Armed police to patrol this year's Christmas Markets

Manchester's Christmas Markets will receive armed police protection this year for the first time in its history. The heightened security measures also include new barriers being erected in key gateways to the market and across the city centre.

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

Now the biggest Christmas Market in the country, Manchester’s 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. The extra security measures and increased police presence are intended to reassure shoppers and help them on their way to a merry christmas.