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Christmas Craft in Manchester

A heady brew Glühwein, bratwurst and craft hung in the air at this years Manchester Christmas market. There was something for all the senses at this the ninth year of the annual event. Presided over by Alfred Waterhouses beautiful town hall, Albert Square proved the perfect location for displaying a wide assortment of handmade works.

Bracelets by Ophelia Button of Manchester Craft Mafia were one of the many highlights from the group with handbags, ceramics, paper work, soft toys and textiles, again showing how contemporary craft has moved with the times to reflect a new urban chic.

For those of us the feel the cold there was a brilliant opportunity to warm up and take in some more wonderful work. The Dazzle jewellery show just inside the Town hall had work by 50 of Britains top designers including vintage flower broaches by Jerwood short listed maker Gainne Morton and Leaf Necklaces by Jane Adam.

For those of you that want to soak up the Christmas spirit and grab a few presents on the way this is the perfect time to do it.

Dazzle continues until December 30, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm (except December 24, 11am-4pm). Closed December 25 & 26. Town Hall, Albert Square, M60 2LA