Six years ago, we technically moved from Manchester to Cheshire. However, I’m still a Manc girl at heart, and for our family, Manchester will always be home. As a result, we often frequent the city during evenings and weekends, and there’s no more special a time to visit than during the Manchester Christmas Market. Manchester Christmas Market 2023 is sure to be an event worth a visit, and if, like me, you can’t wait, I’ve put all you need to know below.
At the time of writing this post, all information regarding Manchester Christmas Market 2023 is up to date and correct to the best of my knowledge. Events can and do change, so it’s best to double-check any details with event organisers before you make a journey.
When Is The Manchester Christmas Market 2023
This year, the Manchester Christmas Market 2023 will be held from the 10th of November to the 21st of December. The very first Manchester Christmas Market was held back in 1998, making it 25 Christmas’ of festive fun in the city!
What To Expect
With more than 225 stalls scattered across nine different locations in the beautiful Manchester city centre, this year’s Christmas markets are poised to feature the distinctive ski chalet-style market stalls dominating Piccadilly Gardens. The transformation of these spaces, including Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange, and King Street, is set to evoke the enchanting atmosphere of Winter Gardens once again.
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Manchester Christmas Market 2022 saw the very first ‘Manchester Christmas Parade.’ This year, the parade is back and promises to be bigger and better, taking place on Sunday, the 3rd of December. It’s an event not to be missed.
Don’t forget the Manchester Christmas lights trail featuring giant walk-through baubles, the iconic Manchester bee, and the jolly red-suited man himself! Perfect for those festive family photos or Instagram selfies!
Of course, there is plenty of shopping to be had, with an extensive range of stalls selling gifts, decorations, crafts and, of course, all of the Christmas market food you can handle! If it all gets too much, you can take a break and enjoy a festive tipple whilst you soak up the sights.
Answers To Some Questions You May Have
Do You Need Tickets to Attend The Manchester Christmas Market 2023? Manchester Christmas Market 2023 is free to visit, and you do not need to book in advance or have tickets. Just turn up and enjoy.
The city centre can be busy at the best of times, but it is especially busy during the Christmas Market. An alternative to driving into the city centre would be to use one of the many Park and Ride locations available across Greater Manchester.
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Can I Use Public Transport?
The Manchester Christmas Markets are very close to Piccadilly Gardens bus station, and several Metrolink tram stops. Manchester city centre also has good train links if you are travelling from further afield and the market is an easy walk from the train stations.
Is There A Map? Yes, the Manchester Christmas Market 2023 map has been created here.
Where Is The nearest Hotel? There are a number of different hotels and accommodation options available with easy access to the Manchester Christmas Market. Rooms do fill up fast, so it is best to check availability on a website like booking.com.
What Are The Opening Times? All gift and craft stalls across each Christmas market location open at 10 am and close at 8 pm every day during the market’s stay, Monday to Sunday.
Food and drink stalls across all the Christmas market open at 11 am and close at 9 pm every day throughout the duration, Monday to Sunday.
After Remembrance Sunday, Father Christmas will be in St Peter’s Square.
The Ice Rink in Cathedral Gardens will be open for skating from the 2nd of November – to the 2nd of January.
The food and drink stalls at Cathedral Gardens will continue to trade until the 31st of December.
For anyone who hasn’t visited the Manchester Christmas Market before, it’s worth noting that the market is outside and uncovered. Dress appropriately for the weather with suitable footwear for walking. The market is spread across the city centre, and it does involve some walking.
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Manchester Christmas Market Memories
When we first moved to Manchester many years ago, the Christmas Market was one of the first things we did. It was such a magical experience that really got us into the Christmas spirit. We have attended every Manchester Christmas Market since then, inviting family and friends from afar to enjoy the experience with us. It’s now a festive activity that we all look forward to as a family, and I know Manchester Christmas Market 2023 will be no different. If you are looking to attend the market I do hope you enjoy the experience and leave feeling festive and in the Christmas spirit.
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