Manchester Christmas Markets

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. If you don't believe us, check you the video below.

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. 

Locations, dates and times

Friday 14 November to Sunday 21 December 2014.

Spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are all located within roughly a quarter of a mile of each other and accessible to all.

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 are at:

Albert Square 

Brazennose Street

King Street 

St. Ann's Square

Exchange Street

New Market Street

New Cathedral Street

Exchange Square

New Cathedral Gardens

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