Manchester has beautiful architecture, great restaurants, and of course, Old Trafford. The industrial past of this northern city is obvious in grand bulidings and canals around the city. Hit up the Northern Quarter for a night out, or go to the Trafford or Arndale Centres for some shopping. Don't miss a performance by the Halle Orchestra or a show at the Palace, the Opera House or Bridgewater Hall.

Manchester's Christmas market is a much closer option than Germany or Austria's. Sip mulled wine after a ride on the wheel. Then head for a pint at a traditional pub.

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