Manchester officially the best Christmas Market in the UK – and one of the best in Europe

  • Manchester Market takes a spot on top 15 festive markets in Europe

A Christmas miracle of giant Santa proportions has come true as Manchester takes a coveted spot in the top 15 festive markets across the continent. 

Placed at 13, Manchester beat off strong competition from a long list of 100 Christmas Markets, eventually being placed higher than stalwart Christmas destinations such as Dresden, Leipzig and Cologne. 

Manchester is representing the British Isles as the only UK city to be nominated in the final 20 festive attractions by influential travel website, European Best Destinations. 

Photo credit Mark Waugh
Photo credit Mark Waugh

The final positions were chosen by a European-wide vote by more than 200,000 people from 131 countries. 

Here’s what people are saying about this year’s Christmas Markets:

“Amazing place to try food from around the world. Great place to meet new people. Good German beer and traditional wurst. Bustling place but still not too crowded. Earlier in the day is good for kids in a pram too”

“In town from the US for a Manchester United game and had a great time. The food was great, the drinks even better and a great atmosphere for all. Great place to shop with a lot of options. Loved the way it spread out from the centre into different neighbourhoods and connected visitors with conventional shopping”

“The best one I’ve been to in years. Great variety of stalls selling trinkets, gifts, handbags, purses, numerous food stalls, both takeaway and cookies, cheeses etc. Set aside a few hours to see everything. Great!”

“Coming from Germany I’m used to very traditional markets. The Manchester Christmas market is very international with standards from various countries such as Germany, France and even Turkey! Well worth a visit.”


Photo credit Mark Waugh

Councillor Pat Karney said: “Although it often goes without saying that Manchester has the best Christmas Market in the UK, it never hurts to be told. We have fought off competition from some of the most popular Christmas cities in the world and our reign as the UK’s capital of Christmas continues.