We can’t believe that it’s almost time for the Christmas markets to take over the city of Manchester once again! The renowned markets have been part of the Manchester’s Christmas tradition since 1999 and we can’t wait for them to make their grand return.

If you’re planning on visiting the world famous markets, then take a look at our guide filled with everything you need to know about this years festivities.

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When & Where?

The markets are back earlier than ever this year and will be open on Friday 10th November until Wednesday 20th December. 

Over 300 stalls will fill the city center  specialising in food, drink and crafted gifts so there is a lot to see.

Businesses come from all over Europe to sell their products at the markets meaning  some zones have designated international themes.

The map below shows where the stalls will be placed.

Map Key:

1. Albert Square – European market & main hub

2. King Street – French market

3. Market Street

4. St Ann’s Square – German market

5. Corn Exchange

6. New Cathedral Street

7. Brazennose Street

8. Cathedral Gardens – Family Fun

9. Exchange Square

10. Exchange Street

Opening Hours

Albert Square, the European market and main hub of the Christmas extravaganza, will be open from 10am – 9pm daily. All other zones will be open from 10am-7:30pm throughout November, with opening times being extended until 8pm throughout December. However food stalls and bars will remain open until 9pm daily.

As well as delicious drinks, mouthwatering meals and unique, hand crafted gifts, there will also be an ice rink for all the family to enjoy at Cathedral Gardens, open from 11am-9pm until January 7th (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day).

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Christmas Mugs

The iconic Christmas market mugs will of course be back again this year. Each year brings a new mug with a new design featuring the year of the Christmas market – great for collecting or simply to have as a keepsake.

When you order a warm drink from any of the bars, whether that be hot chocolate or mulled wine, you will be asked to a pay £2.50 deposit and get your drink automatically in a Christmas mug. When you have finished, you can either keep the mug or return it to the bar to get your deposit back.

Take a look at this years Christmas design below.

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We hope everyone that visits the Christmas Markets this year has a wonderful time, they’re definitely something not to be missed!