ELVES WANTED: Manchester Christmas Markets Are Looking For Pointy Eared Volunteers

Christmas Elf Shack

Grab your woolies and that reindeer jumper your nan bought you - because the Manchester Christmas Markets are back!

And they're looking for members of the public to get involved with the festive frivolities and make sure the six week event gets off to a roaring start.

The yuletide-loving volunteers will direct visitors around the award-winning attraction and spread some Christmas cheer.

The elvish volunteers will be spread across all 10 Christmas Market sites, helping to advise shoppers on everything from where to grab that perfect Christmas gift for your tricky uncle to the (more pressing matter) of where to grab the ultimate boozy hot choc with your buds.

Christmas Market volunteers will also receive a coveted, limited edition Christmas Market mug and the chance to enjoy tea with the Lord Mayor! (only two lucky elves will be chosen, however, so play your part well..)

If you’re interested in getting involved, or you have any elvish friends who'd be perfect for this, contact coordinator Helen Freeborough at h.freeborough@manchester.gov.uk

All volunteers will attend a briefing session prior to volunteering. 

About the Manchester Christmas Markets

The official opening date for 2016 is Thursday, November 10 and they're set to pack up on December 20 with the main market hub in Albert Square remaining open for an extra day - until Wednesday December 21.

With different zones across the city centre and a huge range of festive treats the markets will embody the phrase 'spoilt for choice'.

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A Sneak-peak at some nom-tastic treats

Traditional Bavarian gluhwein and feuerzangenbowle (a boozy heart-warmer whereby a rum-soaked sugarloaf is set on fire and drips into mulled wine), and special dark beer will be served throughout.

Mango Rays: Will be ofering visitors Christmas punches including mulled wine, coffees and prosecco cocktails

Little Spain: Freshly cooked paella, chorizo rolls, cava, and of couse - Spanish beer and wine

De Creperie: What it says on the tin - mini pancakes and waffles and fizzy pop

Star Bakery GMBH: Bavarian Strudels, Gluhwein, warm fruit punch and non-alcoholic gluhwein (otherwise known as fruit juice)

Flammkuchen: Grab your German-style pizza with cheese and meat and feuerzangenbowle

Porkys Of Yarm: The name had me at Porkys - gourmet pork rolls, Hydes beers and locally produced cider, English wines, mulled wine and hot cider. As well as tea, coffee, locally produced traditional pop, coke and water

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The Manchester Winter Ale House: Draft and decanted bottled real ale from the North West, locally produced micro-brewery cider, Vimto and Temperance drinks from Fitzpatricks, Yates' hot blobs, and wine

Masserrollis: Hot chocolate, tea, liquor coffee, hot chocolate, cakes, biscuits and mulled wine

Bjorn Thomas Catering Services Ltd: German Beers, Gluhwein, spicy orange punch with Jagermeister, Hot chocolate (first floor only), egg nog punch, coffee (first floor only), locally sourced pop, water, Bratwurst, hamburgers, big pan traditional German food

Bavarian Beer House: German Beers, Gluhwein, Mawson's pop, coke and water

Swing Grill: Bratwurst, schnitzel and German hamburgers

Markthandel + Vertrieb: Kasespatzle (cheese dough), pretzels, cheese soup, cheese and ham

Mamma Mia: Traditional Italian food including meat, vegetarian and vegan pasta dishes, Prosecco, Italian lager and Italian wine

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Other fun stuff

Anything from crafts, cheeses, personalised Christmas tree decorations and hand-crafted pies will also be availble to take away

And, for the first time in the history of the Manchester Christmas Markets, organisers have confirmed that Cathedral Gardens will be home to a glorious ice skating rink

The ice rink will be open from Friday November 4 to Sunday January 8. The traditional fun-fair rides will include a ferris wheel, a traditional carousel, a helter skelter and a tea cup ride – all open from Thursday November 10. 

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