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Here’s Everything We Know About This Year’s Manchester Christmas Markets

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

Here’s Everything We Know About This Year’s Manchester Christmas Markets

Following its cancellation last winter, Manchester Christmas Markets 2021 are officially underway, 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.

Open at seven locations across Manchester, Mancs and visitors can enjoy the event at full scale, with tons of food traders, gift stalls and pop-up bars back for the occasion – which is open between 12th November and 22nd December.

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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.

Here’s the full food trader line-up:

  • Porky Pig’s famous Yorkshire Pudding Wraps
  • Continental Catering; giant Yorkshire puddings
  • Manke Markets UK Ltd; traditional German beers and bratwurst
  • The Dog House; German sausages
  • Star Bakery GMBH; strudels
  • The Pancake House
  • Eat Grk; Greek gyros
  • One Catering; triple-cooked loaded chips
  • Yard & Coop; buttermilk chicken
  • Porkys Of Yarm; pork rolls
  • Turks Charcoal Pit; hot roast pork sandwiches
  • Clowbecks; Cumberland sausages and bubble and squeak
  • Lakeland Picnic Ltd; burgers and sausages
  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • The Great North Pie Company
  • The Witch House; German beers and bratwurst
  • Round Food House; Bratwurst and more
  • Eat New York; salt beef bagels, burgers and more
  • Little Spain; paella, hot sangria, tapas-style street food
  • Cuisine Provencale; garlic potatoes
  • Mexico Joes Ltd; Mexican flatbreads
  • Mango Rays; burritos
  • Tikka Kebab Kitchen; curries and kebabs
  • Brook’s Mill; hot drinks
  • The Melting Pot; hot drinks
  • Well & Spruce; hot drinks
  • Le Moulin Au Chocolat; hot drinks
  • Bellapaella; cold tapas
  • Continental Cottage; German meats
  • O Sweet Home; crepes and waffles
  • G & J Catering; pick n mix
  • Elsie Mays; hot cookie dough
  • Zara Cakes Ltd
  • de Creperie; Dutch waffles, cake and more
  • Malvavisco; gourmet marshmallows
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • MM Coffee Company Ltd; chocolate kisses
  • Dorri Limited; Baklava
  • SGB Trading; loaf cakes
  • Gingerbread House Confections; gingerbread houses and handmade chocolates
  • Eat Liquorice
  • Laura’s Fudge
  • Kingdom Of Sweets
  • Pineapple Events Solutions Limited; chocolate covered fruit
  • The Cheese Board
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Artisan Farm; cheeses
  • Cherry Tree UK Ltd; cheese and marmalades
  • N & P Events Ltd; arancini, Italian biscuits
  • The Best Of Italy; Italian cheese and deli items
  • The Toast Italiano; Neapolitan doughnuts
  • Mamma Mia; traditional Italian dishes
  • Forum Foods Ltd; stonebaked pizza
  • Java Bar Espresso Ltd; panettone
  • Xmas Food & Drinks Ltd; French draft beer, French sausages
  • Bars@Yours Ltd; beers, wines and more
  • Celtic Spirit Co; Welsh spirits
  • The Manchester Winter Ale House; real ale and draft beers
  • The Salford Rum Company
  • The Mill Exchange Ltd; mulled wine and champagne cocktails
  • Bar 3; craft lagers
  • Small Batch Cocktails Ltd
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Faith & Sons; gin
  • O’Donnell Moonshine Ltd
  • Trolle Trading Limited; toffee vodka
  • Zen Experimental Ltd; flavoured rums
  • Riverside Spirits
  • Windmill; gluhwein
  • Farman & Son LTD; Caribbean rum
  • Carpe Diems Finest Ltd; alcohol-free wines
  • Garlic Grater

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.

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