Manchester’s Christmas markets will be open from this Friday

Wooden huts have appeared across the city center over the past few weeks, heralding the arrival of Manchester Christmas Markets.

Both residents and visitors will celebrate the return of the city’s favorite festive event.

This year, the market runs from Friday 12 November to Wednesday 22 December, so there is plenty of time to drink mulled wine, eat some delicious things and do Christmas shopping.

As the town hall undergoes extensive renovations, the market’s central hub will move to Piccadilly Gardens, which will be transformed into ‘Winter Gardens’, which will be open until 3 January.

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The conservatory will feature the usual bars, food stalls and craft stalls as well as a stage with live music and DJs performing throughout the festive season.

For those who want to burn a pickle pie off or also, head to the Skate Manchester ice rink at Cathedral Gardens, which opened earlier this month.

Popular food stalls are returning to the markets this year

Market stalls will be scattered throughout the city and you will find them at the following locations: Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Market Street.

Popular stalls returning this year, including Pork Pig’s Yorkshire Pudding wraps and The Witchouse on New Cathedral Street will serve steins and currywurst.

Go to King Street for French-inspired stalls and a gin bar with over 100 varieties on offer.

Manchester Christmas Markets festive mug design
Manchester Christmas Markets festive mug design for the 2021 festivities

Of course, visitors will want to have their fingers in the iconic Manchester Christmas Markets mugs, and this year they will be a little different.

For the first time, they will not have a date with them as they were originally designed for the markets in 2020, which never happened.

You pay a deposit of 3 GBP when ordering a hot drink, or 1.50 GBP for beer and wine glasses, which will then be given back to you if you return your mug.

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