Nothing signals the start of the festive season better than Manchester Christmas Markets. Starting on November 9th, there are all kinds of markets and events planned until December 22nd. What can we expect this year?
Christmas lights switch on
The city’s lights will be switched on during a concert on November 3rd with Jonas Blue and Max George being the headline acts. As well as the light switch in Albert Square, the main Christmas market will be here too, something you won’t see again for another four years due to scheduled works in the square.
From Friday, November 9th to Saturday 22nd December, the Christmas markets in Manchester will be in full swing with the main market in Albert Square giving you an extra day to buy your last minute gifts and enjoy the festive atmosphere on Sunday 23rd December.
The markets open at 10 am, with the smaller sites closing at 7.30 pm during November but closing at 8 pm during December. The main market will stay open until 9 pm as will most of the food and drink areas too.
Where will you find the Manchester Christmas Markets?
The main market is in Albert Square, with smaller markets, drink and food to be found at St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, Cathedral Gardens, Market Street and the Corn Exchange.
Download this handy Manchester Christmas Market map courtesy of the Manchester Evening News.
Ice skating and the Ice Village
Pop on a pair of skates and enjoy the ice skating rink and Ice Village at Cathedral Gardens, a venue that is sure to be busy and great fun. Open from 11 am to 9 pm, you can skate and wander through the Ice Village, admiring the sculptures of Emmeline Pankhurst amongst others and be dazzled by the overall magical experience from November 9th up to and through Christmas until January 5th (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day).
What food and drink is on offer at the Manchester Christmas Markets?
As you can imagine, there is a veritable feast of delights at the market, with food and drink being the talking point of the Christmas markets… as is the pricing.
This year, you can expect to pay up to £5 for a tasty bratwurst, and between £4 and £6.50 for a festive pint or two. There are plenty of food stalls and drinking places, all offering different foods and artisan drinks at various price points.
The Mug Scheme
With an eye on the environmental credentials of the market, keeping the waste and recycling costs down means making changes and the Mug Scheme is one answer to that.
Rather than disposable cups, revellers are encouraged to buy a Manchester Christmas Market mug and have it refilled as you enjoy the market. A small payment of £2.50 secures your mug, perfect for bringing to Manchester Christmas Markets in future years, wouldn’t you say?
Getting to the Manchester Christmas Markets
There are always plenty of signs to help those unfamiliar with the market to find where they want to be, as well as trains, Metrolink stops within the vicinity as well as buses.
Wrap up warm to enjoy the lights, the atmosphere and everything that traders at Manchester Christmas Markets have to offer. If you are having a stall and need to hire an extra pair of hands to help you get in touch with Promotional Staff Manchester!