The Manchester Christmas Markets 2023 return date has officially been confirmed

Festive cheer will soon be lining the city centre streets once again.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th September 2023

It’s that time of year again – the date that Manchester Christmas Markets are set to return in 2023 has officially been confirmed.

While we may be in the middle of some unseasonably warm weather right now, things are about to get pretty festive in Manchester, as the return date for the city’s legendary Christmas Markets this year has just been announced to spread some cheer right across the city centre.

Manchester City Council has confirmed the date for the annual event’s return – which draws in thousands of visitors from all across the globe each year.

And there’s not long left to wait.

It has been announced that Manchester Christmas Markets will make their grand return for 2023 on Friday 10 November.


This means that the city centre’s main hubs and streets, including Exchange Square, St Ann’s Square, King Street, and Market Street, will soon be lined with wooden huts right selling festive food, handmade gifts, and so much more before we know it.

Cathedral Gardens will, once again, also play host to the iconic Ice Rink, with a range of food and drink stalls alongside it, and will be opening in time for the October half term right from Thursday 26 October right through to Sunday 31 December.


Confirming the Christmas Markets’ return, Councillor Pat Karney, who is Manchester City Council’s Christmas spokesperson, told the MEN: “With the last rays of summer sun now fading fast, it’s time to track down the tinsel and get ready for Manchester’s favourite time of the year.

“And with only 8 weeks to go until the opening of Manchester’s world-famous Christmas markets it will be glühwein and bratwurst time before we know it.

“Mark it on your calendars with 10 November – Christmas starts here.”

2022 Manchester Christmas Markets Guide
Festive cheer will soon be lining the city centre streets once again / Credit: Manchester City Council

Cllr Karney had already previously confirmed that the Christmas Parade will also be back this year after it proved to be such a smash-hit success during its inaugural year in 2022, so you can expect to see runaway Christmas presents, Jack Frost, Snow Queens, and of course, Santa, make their way through the city centre’s streets once again.

Dates for this free family-friendly event are yet to be confirmed, with the Council telling residents to keep their eyes peeled for more announcements in the coming weeks.

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Manchester Christmas Markets will be open from 10am-9pm every day right through to Thursday 21 December 2023.

Featured Image – Manchester City Council