Winter Wonderland Hen Parties

Posted in Hen Party Ideas & Advice by Aisha Farndon on 23/10/2013

We all fall in love with the romance of a Winter Wonderland themed wedding – they appear magical, with lots of sparkle and a sprinkling of snow (be that from a snow machine maybe). If you’re looking for Manchester hen party ideas then why not carry the theme through with our guide to Winter Wonderland hen parties.

The Christmas Markets

 gingerbread man


This year is bigger and better than ever as Manchester celebrates 15 years of their Christmas markets between 15 November to 22 December. With over 300 wooden huts selling an array of local and European food, drinks, crafts, jewellery and clothes, the Manchester markets are a buzzing backdrop to any Winter Wonderland themed hen do.

The markets are a great alternative food option for hangover cures and lunches. They’re also more affordable for the whole hen party than a sit-down lunch and with much more atmosphere at this time of year. It’s certainly a step-up from a breakfast at Greggs (as much as we love their sausage and bean pasties)! It goes without saying that the mulled wine and buzz of the markets at night makes it an equally great alternative to those “starter” drinks before you really hit the town!

For the brides-to-be it’s also the perfect opportunity to pick up unique jewellery and gifts for the bridal party – no excuses!

The stalls are spread out all over the city, taking in some of Manchester’s most prettiest and character-full streets. For more information on each market, including opening times, head to Manchester Evening News’ Manchester Markets Guide.

Hen party gifts

You may have been struggling for Manchester hen party ideas, but the first step is to nail the hen party gift bags. Instead of the usual sweets, why not include some Christmas-inspired gingerbreads or macaroons? Or you could even include a Christmas cracker or snow globe!

The “quiet night in”

    Most of our hens love to spend the first night of their hen weekend in Manchester having a girly night in in their apartments. If so, go the whole hog (roast … oh dear!) with the following:

  • mulled wine cocktails, Baileys cocktails and sloe gin
  • Baileys cocktails
  • a cheese board (which you can easily get from the local market)
  • chocolate covered pretzels to tie in with the German market theme
  • Bratwurst sausages
  • Fairly lights
  • A little bit of tinsel!!

The fancy dress

We’re sure we don’t need to inspire you too much as to what you can do to fit in with the Christmassy theme. Asides from the obvious (but always good fun) Mrs Santa and elves outfits, you could even just ask everyone to wear their most awful Christmas jumper for the day, or simply to wear red or white at night.

Now that’s just the easy part. If you’re looking for more Manchester hen party ideas, such as activities you can do in the day or nightlife options, we have plenty on our Build Your Own hen party page. We’ve also got lots of helpful info on what else there is to do in the city in our City Guide.