Following the growing success of the annual Manchester Day Parade, which now sees thousands flock to the city centre to take in an array of dazzling displays, the first festive edition of the celebration will take place this weekend.

Happening on sun 11 Dec at 1pm, the magical parade will see more than 200 participants take to the streets and weave their way through the city centre.

Led by Santa himself, the parade will be made up of all things Christmas, from Candy Cane stilt walkers and Runaway Presents, to Christmas Elves and Dancing Snowmen.

The Bloco Band will be providing live music, and there’ll be live dancers also adding to the entertainment.

Created by outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank, as well as Sugar Plum Fairies and Toy Soldiers, the Toy Procession will also see a Fairy Mouse following the parade, squeaking its way around the streets, along with ‘the biggest Christmas Crackers you’ve ever seen’.

The Parade will set off at 1 pm from Deansgate at the junction with Blackfriars Street on a circular route that will see it travel south along Deansgate, before turning left onto St Ann’s Street, then left onto Cross Street.  It will then travel down Cross Street, past Boots and the Royal Exchange Theatre, before turning left onto Market Street, going past Marks and Spencer, and along St Mary’s Gate to Deansgate – finishing where it started.

There will be an accessible viewing point for anyone who needs it outside Boots on Cross Street – with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Manchester Christmas Parade is expected to last up to an hour from start to finish.

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Sun 11 Dec, 1pm, City centre
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 8 Dec 2022