Manchester's festive celebrations transform the city, where the magic of the season is brought alive and where your Christmas checklist can be ticked off all in one place.
From the award-winning Christmas markets, to some of the best shopping in the UK - topped off with fantastic eating culture and nightlife - Manchester will bring you back again and again.
With more than 300 stalls across ten market sites, Manchester's Christmas Markets are the UK's original, biggest and best - the only market in the country voted as one of Europe's best. Boasting a huge array of food, drink and gift ideas, the markets are a Christmas dream come true.
The family-friendly area in Cathedral Gardens promises fun for all ages with a variety of attractions including an ice rink, carousel, helter skelter, Santa sleigh ride and a train ride, and is within walking distance of the Arndale's Grotto for a truly magical Christmas experience.
In fact, the joy of the city centre is its size, with all tastes and budgets catered for, and it's only a short walk between a fantastic array of attractions.
Shopping until you drop can be a beautiful reality: from the glamour of Spinningfields to the indie-chic of the Northern Quarter, Manchester is one of the UK's top shopping destinations. Keeping well fed throughout is also a delight, with an exciting restaurant, café and bar scene.
Why not extend your stay and check out Manchester's nightlife, treat yourself to an overnight stay in one of the city's hotels, or take your seat at one of the award-winning theatres.
Christmas comes only once a year. Make it special. Make it Manchester.