Manchester Christmas Markets

by | Nov 24, 2017 | Manchester

The Christmas Markets in Manchester have become an iconic addition to the city at the festive time of year. Hundreds of stalls adjourn Albert Square providing a diverse array of goods to buy. You can find everything from gifts, toys, jewellery, food and beer to the more traditional mulled wine (or ‘Gluhwein’) and roasted chestnuts.

The Markets attract visitors from all over the country and are hugely popular amongst both tourists and local visitors. It’s a must visit attraction that never fails to disappoint.

A rainy Manchester evening at the Christmas market stalls

Stalls at the Manchester Christmas Markets.

The markets are centred around Albert Square with further stalls situated throughout the city centre. The markets embrace European culture highlighting the cultural diversity of the city. The German influence is apparent not least because of the famous Bratwurst sausage, a must have when visiting the markets.

A Bratwurst stall at the Manchester Christmas Markets

A Bratwurst market stall, November 2017.

Manchester began hosting Christmas market stalls in 1999 where there were just 15 stalls operating. The annual festive market has since grown to around 300 stalls and enjoys massive footfall every year.

Even though the Christmas markets as we know it have only been in operation less than 20 years, the concept of the market stall isn’t new to the city. Markets are a popular tradition dating back centuries. Manchester was one of the first cities to be given permission to hold market stalls in the 11th century. In 1872, fruit, veg and fish markets opened on the site where the Northern Quarter currently stands.

It is however, the Christmas markets that Manchester is most known for. With more visitors attending every year, the markets have became an important part of Christmas in Manchester.

Large Santa outside the town hall near the Christmas market stalls in Albert Square

Christmas market stalls in Albert Square.

The 2017 Christmas Markets opened on the 10th November. As well as the Christmas Markets, Manchester’s famous outdoor ice rink is also open for the festive period. The ice rink is situated on First Street near Deansgate and is open for 7 days a week up until December 23rd. You can enjoy skating throughout the day as well as during the evening.

There is also plenty and food, drink and entertainment available throughout the city centre.