If you’re looking for some true festive cheer in Manchester, you’re in luck! Our gorgeous town turns into a winter wonderland from mid-November and one of the largest German-themed Christmas Markets (or Sehenswürdigkeiten) is right in the centre of the city. There are a total of 9 locations for the market spread across the area, with over 300 stalls selling all sorts of yuletide gifts and food. As they are spread across town we’ve put together a handy guide to the Manchester Christmas markets:
As always, Albert Square is the main hub of the markets although this year it will be a lot smaller to accommodate the building works to the Town Hall and Public Plaza. Use this as a meeting point to find friends or in case someone wanders off and gets lost.
Cathedral Gardens will once again be the centre of the family-friendly festivities with attractions like the Ice Village and a skating rink waiting to bring joy and excitement to your little ones. The atmosphere is more relaxed than the bustling Albert Square while still having plenty of stalls selling gifts, food and drink.
Throughout the year, Market Street is Manchester’s main shopping thoroughfare, ideal for picking up a few more commercial gifts while you visit the markets. The street will also be dotted with stalls selling more unique gifts. Don’t forget to admire the gorgeous Christmas lights too.
The Corn Exchange is Manchester’s oldest grade II listed building and one of our most beautiful too, especially during the festive season. The area outside the exchange is a popular spot for the Christmas Market with many stalls selling unique, handmade gifts like scarves, hats and Christmas baubles. You’ll find the best art & craft gifts here too. It can get busy as its right beside the Exchange Square tram stop, making it easily accessible to travellers.
If you’re looking for some delicious festive goodies, St Ann’s Square is the place for you this year. You’ll find a huge offering of varied and sometimes usual food and drinks from Germany, the UK and beyond. It wouldn’t be a German market without a healthy helping of glühwein, the German equivalent of mulled wine. You can also get cheeses, gingerbread, chocolate fruits, salamis and other artisanal products. There is permanent seating too, so you don’t have to eat on the move.
One of Manchester’s high-end shopping streets transforms into a winter wonderland and hosts a gorgeous French & Italian Christmas Market. Here you’ll find an array of French & Italian produce like handmade Italian cheese, panettone, cured meats, macaroons, crêpes and French saucisson.
Brazennose Street is a great place to dine and browse through the gorgeous offerings of gifts and food. It’s our World Christmas Market where you’ll find plenty of traditional foods, including goulash, schnitzel and bratwurst and some more exotic but delicious Christmas bites from around the world.
Lastly, you can’t go to the Christmas markets without staying somewhere big enough to store all of your Christmas goodies! Luckily PREMIER SUITES Manchester is perfectly located so you can explore everything the market has to offer as well as all of the usual attractions the city has to offer. Our spacious and perfectly located Manchester aparthotel also offers the best rate guarantee when you book directly with our friendly team or on our official website. Remember that festive accommodation fills up faster than usual over the Christmas season. Don’t miss out, book your stay in PREMIER SUITES today!