There’s still hope that the famous markets will take place.
Manchester Christmas Markets could take place in a much smaller capacity this year, with councillors still discussing ways to make the popular event possible. The news comes following a number of confirmed cancellations across the city – including Bonfire Night events, NYE fireworks and the annual Christmas Lights switch-on.
Speaking of the event on Twitter just yesterday, Councillor Pat Karney revealed that should the markets go ahead – they’ll look very different to previous years, with a much smaller approach similar to the Makers Markets we see in Piccadilly Gardens and the Great Northern Warehouse being considered.
Writing in a number of posts on social media, Karney said: “Breaking. Wall to Wall Christmas Markets will not take place this year. There will be no traders from abroad We are looking at Makers Markets like they had in Piccadilly and Gt. Northern Sq this weekend. No final decision has been made. Please tell the council insider.”
Adding: “Christmas Markets. A “council insider” has led people up a fake Santa path. We have looked at a small one line row of stalls in three locations similar to current Makers Markets. They have been sent to our Public Health Department to check out. No decision has been made.”
A number of popular Christmas Markets across the UK have been cancelled so far – including Leeds, Lincoln, and Birmingham – with few still under review, including Manchester and York. The large scale markets which spread across the city centre attract thousands every year, with traders from all over the world and many local businesses taking part.
And while the Markets are still under review, the return of ‘Halloween In The City‘ and the Cathedral Gardens Ice Rink have been confirmed.