Every year the Christmas Markets transform the City with their charming wooden chalets. While you browse the bustling stalls, soaking up the atmosphere beneath the twinkling lights you cannot help but get wrapped in the Christmas spirit!
Albert Square – Open 10am to 9pm daily
Overlooked by the Gothic grandeur of Manchester town hall, Albert Square is chock-full of a huge array of food and drink stalls. Beer halls, hot cider and Gluhwein houses provide the ideal winter warmer, alongside the famous German swing grill serving bratwurst sausages.
The market is spilling over with sweet treats such as pancakes, hot strudel, waffles, mini-pancakes and French pastries, alongside macaroons, Brittany biscuits, gingerbread, cakes chocolates, and sweets.
One-off hand crafted decorations, jewellery, Christmas trees, bonsai trees and flowers galore. One off fashions are on sale as well as hand-crafted unusual gifts from across Europe.
Brazennose Street – 10am to 7.30pm (8pm Dec) Gluhwein & Beer House – 10am to 9pm
The location for the World Market, on Brazennose Street you will find beaded handbags, Indian jewellery and handmade leather books, knitwear, jumpers, felt goods, home-wear, and fairly traded and leather goods.
A delightful range of consumables for taking home include Dutch cheese, bread and sausages, fudge and sweets, Dutch biscuits and toffee waffles.
Together with a large undercover Gluhwein and beer house, Brazennose Street is also home to several food chalets selling, sausages, lamb and rice dishes, and pancakes.
St Ann’s Square – 10am to 7.30pm (8pm Dec)
St Ann’s Square sees the return of the original German Christmas Market from Frankfurt, where Manchester tasted its very first Glühwein! As ever, bratwürst stalls abound, the market is interspaced with stalls offering authentic wooden toys and handcrafted gifts, including decorative pottery, glassware, jewellery, crafts and unique accessories.
Exchange Street – 10am to 7.30pm (8pm in Dec) daily
Here you will find a select number of craft traders from the North West selling a mix of handcrafted jewellery, designer handbags, original photography, prints and quirky clocks.
New Cathedral Street – 10am to 7.30pm (8pm in Dec) daily
This street is the place to get your fairly traded goods, handcrafted, ethnic styles and one-off gift items.
Leather-bound books and boxes, glass and semi-precious stone, pearl and silver jewellery, African crafts, wooden and metal boxes, Moroccan artefacts, money boxes, designer glass blown ornaments, and wooden puzzles are all piled high for eager shoppers. Natural beauty products, including seaweed body lotions, will also be on offer for those who want to pamper themselves.
And if you get tired after all that shopping, there is also a Gluhwein house serving hot German food.
Exchange Square – 10am to 7.30pm (8pm in Dec) daily
In the heart of Manchester’s shopping district, Exchange Square hosts more wooden chalets offering a more traditional Olde English-style culinary blow-out, with a hog roast, mulled wine bar, and English bubbly, as well as a range of local beers.
The Triangle – Every Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday of the market. 10am to 7pm
The newest location outside the Triangle shopping centre will feature popular arts, crafts and festive gift stalls. A traditional market, these traders set up their stall each day and having no Christmas house to call home, have to brave the Manchester elements. This hardy mix of traders changes regularly so it is definitely worth a visit each week.
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