With over three hundred stalls and a truly international feel, the Christmas markets have an irresistible draw for countless visitors planning winter mini breaks in Manchester. Taking place over a wide area and open conveniently late as the evenings draw in, this hive of activity, just a short walk from our doors at the Pendulum Hotel, is a shopper’s paradise.
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Indeed, with so many unique traders offering food, drink, crafts and so much more, it’s hardly surprising that these markets are a mainstay of Christmas shopping in Manchester. This year is no different as the city welcomes a treasure trove of stallholders, from local artisans to those from every corner of Europe. Indeed, you would have to go a long way to find a bigger or better selection of stalls and goods anywhere in the EU,
Manchester Christmas Market opening times and sites
Dates: Saturday 14 November and Monday 21 December
The Main Event: The biggest market site in the city is undoubtedly Albert Square (M2 4JW), which is where you’ll find a huge concentration of stalls of all kinds, but especially good for street food and drink. Open from 10:00-21:00 daily, this is also ideal for a late bite to eat or last minute purchase!
Other Sites: are dotted all around the city centre, within handy walking distance, including all of the following: Brazennose Street, King Street, St. Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, Market Street, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Square, Corn Exchange, Cathedral Gardens.
All of these sites are open from 10:00-19:30, or till 20:00 in December.
Market Highlights & Shopping Tips
Fancy authentic Spanish paella, German bratwurst or Belgian waffles? Then you are in the right place. It is almost impossible to walk straight through the Festive Markets in Manchester with an empty belly! Those with a taste for continental food to take home or give to friends will also be impressed by the variety, whether you want to find a fine Chorizo sausage or a cracking Lancashire black pudding.
Tip: Although it’s tempting to buy the first treat that catches your eyes or nose, do have a good look around first because there may well be things you have never tried before. Groups and couples can also share dishes, enabling them to try several food types in one visit.