Countdown begins to Manchester Christmas Markets

The UK’s original Christmas Market is set to return, bringing with it six weeks of festive feasting as it transforms Manchester City Centre for another season for all the family.

Manchester City Council led the Christmas Market boom being the first city to bring a European-style festive market to the UK in 1999, making this the 18th consecutive year!

Not only the first, but also the biggest Christmas Market in the country, Manchester’s award-winning yule tide attraction invites more than 300 traders to the city selling mouth-watering food and drink, and gifts from across the globe.

Traders from across the continent, as well as the North West, will begin selling their wares from Friday, 10 November until Wednesday, 20 December – open from 10am until 9pm daily – while the Christmas Market hub on Albert Square (with the imposing Manchester Town Hall providing the Victorian neo-gothic backdrop) will remain open until 6pm, 21 December.

Each year, millions of visitors descend on Manchester eager to absorb the festive spirit and make a dint in that Christmas shopping list.

From traditional European foods – including, of course, the obligatory Bratwurst and Gluhwein – to street food culture conquerors, there is something to satiate every taste, and provide the much needed energy to finish off the Christmas shopping.

Albert Square will be overseen, as always, by the six tonne giant Santa who will take his usual perch above the market, lit by 100,000 energy efficient LED lights.

Manchester's iconic Town Hall building is closing from 15 January 2018 until 2024 to enable a major programme of works to safeguard the Grade I-listed gem for future generations.

Visitors to the markets are being encouraged to take the opportunity to have a look around the much-loved building ahead of its temporary closure.