Christmas Markets return to Manchester
Manchester’s world-famous Christmas Markets will soon return, celebrating 15 magical years with more attractions than ever before – promising the biggest and best markets to date.
One of the city’s most enduringly popular attractions, the Manchester Christmas Markets have been showered with praise since first taking residence as a single site event in St Ann’s Square 15 years ago.
To celebrate this record breaking milestone, the Christmas Markets have minted thousands of special Christmas Market shillings, each with a value of two pounds that can be used as a fun currency at one of the 300 market stalls, or kept as a memento of the market’s extraordinary anniversary year.
The first of its kind in the UK, the limited edition coins can be exchanged as a fun way for the family to make their festive purchases, and through a variety of prize giveaways – so keep your eyes peeled.
Being named in the top ten Christmas markets in the world, the markets today regularly attract 1.5m visitors to the Albert Square site alone – with estimates up to and above 7m visitors across the city – generating tens of millions of pounds for the local economy.
This year’s Christmas market will be brought to you by Manchester City Council is now spread over nine sites – including a one-year-only market on Corporation Street, a much expanded site on Exchange Square and the return of the ever popular weekend markets on King Street, which offer an ever-changing selection of stalls.
Traders from across Europe, from Transylvania and Lapland to Spain and France (and of course Germany), along with many local north west businesses, will fill more than 300 chalets for six weeks, all housed in beautifully crafted, traditional wooden chalets.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas Spokesperson, said: “If Manchester is the king of Christmas, then our very own Christmas Markets are they jewel in our crown. I would have the chalets up and open from September if we could. They give the city centre a perfectly festive atmosphere with a traditional, festive taste of Europe – and renowned as being the original, biggest and best.
“It’s an honour to receive the hundreds of traders from the continent, and of course from across the north west, many of whom for many years have chosen to return to Manchester for their festive trading season.
“This year we are celebrating a remarkable 15 magical years of the Christmas Markets, and to celebrate there will be a very special feature this year that will make sure this year’s market will be more exciting and memorable than ever – the limited edition, specially minted Manchester Market Shillings!”
The French Market on King Street, which has proved popular in past years with the market’s nocturnal clientele, has been given a full make-over this year – complete with new chalets and a re-designed layout that will bring a traditional Gallic feel to the city centre street.
Exchange Square will return as another market hub after its success last year with a much larger selection of stalls, taking advantage of a closed Corporation Street to expand – as well as a completely new site on Corporation Street itself, for one year only!
Returning to Exchange Square will be the beautifully crafted 16-metre high windmill crowning the ever popular bratwurst stand, as well the Christmas Vintage Lounge – a raised stage that will host a tea room, cocktail bar and microbrewery, as well as live music and live broadcasts throughout the festive season.
Close by, Exchange Street and New Cathedral Street will welcome back the coffee house and covered German beer house for a successful second year.
And of course, the tweet-happy giant Santa will take his place above Albert Square, once again hosting the European Christmas Market.
Each market boasts the finest in gift ideas, including jewellery, ceramics, handmade toys, puppets, clocks, glassware, and a market favourite – the limited edition Manchester Christmas Market coffee and Gluhwein mugs.
Food lovers will once again be agog at the range of culinary delights on offer, more than ample to satisfy even the most fervent of festive foodies, with a chance to sample traditional delights form across Europe – including Gluhwein, liqueur coffee, macaroons, pancakes and bratwursts amongst many, many others.
Manchester Christmas Markets, Friday 15 November – Sunday 22 December
European Christmas Market, Albert Square
10.00am – 9.00pm daily
Opening times and locations for all other markets
November 10.00am – 7.30pm
December 10.00am – 8.00pm
Christmas Market, Exchange Square
Christmas Market, Corporation Street **New for one year only**
Arts and Crafts Market, Exchange Street
Christmas Market, New Cathedral Street
Christmas Market, Corn Exchange
French Christmas Market, King Street with rotating weekend stalls.
German Christmas Market, St Ann’s Square
World Christmas Market, Brazennose Street
ALL BAR AND FOOD AREAS OPEN UNTIL 9.00pm
Wythenshawe FM have Manchester Market shillings for 5 lucky listeners to win (to the value of £10 each) to be in with a chance of winning just answer the following question then enter with you contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the on air presenter on 0161 499 0222
How many years is Manchester Christmas Markets celebrating?
5 lucky winners will be drawn on Thursday 14th November between 12 -2pm live on Out to lunch with Roz Johnson
Closing date 14th November 2013 at 11am