They’re back! Well almost – the official opening details have been revealed for the Manchester Christmas Markets – a major fixture in the city’s festive celebrations which see a host of stalls spread across multiple sites. Manchester’s Christmas Markets will be returning for six weeks between Fri Nov 8 – Sat Dec 21 (with Albert Square’s stalls closing a day later). The markets first arrived in 1999 and since then they’ve grown exponentially and continued to offer more and more to festive attendees. From hand crafted goods, seasonal flavoured food, right down to a variety of mulled wine, beers and eggnog – the Manchester Christmas markets have something for everybody, unless of course you’re a complete Scrooge. 2019’s festive hub is once again centred around Albert Square, stretching through to St Anne’s Square, and continuing to Cathedral Gardens where visitors can find the Ice Village which hosts an impressive gallery of ice sculptures alongside an accompanying ice rink. Full details on traders, special events and exact location details will be announced as soon as their available however there is one thing we know for sure – 2019 will mark the final outing for the giant orange zippy Santa that has sat atop the town hall for so many years. This landmark sight is due to be replaced this year, so keep your eyes peeled for updates on who – or what – will take its place. More as we ho-ho-have it.

Sat 9 Nov - Sun 22 Dec
Albert Square, St Annes Square, Cathedral Gardens
, Free , 10am to 8pm daily
Words:
Will Stonier
Published on:
Thu 29 Aug 2019