It wouldn’t be Christmas without a festive market and this is no different when it comes to visiting Manchester. The main celebrations and stalls are located in Albert Square, but there are plenty more around the city as you follow the market trail. You will be able to sample plenty of food and drink, from the traditional German Market bratwurst to a Hungarian goulash or an old-fashioned hog roast. It’s a chance to buy those last-minute stocking fillers too, with hand crafted gifts, bespoke jewellery, toys and much more. Manchester also takes pride in the markets doing their bit for the environment.
Getting around Manchester is easy via the city’s public transport system, including the Metrolink light rail system or bus service. Manchester Airport is only 7.5 miles away from the city centre, the main train station being Manchester Piccadilly. If you are driving plan where to park ahead of your visit and you can use the Pay by Phone app to book your ticket. The Manchester European Christmas Markets are free, open all day and into the evening. If you are looking to hold a stall at the market, these can cost as little as £40 up to £4,000 although contact the council first.
Weekends and evenings will see the market at its busiest, so if you’re wanting to avoid the crowds visit during the week. It is recommended you use public transport, or travel on foot if you are nearby to keep in with the markets ethos of being environmentally friendly. With so many stalls and variation, it’s not all just in the main Albert Square, download the Market Trail map and plan your adventure. Remember Manchester starts getting cold in the build up to winter so wrap up warm and treat yourself to a glass of Gluhwein.
If you are visiting Manchester over Christmas choose from a selection of houses, Bed and Breakfasts, flats, apartments and other private rentals close to Albert Square. Wherever you choose to stay, Manchester takes pride in an extensive public transport system.
The Trafford Centre is perfect for all your Christmas Shopping, or why not visit the set of Coronation Street at Granada Studios, watch a football match at Old Trafford, home to Manchester United, or enjoy a live band from the thriving local music scene.
Find out more on the Christmas Markets via the official page on the Manchester government website. You will be able to find locations and times, details on visiting the markets, getting around the markets, busking or register on the trader database.
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