One of the most anticipated things at Manchester’s world-famous Christmas Markets can now be revealed – the mugs!

Each year a brand new design is unveiled that visitors to the Markets can take home as a keepsake of their visit.

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This year the limited edition mugs are interactive, allowing visitors to raise their Gluhwein as readily available mistletoe – cue festive smooching – and the coffee edition transforms the drinker into Rudolph, providing your very own red nose.

The Christmas Market mugs cost £3 each or can be returned to the stall and the price with be fully refunded as a deposit.

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Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We have already been inundated with people asking about the mugs. As soon as the market open we’ll have queues around the block.  We know how much visitors to the city love the designs each year and there’s some devotees who have a collection going back years – and this year’s designs are a real Christmas cracker.”

Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Our mugs have become a real collector’s item. More than 100,000 mugs are made each year and every year they are all snapped up by visitors to the market. Grab yours early to make sure you get one before we run out.”

To find out more about this year's Christmas Markets, head HERE!