Manchester Christmas Markets

Part of our Food and Drink in Manchester and the North guide

Ian Jones, Food and Drink Editor
Manchester Christmas Markets 2021
Image courtesy of Piccadilly Gardens

Manchester Christmas Markets at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, Until 22 December 2021, free entry - Visit now

The Manchester Christmas Markets are back! Where better to experience the full Yuletide experience than these world-famous markets? This festive season marks over twenty years since the markets first came to Manchester, and after last year’s no-show, this time round excitement is at an all-time high.

Piccadilly Gardens takes pride of place this year, as the hub of all things Christmas and market-y. It features a family-friendly Winter Gardens, right in the heart of the city, transforming the gardens into a labyrinth of yuletide bars selling locally-brewed ales, food stalls, craft sellers and, for the first time, a stage featuring live music and DJs throughout the festive season.

The festivities return from Friday 12 November, and while the wider Christmas Markets close on 22 December, the Winter Gardens will stay open through to the start of 2022, with Monday 3 January serving as the final day.

A family-friendly Winter Gardens, right in the heart of the city

As ever, you’ll be able to explore hundreds of stalls in multiple locations across the city. This includes Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Market Street, St Ann’s Square and King Street.

This winter you can joyfully stumble around wooden huts with mulled wine, sip from festive mugs, scoff hot chocolates and, of course, navigate the bustling crowds all full of Christmas cheer.

And if you’re looking for Christmas gifts, here’s your one-stop-shop for everything you need – fancy cheeses, high-end spirits, jewellery, fridge magnets, cute trinkets, as well as a wealth of cured meats and gingerbread bread houses.

If you’ve been before, you’ll know the weekends are the busiest times so stick to midweek trips if you want to avoid the crowds. But more than anything, make sure you don your favourite wacky Christmas jumper. They’re a must for any self-respecting visitor to the Manchester Christmas Markets 2021.

Manchester Christmas Markets at Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester

Until 22 December 2021
Free entry

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