosphere, this unique Manchester City Centre hotel is conveniently located across from Granada Television Studios, next door to Spinningfields and within walking distance to the Opera House and Palace Theatre. Well-appointed accommodations and exceptional service render the hotel a delightful choice for both business and leisure travelers.