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14 December 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent XMAS Luxury Travel on a luxury coach - the better way to get away! PUT YOUR DAY TRIP IN SAFE HANDS BOOKING HOTLINE: 0161 287 5566 Email: • Web: REDUCED CHILD FARES APRIL 2020 Sat 4 WHITBY £19.50 Mon 6 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Tue 7 SETTLE MARKET & MORECAMBE £16.99 Wed 8 PRESTATYN, RHYL OR COLWYN BAY £19.50 Thur 9 SCARBOROUGH £19.50 Fri 10 CHESTER OR CHESTER ZOO £14.99 Fri 10 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Sat 11 LLANDUDNO £19.50 Mon 13 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Tue 14 THE FAMOUS COTSWOLD MARKET £24.50 Wed 15 SKIPTON MARKET & BOUNDARY MILL £14.99 Thur 16 BLIST HILL VICTORIAN TOWN & IRON BRIDGE £34.99 Fri 17 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Sat 18 WHITBY £19.50 Sat 25 HARROGATE SPRING FLOWER SHOW £35.99 MAY 2020 Sat 2 LLANGOLLEN VIA HORSESHOE PASS, THEN BETWYS-Y-COED £19.50 Fri 8 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Fri 8 CHESTER OR CHESTER ZOO £14.99 Sat 9 LLANDUDNO VICTORIAN EXTRAVAGANZA £19.50 Sat 16 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Sat 23 WHITBY £19.50 Mon 25 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 Mon 25 CHESTER OR CHESTER ZOO £14.99 Tue 26 SETTLE & MORECAMBE £16.99 Wed 27 LLANDUDNO £19.50 Thur 28 SOUTHPORT £14.99 Fri 29 SCARBOROUGH £19.50 Sat 30 BLACKPOOL, CLEVELEYS OR FLEETWOOD £14.99 yellowaytv yellowaycoaches @yellowayprivatehire @yelloway Savings that all stack up For every single trip we pick up from: HEYWOOD, HEYWOOD SUMMIT, BURY, ROCHDALE and MIDDLETON Save £1 per person when booked on-line at 2020 FULL EXCURSIONS LIST NOW AVAILABLE! Have a very blingy Christmas in Zurich COULD there be anything more opulent than a Christmas tree covered in 7,000 glittering Swarovski crystal ornaments? Anywhere else it might seem an ostentatious display, but it’s a rather fitting showpiece in Zu- rich’s Hauptbahnhof Christmas market, Christkindlimarkt, in Switzerland’s fashionable finan- cial capital. Divine boutiques on every cor- ner sell cutting-edge fashion and designer homewares, while sharp- ly dressed locals stroll through the markets, considering classic wooden toys, sumptuous chocolate or unique jewellery for Christmas gifts. There’s no tacky plastic rub- bish here. Starting my journey at the cen- tral station market, it reminds me of the traditional Christmas mar- kets found across Germany, albeit with a Swiss twist. Avenues of wooden huts sur- round the crystal Christmas tree, and spiced apple or orange punch is as popular as mulled wine (Gluhwein). I’m instantly drawn to a stall selling chasmeischter, a hollowed out bread roll with molten cheese oozing from its centre. It’s equal parts fromage heav- en and lactose intolerance night- mare, and there’s certainly no dignified way to eat it. Following it with punch and fruit preserved in delectable chocolate, I realise I need to walk it all off. So I step outside to explore what is, in essence, a whole-town Christmas fest. There are 10 mar- kets across Zurich and each al- most flows into the next as stalls line the streets. Across the other side of the city, Sechselautenplatz hosts the larg- est and is certainly a favourite with children. They skip around me on their way to a skating path, a course running around a small house and along fir tree-lined alleys on the southern edge of the market. Adults clearly enjoy it too. No Christmas kitsch here ei- ther, as the 100-odd stalls across the square have locally sourced designer and artisan goods on sale, alongside a surprisingly mul- ticultural range of cuisine. Aromas from curries, stir fries, burgers and pasta fill the air as I make a beeline for the fondue cha- let, hoping to tuck into a raclette and beer. But I’m told that due to popular demand, tables need to be reserved days in advance. I console myself with a hot chocolate as I leave to meander through Zurich’s old town. Nar- row lanes invite exploration as they trickle down to the river off Niederdorfstrasse, where the old- est Christmas market in the city draws me in. Chocolate, wine, boutique jewellery, clothes and souvenirs fill out this Christmas village, where I could easily spend an entire evening. Shunning tinsel and tack for a sophisticated Christmas market, Nick McAvaney heads to Swiss city Zurich Get Ready for Christmas Victoria Mill, Bolton Road, AthertonM46 9JQ 01942 878778 •