Manchester’s Christmas tree has arrived

  • The Manchester Christmas Tree finds new home at Festive Cathedral Gardens
  • The Christmas Tree has moved from former location on Albert Square
  • The Tree's lights switch on will be tomorrow at 6:15

Manchester’s Christmas tree has finally arrived! The 40ft giant tree, which was grown sustainably, has landed in its new location at the Festive Cathedral Gardens. 

The magnificent tree will have it lights switched on tomorrow, Tuesday 6 December, at 6.15pm by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Carl Austin-Behan.

The new location, on Victoria Street, by the West End of the Cathedral, will allow young people and families enjoy the festive fir close to the Cathedral, away from the hectic clamour of Albert Square, where the tree has been positioned for a number of years.

The tree is the final piece of the Festive Cathedral Gardens attraction that provides a family-friendly area of the Christmas Markets for younger visitors to enjoy away from the crowds of the other market sites.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “Our festive tree is the cherry on our festive cake.

"The new location will let it shine across Festive Cathedral Gardens and young visitors will love the decorations. Another perfect reason to get out and enjoy Manchester Christmas Markets.

The Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers Govender, said: “I am very pleased that the city has relocated its Christmas tree so close to the Cathedral on the west end. It will be a wonderful addition to the festive spirit on this north end of the city."

Festive Cathedral Gardens includes an ice rink, a Manchester Christmas Markets first, along with a traditional fair ground that includes Helter Skelter, big wheel, carousel and tea cup ride.

There is also a range of refreshments available from hand-crafted Windmill House including cookies, waffles, bratwurst, hot chocolate and of course mulled wine for the grown-ups.