Council confirms two mini Manchester Christmas Markets will go ahead from this week

The socially-distanced event is hoping to provide a "flavour of Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets".

The Manc The Manc - 7th December 2020

Manchester City Council has today announced that two mini socially-distanced Christmas Markets will go ahead in the city centre from this week.

The event – which will invite independent local traders in Manchester and across the region who would have been part of the city’s usual Christmas markets – is hoping to provide a “flavour of Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets”, all while supporting businesses during the festive period.

The markets will be located in Piccadilly Gardens and St Ann’s Square, and will offer visitors a seasonal alternative to the high street.  

The Piccadilly Gardens markets will include the usual street food traders, along with a range of craft and gift stalls, and is open now until Wednesday 23rd December from 10.30am – 7pm, while the markets in St Ann’s Square will welcome some of the usual Christmas Market favourites for two long weekends.

These will take place between Wednesday 9th December – Sunday 13th DecemberWednesday 16th December – Sunday 20th December from 10.30am – 7pm


Cllr Pat Karney – Christmas Spokesperson at Manchester City Council – said: “We know people were so disappointed to hear this year’s Christmas Markets could not go ahead [but] public safety must be at the heart of everything we do, and we could not put on our usual world-class event while keeping people safe.

“Since then, we have been looking at ways of supporting the Christmas traders at an important time of year for their businesses, while also attracting people to the city centre in a safe and manageable way. 


“Our Winter Markets have attracted some of the city’s – and region’s – top makers and traders, who provide a real alternative to the high street.”

Geograph / David Dixon

St Ann’s Square

  • Porky Pig – Yorkshire Pudding Wraps 
  • Eat Greek – Traditional Gyros and Halloumi Fries 
  • Elsie May – Cookie Dough
  • Mango Rays – Burritos and Vegan Chill con Carne

There will also be the fan-favourite traditional Christmas market pancakes, and gourmet English sausage and German bratwurst too.

Piccadilly Gardens

Week One

  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Popsters
  • The Great British Cheese Company
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Closet Boutique
  • Zen Experimental
  • Mandalay Accessories
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Amazonas Gifts
  • Cheshire Cheese Company
  • Personalised Gifts
  • Paul Collins
  • Trolle Trading Limited
  • Snugglebottle
  • Priya
  • Sticky Chocolate
  • The Olive Tree

Week 2

  • Snugglebottle
  • Chi Chi’s 
  • The Little Gift Hut
  • Mayflower Apiaries 
  • Priya Trading
  • The Cheese Board
  • Sticky Chocolate
  • The Closet Boutique
  • From The Olive Tree
  • O’Donnell Moonshine
  • Malvavisco
  • Just The Cheese         
  • Amazonas Jewellery
  • Johnsons Toffees
  • The Crusty Pie Company
  • Popsters
  • The Cocktail Co
  • Paul Collins 


The weekend markets will be strictly managed to limit the number of people who can access the stalls at any one time, using a one-way traffic system to ensure social distancing can be always adhered to.  

Outdoor markets can trade under the Tier 3 guidelines.  

You can find more information about all the stalls via the Manchester City Council website here.