Manchester’s Famous Christmas Markets Could Face Cancellation Due To Coronavirus

By Laura Rogan

The annual Christmas market event is under review.

The most wonderful time of the year could face cancellation this year, as councillors consider whether it will be safe to go ahead with the 2020 Manchester Christmas Markets.

The markets are among the most popular in the UK, attracting thousands of people every single year to the city where they chow down on local grub, purchase handmade gifts and enjoy the festive atmosphere. But not only is it loved by tourists, it’s held dear to locals too – who take advantage of the festive fun on their doorstep every single year.

Due to the popularity and layout of the annual market, which takes place between November and December, it is expected that social distancing will provide extremely difficult – particularly when considering the large footfall in areas such as Albert Square and Exchange Square.


Councillors are set to make a decision on the matter by the end of August, however, a number of other Christmas events have already been cancelled ahead of the festive season – including Lincoln’s own Christmas market.