Like it or not, it’s getting close to that time of year again. From mid-November, Manchester will take on a continental feel as the Christmas markets roll into town. The hub, as ever, is outside the Town Hall and you’ll find tonnes more stalls throughout the streets and squares of the city centre (see the full list, below). Some of these areas have themes: There’s a French market in King Street; St Ann’s Square is for all things German; and you’ll find arts and crafts in Exchange Square. An eclectic mix of Xmas gifts from around the world will be on sale, but beware: this isn’t the place for last-minute shopping, as the markets finish on the 20th December. Be sure to check out the famous street food, including bratwurst, paella, and maybe even the somewhat disconcerting hog roasts. You might even find some vegetarian options if you look hard enough. The bars are open until 9pm at all sites, so the markets are always nice for socialising after work with some Bavarian beer or glühwein.

Thu 10 Nov – Tue 20 Dec, Albert Square, Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, The Corn Exchange, King Street, Market Street, Exchange Square, Cathedral Gardens, Tel: 0161 234 5000, 10am – 8pm (Bars until 9pm), FREE entry,

Thu 10 Nov - Tue 20 Dec
A. James Simpkin
Published on:
Sun 18 Dec 2016