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Manchester Christmas Markets 2021: Opening and closing times and which traders are there

Everything you need to know…

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The Manchester Christmas Markets 2021 kicked off this morning, with people flocking to the city centre to check out this year’s offerings.

Things are going to be little different for 2021: while the heart of the markets is usually centered around Albert Square, ongoing renovations to the Town Hall have forced them to move to Piccadilly Gardens.

The area has been transformed into the ‘Winter Gardens’, with all the usual yuletide bars, market stalls and food huts still at familiar locations such as St. Ann’s Square, Exchange Square and King Street.

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What dates are this year’s Christmas Markets on?

The markets opened today, Friday November 12th, and most stalls will close on December 22nd – however, there are extended opening hours at both the Winter Gardens and at Cathedral Gardens.

The main Piccadilly Gardens Winter Garden hub will be open until Sunday January 2nd – as will the Cathedral Gardens markets and ice skating rink.

When do Manchester Christmas Markets open and close?

Generally speaking, food and drink stalls will be open from 10am-9pm every day with retail stalls closing at 8pm.

Below are the opening hours for the Christmas Markets that are staying open beyond December 22nd.

The Winter Gardens festive hours:

  • Christmas Eve: 10am-5pm
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED
  • Boxing Day: 10am-5pm
  • December 27th: 10am-7.30pm (Bank Holiday)
  • December 28th: 10am-7.30pm (Bank Holiday)
  • December 29th: 10am-7.30pm
  • December 30th: 10am-7.30pm
  • December 31st: 10am-5pm
  • January 1st: 10am-5pm (Bank Holiday)
  • January 2nd: 10am-5pm

Cathedral Gardens festive hours:

  • Christmas Eve: 10am-5pm
  • Christmas Day: CLOSED
  • Boxing Day: 10am-5pm
  • December 27th: 10am-7.30pm (Bank Holiday)
  • December 28th: 10am-7.30pm (Bank Holiday)
  • December 29th: 10am-7.30pm
  • December 30th: 10am-7.30pm
  • December 31st: 10am-5pm
  • January 1st: 10am-5pm (Bank Holiday)
  • January 2nd: 10am-5pm

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Which traders will be there and which area will they be in?

Piccadilly Gardens:

  • Little Spain
  • Mexico Joes Ltd
  • Bars&Yours Ltd
  • One Catering
  • Porkys of Yarm
  • Clowbecks
  • The Pancake House
  • Brook’s Mill / Hollies
  • The Manchester Winter Ale House
  • Elsie Mays
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Silver Flowers
  • G&J Catering
  • de Creperie 
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • MM Coffee Company Ltd

St. Ann’s Square:

  • Star Bakery GMBH 
  • The Pancake House
  • Yard & Coop
  • Manke Markets UK Ltd
  • Gingerbread House Confections 
  • Pure Indulgence
  • Johnsons Crafts
  • Metal Art Productions
  • Winbridge
  • Drydock Driftwood
  • Manc & Proud
  • The Cheese Board
  • Continental Cottage
  • Bellapaella
  • Amber Jewellery
  • Wraptious
  • Eat Liquorice

King Street:

  • O Sweet Home
  • N & P Events Ltd
  • Cuisine Provencale
  • Xmas Food & Drinks Ltd
  • Eat Grk 
  • Le Moulin Au Chocolat
  • Urban Colours
  • Terrasa Ltd
  • The Salford Rum Company
  • Charles Taylor Trading
  • N & P Events Ltd
  • Dorri Limited
  • Small Batch Cocktails Ltd
  • Soaps of Provence Limited
  • M Crafts
  • Malvavisco
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Best Of Italy
  • Frank’s Jewels
  • Cherry Tree UK Ltd
  • The Toast Italiano

Exchange Street:

  • The Great North Pie Company
  • Birchwood Leather
  • Earth, Rock & Stone
  • MCR Wall Art
  • Angel Belle Jewellery
  • Dontbitchstitch
  • Trolle Trading Limited
  • Lakeland Picnic Ltd
  • Mamma Mia

New Cathedral Street:

  • Eat New York
  • Mango Rays (MCR) LTD
  • Bar 3 
  • The Witch House
  • Zen Experimental Ltd
  • SGB Trading
  • Mantra
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Birchwood Leather
  • The Little Gift Hut
  • Eat Liquorice
  • Celtic Spirit Co
  • Unikalus Vaizdas
  • Mouse And Moon 
  • Artesania 
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Laura’s Fudge
  • Mayflower Apiaries
  • Java Bar Espresso Ltd
  • The Buddha Beauty Company
  • Lanx Group Ltd

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Exchange Square:

  • The Mill Exchange Ltd
  • Tikka Kebab Kitchen
  • Forum Foods Ltd 
  • de Creperie
  • Turks Charcoal Pit
  • Round Food House
  • Elsie Mays
  • Gingerbread House Confections
  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Wall Art Collective Ltd
  • Zakad d.o.o.
  • Crios Gifts 
  • Zara Cakes Ltd
  • Faith & Sons 
  • De Luciano
  • Priya Trading
  • The Cheese Board
  • Artisan Farm
  • The Festive House
  • Terrasa Ltd
  • Pineapple Events Solutions Limited
  • Pure Indulgence
  • Riverside Spirits
  • Dorri Limited
  • Mosaic 
  • Grey Thread 
  • Sasha Ray Photography
  • From The Olive Tree

Market Street:

  • Garlic Grater
  • Popsters
  • Ken The Hat Man
  • Baby Leon
  • Amazonas Jewellery
  • Exglo UK
  • Carpe Diems Finest Ltd
  • Kingdom Of Sweets
  • Edges Arms
  • Personalised Gifts
  • Xtravertz
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • Mandalay Accessories Ltd
  • Crios Gifts
  • VietnamUKConnect Ltd
  • Tiger Mountain
  • O’Donnell Moonshine Ltd
  • Silver Flowers 
  • Pretty Little Princess
  • Amazonas Gifts 
  • M & C Crafts
  • Vybrid
  • The Melting Pot

Cathedral Gardens:

  • Continental Catering
  • de Creperie
  • Well & Spruce
  • Windmill 
  • The Dog House
  • Agathas Farm
  • Farman & Son LTD
  • The Great British Cheese Company 
  • Sorelle
  • The Closet Boutique

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Blackpool’s festival village is returning to the seafront for Christmas 2023

Attractions include food and drink markets and a 100 ft-long snow slide

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A spectacular Christmas village is returning this winter in Blackpool for fun and festivities in the run up to the big day.

Christmas by the Sea is back for its third year and promises to be an absolute cracker filled with all sorts of fantastic activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.

Situated on the headland just across the way from Blackpool Tower, the free-to-attend Christmas festival village will include a free ice rink, light installations, Bavarian-style food and drink markets, artificial snow falls, Christmas trees and Christmas tram rides.

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There will also be a variety of children’s attractions including the return of the Star Flyer, which at 196 ft tall, is one of Europe’s tallest swing rides, exciting new fairground rides and a 100 ft-long snow slide.

Open every day from 12pm -9pm, the village will run from November 17th, 2023, until January 1st, 2024. Last year’s event delivered the highest visitor numbers ever recorded on the seafront during the winter months.

The staging of the village is in association with the Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID), Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Triangle Attractions.

Announcing the exciting news, Blackpool Council said: “We can’t wait for Christmas By The Sea to kick off and hope everyone enjoys all the free family activities on offer!”

Cllr Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, added: “Christmas By The Sea has established itself as one of the most popular events in our calendar, attracting visitors from far and wide who come to enjoy a unique Christmas experience.

“Many of the attractions including the rink, projection shows, snowfalls and light installations will again be free to access, giving families the opportunity to enjoy a magical and memorable Christmas. “

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“This year, we will be extending the opening hours for the rink giving even more residents and visitors a chance to skate in what is a wonderful seafront setting,” she added.

For further details about Christmas by the Sea, you can head to the VisitBlackpool website by clicking HERE

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Take That are coming to Co-op Live as part of huge UK tour

‘Today this could be, the greatest day of our lives…’

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Co-op Live has announced Take That will be returning to Manchester next year to perform at the new £365 million music-first arena in its opening season.

It’s finally here; the much anticipated news their fans have been waiting for after the band released a huge hint yesterday showing an image of their double-T logo projected onto the new area, due to open in April 2024.

Take That’s iconic logo also appeared on a number of other music venues, arenas and stadiums across the UK, ahead of today’s announcement, driving music fans absolutely wild. The boyband, known for their hits including ‘Back for Good’, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ and ‘Greatest Day’ dropped the news that they will being touring the UK and Ireland in 2024.

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The band, who formed in Manchester in the ’90s, will be performing live for not one, but four huge nights at Co-op Live, on May 7th, 8th, 10th and 11th.

The city will see the group welcome more than 80,000 fans to the huge arena as Mancunian bandmates Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen deliver an unforgettable performance of all your favourite Take That hits, old and new. 

The trio will be joined on tour by pop star Olly Murs.

The news follows the release of their new single ‘Windows’ today (September 22nd), which is the first track of their album ‘This Life’ coming on November 24th.

Co-op members will gain first-in-line access to tickets through a designated presale from 09.30 am, on September 27th, 2023. To become a member and enjoy access to pre-sale tickets, click HERE.

General sale tickets will be available through Co-op Live from 09.30 am on September 29th.

Download the Co-op Live app to become a member and receive exclusive benefits now.

Updates with further announcements will follow in the coming weeks about the biggest and most exciting arena opening season in recent memory.

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UK’s largest heated outdoor winter market returns to Manchester this Christmas

All the festive magic you need in one place!

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A magical winter wonderland is coming to Depot Mayfield, including a new dazzling light trail, for seasonal festivities the whole family can enjoy.

Winter Island will transform Freight Island at Depot Mayfield into the UK’s largest heated outdoor and indoor winter festival, from Thursday November 9th until Christmas Eve on Sunday, December 24th.

Beginning the journey with the Twilight Trail at Mayfield Park, visitors will explore enchanting lighting installations taking over the 6.5 acre park and finish the trail at Freight Island where they can stay for further festive experiences from Christmas food and drink, to Visit Santa Experience and more.

Seasonal festivities at Winter Island include a variety of Christmas street food and beverage pop-ups from the likes of Cocoa Cabana, Parmogeddon, Formaggi by Lazy Tony’s, Smoking Coal German BBQ, and a Paulaner Tap Takeover – for any thirsty visitors.

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Foodies can get stuck into a festive feast of bratwurst, hog roast butties, and a carvery. Other cuisines on offer include smash burgers, pies, tandoori street food, pizzas, gyros and plenty more to satisfy any craving. Table bookings are now open, to book click HERE.

As a sparkly new addition this year, The Twilight Trail winter light show will come to Mayfield Park from Friday, November 17th. 

Affordable tickets for the light trail are available now – with tickets priced at £7 per child and £9 per adult for November dates, and at £8 per child and £10 per adult for December dates.

Save money with family tickets (for two adults and two children), available at £28 for November dates and £32 for December dates. To book a ticket for The Twilight Trail, click HERE. (Adults 13+ and child three-12 years).

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A brand new Grotto will take over the Plant Room for the young ones to enjoy an interactive Visit Santa Experience. 

The experience costs £22.50 per child and includes a small Lego gift, a Lindt Chocolate and photo opportunity with Father Christmas and his elves. Tickets are free for accompanying adults. To book a ticket, click HERE.

The Mezz will transform into a cosy Alpine Lodge where you’ll be able to keep warm with a Grey Goose and other fancy tipples – the perfect drinking and dining den for Christmas parties.

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Further festive planning includes a wreath-making workshop with plants and homeware experts from Ancoats, Northern Lights and dog lovers can watch the adorable Santa Paws dog show.

To keep the atmosphere alive and buzzing all day long, there will be curated entertainment, DJ sets and live performances to keep everyone happy.

Laura Percy, Development Director at LandSecU+I, leading the regeneration of Mayfield, said: “The new Twilight Trail promises to be a brilliant addition to both Mayfield Park and the whole of Manchester city centre, complementing the Christmas markets, which are such a popular destination for thousands of visitors every year.

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“We are thrilled to be able to offer our neighbours in Ardwick and Brunswick, particularly families, a large number of complimentary tickets so that as many people as possible can come and enjoy the Trail.

“The spirit of innovation at Mayfield is long-established and it’s great to see our partners at Freight Island continuing to push the boundaries with this exciting autumn programme.”

Jon Drape from The Twilight Trail said: “We are thrilled to bring a new festive experience to Mayfield Park this year. The Twilight Trail’s unique light installations will completely transform this incredible park. 

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“We are very proud to be able to deliver such a wonderful experience at an affordable price this year, whether for the family, groups of friends or a date night and with the opportunity to visit the brand new Winter Island next door we believe Depot Mayfield is set to be an unrivalled Christmas destination in the UK.”

To book a table at Winter Island and find out more about what’s on, click HERE.

For Christmas bookings, larger parties and private hire enquiries, please email christmas@freightisland.com.

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