Manchester Christmas Markets

Discover the best Christmas markets in the UK!

Manchester Christmas Markets have been rated amongst the best in Europe and this is no surprise! They are truly wonderful and unique. If you are visiting Manchester in winter, visiting the markets are a must-do!


First of all, it is important to note that we are not talking about 1 Christmas Market but plenty of Christmas markets. They are spread all around the city. This singularity is really what makes them so great. It’s like the whole city was taken by the Christmas spirit. It’s festive, people are happy, the food is amazing, mulled wine is everywhere… what else can we ask!


Here is everything you need to know about Manchester Christmas Markets.

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When are the Christmas markets in Manchester?


Manchester Christmas markets run from the 7th of November 2020 to the 22nd of December 2020. They are open every day from 10 am to 9 pm.


Where are Manchester Christmas Markets located?


Albert Square Manchester Christmas markets with big Santa


All over the city centre! There are 9 markets located on:

  • Albert Square

  • Cathedral Gardens

  • Market Street

  • Exchange Square

  • Corn Exchange

  • Exchange Street

  • New Cathedral Street

  • King Street

  • St. Ann’s Square

  • Brazennose Street


How do I get there?


The best way to get to Manchester Christmas Markets is to take the train or the tram.


You can take a train to Manchester Piccadilly and walk towards the markets. You will find one within 5 minutes. If you want to go to the main market by the town hall, it will take about 10-15 mins walk.

You can also take a train to Manchester Victoria. Albert Square market is about 10 min walk from there.


If you are taking the tram, the best stop to get off would be St Peter’s square. From there it’s only a 3 min walk to the town Hall.


Driving can be an option too, however, it can be pretty hard to park in Manchester City Centre, especially at this time of the year. If it is, however, the way you chose, I’d recommend parking near Victoria, in Green Quarter or Ancoats. You will be able to find more parking spots and for a very good price (About £5 for the day on weekends). Alternatively, you can park at a free “Park and Ride” carpark by a tram stop and take a tram to the centre.


How much does it cost?


Manchester Christmas markets are free to enter. Once you are inside, you will find plenty of crafty stands, food, bars and of course a german village.

To give you an idea, you can get a very nice meal for between £5 and £10. Mulled wine is about £4 (plus £1 for the mug, that you can keep or bring back to get your money back).

If you are looking for a nice way to start your evening, the Christmas Markets are a great option. You will get amazing food and drinks for a very affordable price.


What if it rains or it’s too cold?


There is a solution to that as well! While most of the markets are obviously outside, you can find some indoor bars and food court.

Therefore, if it rains, go to the main market by the town hall, the german village offers a lot of indoor space with tables and bars. You can get to enjoy your meal and your drink in a warm place!


Is there anything to know or do beforehand?


Yes, there is! Take cash!

Most stands accept bank cards but not all of them. You will most likely bump into one that won’t take it. There aren’t any ATM in the markets, which means you will have to start walking to find one. Once you finally do, the queue will put you off. My advice would be to just withdraw money before getting too close to the markets. That way you save yourself time and hassle.

There are some quick security checks at the entrance of some markets. Nothing too thorough so don’t worry you can still walk in with a bottle of water, they are just checking there aren’t any weapons getting in. Fair enough!


What should I try?


This is a great question! The markets are full of good stuff! Here are some of my favourite things to eat and drink at Manchester Christmas Markets:

  • Mulled Wine

  • Hot Chocolate with marshmallows

  • Fondue

  • Tartiflette

  • Pulled pork bap with apple sauce

  • Mini dutch waffles

  • Sicilian desserts

  • French cheese

  • Coconut meringue snowballs


dutch mini pancakes at Manchester Christmas markets



Why should I go to Manchester Christmas Markets?


Because they are magical! They really bring the true magic of Christmas together. The way they are set up is very unique. Completely different from what you can see anywhere else.

If you go to Winter Wonderland in London for example, it’s great but it’s one massive and busy Christmas market located in Hyde Park. Once you are in, you really have a lot to deal with, once you are out there is nothing Christmassy anymore.

In Manchester, they are all over the place. They aren’t overwhelming. You get the perfect dose of magic, everywhere!

They are great for plenty of reasons. Whether you want to find some unique Christmas gift, unusual foreign food or just have a drink with friends. It’s cosy and heart-warming. People are happy.

They bring the Christmas spirit to our heart!

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