Manchester Christmas Markets

The nights are drawing in and Christmas is soon to be approaching! The Manchester Christmas Market is back and better! With delicious hot food and amazing drink stalls, this night out is not to be missed!

It’s time to feel the Christmas spirit, festive cheer and get ready for food GALORE! We say this is one of the best Christmas Markets in the UK. From local traders offering all sorts of delicious delicacies to the dazzling displays of light. It really couldn’t get any better, or could it…

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Market Location and Opening Times

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This year the Manchester Christmas Markets will take place in various locations around and city centre streets spread across Manchester City Centre. The main hub will be located at the “Winter Gardens” on Piccadilly Gardens.

The festive events will launch on Friday 10th November 2023 and will be open until Thursday 21st December 2023 from 10:00 until 21:00 every day! The retail stalls will close around 20:00 and the food stalls will close around 21:00.

Did you know that this year marks 25 years since Manchester Christmas Market first opened?! 

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Piccadilly Gardens,
Greater Manchester,
M1 1AF

Opening Times

10th November - 21st December 2023


Free to enter

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Manchester Christmas Market Stalls

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The Christmas market stalls will be spread out over the following streets: Market Street, King Street, Exchange Square, Exchange Street, The Corn Exchange, St Ann’s Square, Cathedral Gardens and New Cathedral Street!

You’ll find as you walk along the streets, that there are a whole host of delicious, scrumptious and festive food stalls to grab food from! The indulgence starts here…because there is so much food to try!

When I went to Manchester Christmas Market we tucked into Flat Baker’s buttery and flakey croissants for melted chocolate and Oreos – dipped in chocolate sauce. The croissants were so delicious – it’s a must-try! But as we wandered around we saw so many food options and culinary delights, from dumpling stalls, katsu chicken, halloumi fries and donor kebabs to carvery meat, Korean corndogs, crimble crumble, loaded fries and SO MUCH MORE! Whether you’re looking for sweet treats or hearty meals, you’ll find all sorts of delicious food here! Not to mention all the drink options! German beer, luxury oat hot chocolate, German lager and a whole host of soft drinks.

Looking for Christmas gifts, stocking fillers or just need a family day filled with family fun? You can browse the markets or craft stalls and find all sorts of weird and wonderful items! There are over 225 stalls to discover, from handmade gift sets, woollen jumpers, thoughtful keepsakes and photo frames to even a French soap stall! With a wide range of gift stalls, you can find all sorts of presents to get you into the festive spirit.

You can also jam to live music and DJs playing on the stage. Get up and have a boogie or just enjoy the Christmas spirit, under the twinkling fairy lights!

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Manchester Ice Rink

ice rink at christmas market
Experience Skate Manchester’s festive ice skating rink at Cathedral Gardens this year! They’ll be open until 2nd January 2024!

The covered ice rink will be there rain or shine and you’ll be surrounded by fairy links and a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. This year though, you’ll find a brand new ice path!!

The drink and seasonal stalls at Cathedral Gardens will include tasty treats like crepes, gourmet hotdogs and warm drinks to keep those toes all cosy!


Adult £15.50
Child £12.50

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Manchester Market Mugs 2023

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The market mugs are back! All visitors who purchase a hot chocolate will be asked to pay a £3.00 deposit. For wine or a pint of beer, it is £1.50. You can either choose to return the mug or keep it for your memories.

Manchester’s Giant Santa and Lights Trail

giant santa
Manchester’s giant Santa has returned! He will be placed outside Central Library in St Peter’s Square, ready to have some festive fun! This giant Santa is powered with LED light bulbs, making this a sparkly Christmas for everyone. Weighing 2.3 tonnes and 12- metres high, this will be the main attraction every evening.

There is also a nativity scene in St Ann’s Square, light sculptures in Piccadilly Gardens and a large Christmas tree in St. Nick in St Peter’s Square. This festive Christmas tree is made entirely from recycled materials and is reused each year.

You’ll also find a Manchester bee, giant walk-through baubles and many more festive lights twinkling in the night. Go exploring and see what you can find!

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Manchester Winter Gardens

manchester christmas markets
The fan-favourite wonderland in Piccadilly Gardens is back again – transformed into the Winter Gardens! With an array of craft and gift stalls, as well as tasty food and refreshments.

Warm up by the log fires, enjoy live entertainment and sip on festive cocktails at the family-friendly winter gardens!

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Getting to the Market

food at market
The Christmas Market is easily located in the City Centre, making it accessible to all!

The market is close to the Deansgate and Victoria train stations. There are also various car parks within walking distance, the nearest being Piccadilly Plaza and Chorlton Street.

Are you ready to have a festive Christmas this year? Whether you’re sipping a delicious hot chocolate with the family or a glass of wine while seeing Santa. We hope you will have an amazing time at the Manchester Christmas Markets!

Don’t forget to check out our other Christmas blogs for more inspiration! Want to make your own cards this year? Or perhaps you want to think about how to entertain the kids on Christmas Eve and head to a magical Christmas event near you?

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