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Manchester Christmas Market

Location: Manchester, England

Date: November 14th 2015 to December 21st


Having started in 1999, ith more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, Manchester’s Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.


Manchester Christmas Market Square

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. 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!

Manchester Christmas Market Locations

Albert Square is open 10am to 9pm daily.

Other sites: 10am to 7.30pm (8pm in December).

Bars open until 9pm on all sites.

The markets can be found at the following locations:

  • Albert Square
  • Brazennose Street
  • King Street
  • St. Ann’s Square
  • Exchange Street
  • Market Street
  • New Cathedral Street
  • Exchange Square
  • Corn Exchange
  • Cathedral Gardens

Getting to Manchester Christmas Markets

The organisers suggest that you consider leaving the car at home. You can avoid the stress of parking and treat yourself to a Gluhwein or fine ale at one of the many bars along the market trail.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s website has all the information you need on bus, train and tram times to make your journey as easy as possible.

If you do intend to drive, see where to park in the city centre.

No dogs allowed at Albert Square

Nothe that Albert Square’s market area has a strict “no dogs” policy, with the exception of assistance dogs. This is because the enclosed space is just too busy and crowded, which isn’t a very suitable environment for dogs.

You can bring your dog to the other Manchester Christmas Markets though, as they’re not fenced areas, but it’s advises that it is probably best to leave them at home while you visit the Christmas Markets.

Also note that dogs are also not allowed in any of the bars at any of the market sites.