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

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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
  • TWS TRADING LIMITED
  • 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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New makers market with everything from dog accessories to house plants and jewellery coming to Manchester

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A brand new makers market is coming to Manchester this late May Bank Holiday weekend, with something for everyone.

Taking place at New Jackson – a new urban neighbourhood located at the southern gateway to the city – Manchester Made Market will be held on Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th.

Over the two days you’ll be able to browse a selection of local artisanal traders and small businesses from across the region.

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There’ll be everything, from food produce, homewares, crafts and creations to dog accessories, house plants, jewellery and homemade soap.

Among the traders will be Manchester and Cheshire-based florist and floral artists Dot & Flora, graphic artist Ablott MCR selling music prints, HGT with crochet fashion and homeware designs, and artisan candlemakers Leaves and Prickles.

Elsewhere, there will be essential oils and other treatments from Grounded Wellness, permanent jewellery from Sealed Links, and desserts from Cake With Heart.

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There will be plenty of street food options to keep you topped up while you shop, including The Wild Grill, Food Sorcery, Salvi’s and new favourite Medlock Canteen.


Neighbourhood Brew will be supplying some great drinks as well.

Supported by Renaker, the market is free, but you can upgrade your experience with a limited, free VIP ticket with access to the dedicated bar area.

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Manchester Flower Festival returns with tributes to Sarah Harding and Caroline Aherne

It’s taking place later this month!

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The legendary Manchester Flower Festival is returning to our city later this month, complete with pop-ups, installations and tributes to some local icons.

Taking place over the late May Bank Holiday, the event will be headlined by its ‘Floral Trail’.

This year’s theme is Manchester Icons, with a host of names past and present being honoured in flower form, including the late comedy legend Caroline Aherne, pop star Sarah Harding and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst.

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Collaborating with Manchester illustrator Stanley Chow, floral designer Liv Woodward will create a portrait of Caroline Aherne at the Floral Marquee on New Cathedral Street, using sustainably sourced plants and flowers.

Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding will be remembered in a ‘tribute garden’, sponsored by the AO Arena, with visitors able to donate to the Sarah Harding Breast Cancer Appeal by scanning the QR code at the display.

The homage to Pankhurst has been created by female-led Decordia, featuring an ornate wooden Manchester Town Hall-inspired planter with sashes, posters and colourful icons, alongside a wicker figure of the suffragette herself.

This can be found at the corner of Cross Street and King Street, adorned with purple, green and white plants – the colours of the suffragette movement.

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Other local legends will also be honoured with their own installations, including Happy Mondays vocalist Rowetta and iconic Manchester brewery Boddingtons .

Fringe events will be taking place too, at locations including Northern Quarter art shop Fred Aldous, The Bridgewater Hall, the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel and the National Trust’s Castlefield Viaduct.

Selfridges Exchange Square, El Gato Negro, Tast Catala, Franco Manca, Grand Pacific Manchester and Urban Playground will also be taking part, with alfresco dining, festival-related dishes and cocktails.

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Now in its seventh year, the Flower Festival, which is put together by Manchester City Centre Business Improvement District, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year, with live entertainment, workshops, and arts and crafts markets.

It all happens from May 24th to May 27th – head over to the website HERE to find more information.

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Billie Eilish announces FOUR Manchester shows as part of world tour

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Pop star Billie Eilish is coming to Manchester, with four dates confirmed at the new Co-op Live arena.

The Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon will be playing Manchester’s newest arena on July 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd, 2025.

The dates are part of a full world tour taking place next year, in the wake of Hit Me Hard And Soft, her fourth studio album which is due out on May 17th.

The full UK dates:

  • 7 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 8 July 2025 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
  • 10 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 11 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 13 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 14 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 16 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 17 July 2025 – The O2, London
  • 19 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 20 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 22 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester
  • 23 July 2025 – Co-op Live, Manchester


Presale tickets go live tomorrow, Tuesday April 30th, at 12pm and are exclusive for Co-op members only.

To become a Co-op member, click HERE, and enjoy exclusive benefits.

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