Christmas isn’t cancelled after all.
Following its cancellation last winter, councillors have revealed that the Manchester Christmas Markets 2021 are officially set to go ahead, returning with its hundreds of stalls across the city. But as the town hall continues to undergo renovations, the market has needed to seek a brand new home – which it’s now found in Piccadilly Gardens.
Coming to seven locations across Manchester, Mancs and visitors will be able to enjoy the event at full scale, with tons of food traders, gift stalls and pop-up bars set to return for the occasion – which is currently earmarked to take place between 12th November and 22nd December.
In addition to the usual festivities, Mancs will also be able to enjoy Piccadilly Gardens new ‘Winter Garden’, which will be open right up until 2022, with a live music stage featuring DJs and bands, alongside yuletide bars and the usual foodie traders. The new Piccadilly Gardens hub will also boast plenty of marquee-covered seating, with tons of festive decoration surrounding.
Councillor Pat Karney revealed back in September: “We only decided yesterday, we had to put them through every Public Health test and that’s the whole approach to Christmas this year, making it safe for traders and the public. We have learnt from the experience of markets over the summer – there will be entrances and exits, strong crowd controls.
“We’re delighted we can go ahead with this. Tens of thousands of jobs for people depend on Christmas trade. We’ve all been in lockdown mode for so long and we all ache to get together with friends and family so we’re doing everything possible to keep people safe and we’re keeping it under review.
“So it’s green lights for Manchester markets. Christmas is not cancelled, it’s my favourite time of the year and I am the Christmas spokesperson on the council, the only one in the country, so Christmas is definitely going ahead.”
The beloved market was cancelled last Autumn as a result of the pandemic, with the council hosting a small event for locals to enjoy as an alternative. The annual event attracts thousands every single year, marking the main event in the city’s annual calendar.
When’s it on?
Manchester Christmas Markets will take place between 12th November and 22nd December. The Piccadilly Gardens Winter Garden will open until 3rd January.
Who will be there?
Fans can expect a number of favourites returning, including:
- Porky Pig’s famous Yorkshire Pudding Wraps
- Bavarian sausages
- Dutch pancakes
- Greek Gryos
- Hot cookie dough
- Yard & Coop
- Dutch Frites
Where will it take place?
The main hub will be at Piccadilly Gardens this year, however, you’ll find stalls across the city at locations such as:
- Piccadilly Gardens
- St Ann’s Square
- Exchange Square
- New Cathedral Street
- King Street
- Market Street
- Cathedral Gardens
Will there be any COVID restrictions in place?
Yes. The markets will operate a one-way system this year, alongside separate entrances and exits to encourage social distancing. There will also be caps on the number of people allowed in specific areas at one time.