Manchester Christmas Markets are expanding to Piccadilly Gardens this year

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The Manchester Christmas Markets are one of the biggest events in our social calendar, and 2019 is set to be bigger and better than ever.

This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the festive markets, and most of the city centre will be taken over, including Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Cathedral Gardens and Albert Square.

They’ll be on from Friday November 8th until Saturday December 21st - although traders operating in Albert Square will be open until 4pm on Sunday December 22nd - and stalls will be open seven days a week.

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Despite concerns the markets wouldn’t be able to operate in Albert Square due to renovations to the Town Hall, the main hub of stalls will in fact be returning there - although it’s likely this will be the last time Albert Square hosts stalls.

And this year the markets are going to be even bigger, as they’re set to expand to Piccadilly Gardens for the first time ever.

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The extension will see brand new food and craft stalls and a bar area hit the Gardens, bringing the total number of traders to 300.

These new traders will include Eat Greek, who will bring Greek grill classics like gyros kebabs and halloumi fries.

Fellow new stall on the block Hot Stuff Bread Company will be joining them, serving up delicious pretzel bread full of incredible fillings.

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