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Manchester Christmas Markets
The world-famous markets - brought to you by Manchester City Council - will feature nearly 350 stalls spanning 10 distinctive market sites, transforming the city centre in to a festive wonderland.
The transformation of the city centre, in particular Metrolink's Second City Crossing through Cross Street, will reach partial completion during the opening weeks of the Christmas Market, allowing the Exchange Square, Corn Exchange and Cathedral Gardens sites to expand on last year's offering.
Exchange Square will return to full capacity with a brand new, two storey indoor beer house accompanying The Mill - a new bar area complete with huge smoking chimney as the centrepiece to the site, celebrating the industrial heritage of Manchester.
Cathedral Gardens will return as the dedicated family area in 2015, offering a traditional fun fair and entertainment, offering a more child friendly atmosphere for young visitors wishing to experience the magic of Manchester's Christmas Markets.
The success of Market Street - which was also new to the Christmas Markets only last year - will mean the site will be expanded with even more chalets offering top gift ideas after local retailers reported a boost to footfall and sales figures during the market season.
The Corn Exchange will re-emerge as a market site now development work to refurbish the Exchange building in to a major food destination has been completed.
Regularly named one of Europe's best Christmas Market attractions, nine million people visited last year.
European Christmas Market, Albert Square (Open until Tuesday, 22 December): 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, Cathedral Gardens - family zone new to 2015.
- Market Street - expanded for 2015
- Christmas Market, Exchange Square
- Christmas Market, Corn Exchange
- Arts and Crafts Market, Exchange Street
- Christmas Market, New Cathedral Street
- French Christmas Market, King Street
- German Christmas Market, St Ann's Square
- World Christmas Market, Brazennose Street
All bar and food areas open until 9:00pm.
For more information see here.
Photo credit: Mark Waugh