Manchester Christmas Markets named best in the UK

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In news that won’t surprise too many of you, Manchester Christmas Markets have been named the best in the UK.

Manchester was ranked number one by a survey rating all the festive markets in the country.

As part of the research by, more than 21,000 travellers were asked their opinion and we came out on top, with the cities ranked by number of visitor endorsements.

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For the rest of the top five, Manchester was followed by Winchester (2), Lincoln (3), Bury Saint Edmunds (4) and Birmingham (5).

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.

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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.

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.

As well as that, they’ll be not one, but two brand new bars, with a dedicated Ice Tiki Bar selling tropical cocktails and a giant dome venue located at Piccadilly Gardens.

The huge dome will be serving up gin hot toddies and other seasonal treats, all underneath a transparent canopy lit up with fairy lights - so don’t forget to check it out.

With less than two weeks to go until they open, who’s getting excited?

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