During the first two weeks of the 2017 Manchester Christmas markets, nearly 80,000 mugs were sold (45,610 coffee mugs and 33,000 Gluhwein mugs)! With more than 9 million people visiting over the 6 week period, 2018 looks set to be another record breaking year.
Manchester Christmas Markets officially open on Friday 9th November through to Saturday 22nd December with the city’s Christmas lights switch-on takes place on Saturday November 3rd.
Launched in 1999 as just a single site in St Ann’s Square, the markets now sprawl across the city and attract millions of visitors each year. This will be the last year that the markets main hub will be hosted in Albert Square due to the refurbishment of the plaza and Town Hall.
New for this year’s Christmas Markets is a magical Ice Village in Cathedral Gardens. The highlight will be a walk- through Ice Cavern experience filled with intricate ice sculptures including a steam train, mischievous elves, enchanted toys and Arctic animals – all set against the backdrop of a frozen toy factory.
There’ll also be sculptures telling the story of Manchester, including a female train driver with a ‘Votes For Women’ badge as a nod to suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, as well as other legendary Mancunian symbols like football, music and Manchester’s worker bee emblem.
There’ll also be an ice skating rink, a Santa’s Grotto and the Polar Bar, where visitors can warm up with a mulled wine or hot chocolate.
For all the crucial information about the Christmas markets including opening times, market map, and travel plans please visit the Manchester Evening News here >>