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Manchester Christmas Markets 2012

Manchester's Christmas Markets really are a sight to behold, transforming much of the city centre with their wooden chalets bustling with food, drink, fashions and gifts from around the world. 

The main hub of the action is Albert Square's European Markets, where an entire Alpine village is constructed under the watchful eye of the Town Hall's giant illuminated Father Christmas. With rows and rows of stalls selling everything from continental cheeses to Christmas trees, hot bratwursts to crepes and scarves and hats to hand made chocolates, Albert Square is a great place to pick up a quirky festive gift. 

And of course, it's home to the all important German beer tents, selling continental lagers, hot mulled wine, and an array of festive food to weary shoppers, workers and visitors alike.

Head South from Albert Square along Brazennose Street, and you'll find the World Christmas Market, with its smaller, more peaceful stalls and beer tent.

Another main hub of the markets can be found in nearby St Ann's Square and the streets around it. St Ann's Square is home to the German Christmas market, where you'll discover all the essential festive snacks and beverages to help fuel your Christmas shopping, while on neighbouring Exchange Street you'll find the Manchester Christmas Arts and Crafts Market - the perfect place to pick up a special Christmas gift. 

Manchester Christmas Markets Opening Times 2012

Albert Square European Market

17th Nov - 23 Dec

10am - 9pm

Brazennose Street World Christmas Market

17 Nov - 23 Dec

10am - 7.30pm (8pm December)

King Street French Christmas Market

17  Nov - 23 Dec

10am - 7.30pm (8pm December). Bars until 9pm.

St Ann's Square German Christmas Market

17 Nov - 23 Dec (8pm December)

Bar area until 9pm

Exchange Square Christmas Market

17 Nov - 23 Dec

10am - 7.30pm (8pm December). Bars until 9pm.

New Cathedral Street Christmas Market

17 November - 23 December

10am - 7.30pm (8pm December).

Bar area open until 9pm


Go to the Manchester Christmas Guide.