Last weekend, we headed off to Manchester city centre to check out the Christmas markets with £100 in our pocket as well as a brand new smartphone, both courtesy of Huawei, the global mobile phone provider. To celebrate the launch of their Ascend Y550 smartphone – a device that comes with a large screen, complete with 4G and great cameras all for under £100, Huawei tasked us to have a fun day out with the cash and using the smartphone to capture some visual highlights.
We didn’t make it to the Christmas markets last December so I was really looking forward to it – and my oh my, I think everyone else in the North West had the same idea – was it ever busy! This year has to be the biggest and best yet, there are more market stalls than ever before and Albert Square was packed to the rafters! Although we’d wrapped up warm for the cold weather, there was no chance of feeling chilly in amongst all that body heat, combined with the illuminations and sizzling bratwurst on the griddles (plus a big mug of creamy hot choc laced with Baileys for me ). We each enjoyed a spicy hotdog, apart from middle son who preferred to have a crepe with his favourite Nutella.
After a while it was a bit too busy for the younger boys who were beginning to feel swamped by all the grown ups, so we headed out towards the less hectic but still buzzing stalls elsewhere. There were muscians playing Christmas tunes and carol singers, too. It did feel very merry and festive.
Over at Spinningfields we visited the ice rink (although just watched rather than participated) and the youngest enjoyed a whizz down the helter skelter.
I did a little window shopping as we strolled past all the big store window displays and we soaked up the atmosphere. Everyone seemed happy, even the car park attendants had a big box of chocolates they were dishing out as a treat on the way home. Aww… don’t you just love Christmas?!
Big thanks to Huawei for our lovely day out, now it’s your turn to enjoy a similar treat! One lucky winner will receive the same brilliant Huawei smartphone that we snapped our pictures with PLUS £100 to spend. Simply share your own budget itineraries via the rafflecopter widget below for the chance to win this great prize; perhaps you too would pay a visit your local markets and sample some great street food, or maybe treat yourself and a friend to a lovely cocktail afternoon tea? The choice is yours and I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ways to make the most of £100. Once you leave a blog comment you will be able to have extra entries if you choose.
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