Manchester’s Christmas Market 2015

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Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets returns this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.

With more than 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all.

Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys. European and local producers offer everything from fine amber jewellery, handcrafted leather bags and top-quality bonsai trees, to handmade Belgian kitchenware, framed photo prints and French soaps.

And when planning your visit, don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink! Manchester’s Christmas Markets are famous for traditional bratwurst, but you can also treat yourself to Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old-fashioned hog roast.

Plenty of vegetarian options will be on offer, and for those with a sweet tooth the choices are even more mouth-watering!

Make a date in your diary to come along, enjoy yourself, and help us make Christmas 2015 the best year ever!


Locations, dates and times are as follows…

The 2015 Christmas markets will be open between Saturday 14 November and Monday 21 December.

Spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are all located within roughly a quarter of a mile of each other and accessible to all.

Albert Square is open 10am to 9pm daily.

Other sites: 10am to 7.30pm (8pm in December).

Bars open until 9pm on all sites.

The markets can be found at the following locations:

  • Albert Square
  • Brazennose Street
  • King Street
  • St. Ann’s Square
  • Exchange Street
  • Market Street
  • New Cathedral Street
  • Exchange Square
  • Corn Exchange
  • Cathedral Gardens

Top tips for visiting our Christmas Markets

Take a look at our top tips to get the best out of the Christmas markets.

No dogs allowed at Albert Square

Sorry pooch, but Albert Square’s market area has a strict “no dogs” policy, with the exception of assistance dogs. We love our canine friends but the enclosed space is just too busy and crowded, which isn’t a very suitable environment for dogs.

You can bring your dog to our other markets though, as they’re not fenced areas, but it’s probably best to leave them at home while you visit the Christmas Markets.

Dogs are also not allowed in any of the bars at any of the market sites.

Avoid the hustle and bustle

The Christmas Markets are one of the most popular destinations in the city during the festive season, so it’s no surprise they get busy and bustling, especially on weekends and mealtimes.

To avoid the big crowds:

  • visit on weekdays which are always quieter;
  • check all sites (download your copy of the market’s trail map) as some areas are busier than others.

If you prefer a more relaxed experience with plenty of time for browsing weekday evenings and mornings are a great time to visit.


With an increase in people shopping at this time of the year, the roads and car parks can be busy. Travel by public transport where possible or select a designated driver out of your mates so you can treat yourself to a Gluhwein or fine ale at one of the many bars along the market trail.

Learn more about the mug and glass deposit scheme we operate at the Christmas Markets.

Wrap up warm

All of our Christmas markets are outdoors, so please make sure that you dress suitably for spending time in the open air. You’ll need warm clothing – wearing a few layers is best. Also, remember that our Albert Square market site is cobbled, and probably not the best place for high heels.


If you’re planning a long trip to the markets, you’ll need to know where the essential facilities are.

The public toilets adjacent to Albert Square are now situated on Lloyd Street, in the ground floor of the Town Hall Extension (just opposite the side entrance to the Town Hall) and have facilities for disabled users.

For other locations, some city centre businesses have linked up with CityCo, to provide “CityLoos” for visitors, whether they’re shoppers or you can view a map of public toilets.

So make sure you go along this year and enjoy what is set to be one of the best Christmas Markets the UK has to offer!

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