Manchester Christmas markets this year will be ‘bigger and better’ council promises

  • Manchester City market Christmas preparation
  • countdown of events happening and gifts will be available.
  • Manchester business improvement district has made partnership to make the city looks twinkly and sparkly best for the preparation for Christmas

Manchester’s first Christmas market took place exactly 25 years ago in 1998 – and the council says this year’s market will be ‘bigger and better than never’.

This year’s Christmas markets will have 225 stalls across nine sites throughout the city centre.

There will be ski chalet market stalls, Piccadilly Gardens will be transformed into ‘winter gardens’ and there will be features along Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange and King Street.

Bigger and better

The Manchester Christmas parade will take place on Sunday, 3 December and is expected to attract hundreds of families to the city centre streets. There will be a family friendly entertainment pop-ups designed to bring a smile to everyone’s faces.

The Manchester Christmas lights trail will be back and there will be illuminations in the city centre throughout the festive season with giant walk-through baubles, a Manchester bee, and Santa Claus himself from his perch on high in front of Central Library in St Peter’s Square.


Skate Manchester’s covered ice rink takes up position in Cathedral Gardens where skaters can spin and twirl around a Christmas trees and engage with the Christmas songs.

In St Ann’s Square and Exchange Street, people will be able to try authentic paella, bratwurst, or salt and pepper chicken, while Market Street will have more than 40 stalls full of gift ideas. 

New Cathedral Street will feature craft gifts including handmade candles, ceramics, local spirits.The Corn Exchange will also make their unique gifts available for crafters.