Dad makes Christmas market in the garden for his family in just three hours

With Christmas markets closed due to the pandemic, one dad has decided to bring the festive magic to his house.

Steve Froggatt, 45, from Manchester, brought the markets to his back garden for his wife Amanda, and their children Ellisse, 26, Bradley, 22, and Spencer, 14 to enjoy.

With the Greater Manchester Christmas markets cancelled, Steve didn’t want to give up on the German wursts, mulled wine, crepes, and beer.

At the request of his wife Amanda, the dad got started on the project.

Amanda had no doubt that Steve would be able to pull it off as it wasn’t his first time giving part of the house an incredible themed transformation.

During the first lockdown, after a family trip to Jamaica fell through, Steve transformed a corner of their home into the Caribbean beach retreat complete with sand, palm trees, sun chairs, and a tropical bar.

For the Christmas markets, Steve used materials from work and Amanda added a few inexpensive finishing touches to give the stalls an authentic festive feel.

The couple admitted that though the project is done, they won’t be able to resist adding to it as Christmas approaches.

Steve said: ‘When we did Jamaica – we were always adding on things. A 6ft 6 Usain Bolt appeared at one time!

‘So we’ll always be adding stuff to the markets, definitely.’

Amanda joked: ‘I just need to try and get an ice rink at the other end of the garden now – but he’s not really having it.’

The family has admitted that they’re already getting a lot of use out of their homemade market stalls.

Steve said: ‘With self-isolating and grown-up children – it does get used and by us all, really.’

And closer to Christmas, the couple plan to recreate the full Christmas market experience from their garden with mulled wine, hot dogs and Amanda’s paella.

‘It’s a shame it’s lockdown because all my girlfriends are desperate to come and try it,’ Amanda said.

‘They absolutely love it.’

And it’s a big hit with the family’s neighbours.

Steve added: ‘There are two little boys next door and they’ve set up a little market stall themselves in the bedroom that overlooks it because they love it that much.

‘So now we have to switch the lights on every night for them because they love it.’

While their DIY markets seem to be a big hit, for now, the couple is undecided on whether they’re going to transform them into something else after Christmas or take them down and start a new project from scratch.

‘We were supposed to be going to Bali in February and living with the elephants – but that was cancelled,’ Amanda said.

‘So, I don’t know what he’s going to do there for me but he’s going to
have to put some elephants in the garden.’

Hinting that there are more tricks up his sleeve for 2021, Steve added: ‘We’ll come up with something else, don’t you worry.’

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