Manchester Christmas Markets

All you need for Christmas in the heart of Manchester

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Dates: 10 Nov - 20 Dec 16

This award winning Christmas market is one of the largest in the UK. For five magical weeks, it winds its way through some of Manchester's most eye-catching streets and squares. Albert Square open until 21 Dec

Thursday 10 November – Tuesday 20 December 2016

European Christmas Market, Albert Square –  Open until 6 pm 21 Dec 2016
Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market.

Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.

The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere:

Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann’s Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | King Street | Market Street | Exchange Square | Cathedral Gardens

Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets returns this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.

With nearly 350 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spanning 10 distinctive market sites across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.

Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. The choice is getting bigger every year. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.

And when planning your visit, don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink! Manchester’s Christmas Markets are famous for traditional bratwurst but you can also treat yourself to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.

Plenty of vegetarian options will be on offer, and for those with a sweet tooth the choices are even more mouth-watering, such as Dutch mini pancakes or French profiteroles!

Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. Soak up the atmosphere of a truly international event with a uniquely Mancunian flavour.

Make a date in your diary to come along, enjoy yourself, and help us make Christmas 2016 the best year ever!

And with all glasses and mugs returnable as part of an environmentally friendly deposit scheme, your Christmas markets are greener than ever.

Opening Times

Albert Square – 10am to 6pm 21 Dec (except: 13 November which opens at 12 noon, 21 December open 10am to 6pm)
All other Christmas market sites – 10am to 7.30pm in November and 10am to 8pm in December
All on site bars – 11am to 9pm each day

Times shown below in Market Opening Hours section are for Albert Square


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10am - 9pm 10am - 9pm 10am - 6pm 10am - 9pm 10am - 9pm 10am - 9pm 10am - 9pm
  • WesBrown6

    Rating: 5 / 5

    Been coming to this market for the last 9 years (at least, it might be more as well). Although the stalls are mostly the same from year to year, and with the same goods for sale, it doesn't really matter because the atmosphere surrounding the whole thing is just awesome. A personal favourite of mine is the "collectible" mugs, so hopefully they will keep on making some new ones. Preferably with some new designs as well, not only a change of year :-) To me Christmas just won't be Christmas without The Manchester Christmas Markets (especially now that we can't even count on snow for Christmas Eve anymore ;-)

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