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Guide to a Handmade Christmas in Manchester

Holly Eliza Temple

If you are a Manchester local, you would have noticed that the famous Christmas Markets of the city have already begun, making sure the central streets of the city are full of bustling crowds of festivity for the next month. The market continues until 22 December, allowing you to get away with some last minute independent gifts. But  if the crowds of shoppers aren’t for you, we’ve compiled an alternative handbook of workshops and fairs - that you might not have heard of - to allow you to easily embrace a sustainable, independent and handmade Christmas. 


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Christmas Shouldn’t Cost The Earth
Hatch, 103 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7ED
This weekend is a busy one for Christmas events, with ‘Manchester’s First Sustainable Christmas Market’ sure to be a hit. Christmas Shouldn’t Cost The Earth is popping up at Hatch for two days, beginning 5-9pm on Friday 29 November and continuing 11am-7pm on Saturday 30th. The event advertises zero plastic packaging, ethical and fairtrade shopping, hot mulled wine and food, as well as festive workshops throughout – including Festive Wreath Making, DIY Beeswax Food Wraps and Learn to Ferment!

This event takes place 29-30 November 2019, 11am-7pm. 

Festive Craftivism with Extinction Rebellion
Manchester Craft and Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Manchester, M4 5JD
If you can’t get to this sustainable haven, Manchester Craft and Design Centre are also holding a Festive Craftivism workshop with Extinction Rebellion. From 11am-4pm on the Saturday, feel free to bring all sorts of packaging and waste that we would usually discard, and drop-in to this free workshop to upcycle and make your own decorations and wrapping paper.

This event takes place 30 November 2019, 11am-4pm. 

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Loot Christmas Art Market
Common, 39-41 Edge Street, Manchester, M4 1HW
Kicking off the countdown to the 25th, from 4-8pm on Sunday 1 December, Common Bar are hosting the Loot Christmas Art Market, with their coinciding Happy Hour meaning you can treat yourself to cheap pints, cocktails and house wine while you browse the prints, jewellery, ceramics and more direct from the artists. 
This event takes place 1 December 2019, 4-8pm. Don’t panic if you can’t make this event – it looks like another Loot Xmas Art Market is taking place on 8 December at The Beagle in Chorlton.

Mini Makers Market
The Union, 21 Higher Cambridge Street, Manchester, M15 6AD
With Manchester being a hub of independent creators, there is no shortage of artists fairs and makers markets, with a festive Mini Makers Market tucked away in the students’ union of Manchester Metropolitan University. Not just for students, from 10am-4pm on 4 December, discover locally made gifts from well-known traders such as Nordic Muse, Plant Shop Manchester and Parched Tea.

This event takes place 4 December 2019, 10am-4pm. 

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Patch: A Partridge in a Christmas Wreath
Angel Square, Manchester, M4 4 

We’re sure by this point you will have found a gift for everyone on your list, and maybe one or two for yourself, so why not pop along to Patch: A Partridge in a Christmas Wreath? Patch is a neighbourhood kitchen garden run by The Old Bank Residency, encouraging involvement in growing and making for free. This workshop will be held at Angel Square from 12-3pm on 12 December, and will help you to give back to nature by making an edible Christmas wreath for birds in your garden to enjoy. 

This event takes place 12 December 2019, 12-3pm. 

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