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The top five things to do at Manchester Christmas Markets

01:00 15 November 2015

Photo by Mark Waugh

Photo by Mark Waugh

The Manchester Christmas Markets will feature nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites

1. Exchange Square will return to full capacity with a brand new, two storey indoor beer house accompanying The Mill – a new bar area complete with huge smoking chimney as the centrepiece to the site, celebrating the industrial heritage of Manchester.

2. Cathedral Gardens, one of the major additions to the Christmas Markets in 2014, will return as the dedicated family area in 2015, offering a traditional fun fair and entertainment, offering a more child friendly atmosphere for young visitors wishing to experience the magic of Manchester’s Christmas Markets. 

3. Visit one of the Bavarian beer houses and try some of the Christmas themed spirits and cocktails, beers and mulled wines. Make sure you pick up a limited edition Manchester Christmas Market coffee or Gluhwein mugs as a souvenir.

4. Arts and Crafts Market in Exchange Street boasts the finest in gift ideas, including jewellery, ceramics, handmade toys, puppets, clocks and glassware. You're sure to pick a lovely gift here if you're stuck for ideas.

5. What do you prefer? French crepes or German wurst? Discover the delights of our European friends with the French Christmas Market in King Street and the German Christmas Market in St Ann’s Square. 


European Christmas Market, Albert Square (Open until Tuesday, 22 December)
10.00am – 9.00pm daily

Opening times and locations for all other markets:
November 10.00am – 7.30pm
December 10.00am – 8.00pm

Bars open until 9pm on all sites 


Keep up to date with all the latest by following the Albert Square Santa on twitter at @MCRsanta or use the #MCRChristmas hashtag

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