THE world-famous Manchester Christmas Markets have spread across the globe with a first-of-its-kind Google Street View service.

The popular internet mapping tool has featured some of the world’s most famous landmarks, but the bar has now been raised with another Manchester first as the Albert Square site is digitised for armchair tourists who prefer to see the sights online.

The Street View, which has gone live today, will celebrate the final weekend of the markets, allowing visitors to relive their experience and give those that didn’t make it along to the award-wining attraction the chance to see what they missed.

The Google street view is now available online enabling visitors to journey directly from the street view of Manchester city centre, seamlessly in to the Albert Square Christmas Market site as a virtual tour.

TOUR.MEDIA – based in Manchester – has produced the Google Street View allowing the public to plan their Christmassy visit, share their experiences and explore ahead of the crowds.

If you couldn’t attend this year or live at the North Pole, just Google search ‘Manchester Christmas Markets’ and click ‘See inside’ for your adventure to begin. Don’t forget, as always, you can leave helpful reviews, plan your journey and share your photo-memories easily using your smart device.

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “When not making toys, Santa’s elves’ favourite pastime is to explore Manchester on Google Street View. They will think Christmas has come early now they can wander through Albert Square – what a brilliant way to see the markets.

“We think this is the first time Google’s street view has visited a Christmas market – but clearly the UK’s original, biggest and best was the place to start.”

Daryl Jackson, Managing Director of Tour.Media and Trusted Google Street View photographer, said: “At TOUR.MEDIA we have a passion for sharing the world. Most people will have seen our Google virtual tours showcasing the ‘inside’ of restaurants, hotels, shops and showrooms, which is great for increasing business sales and boosting that all important online presence. However we are always on the lookout for interesting and exciting outside events that we think the public would love to see.”

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By Teresa Mcmahon

All photo credits Mark Waugh

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