The Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 mug design has been unveiled

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 9th November 2022

Manchester City Council has unveiled the long-awaited mug design ahead of the 2022 Manchester Christmas Markets kicking off tomorrow.

It might not seem like much, but the unveiling of the annual Manchester Christmas Markets mug – which is given to any visitor buying themselves a winter warming drink at the markets – is a tradition we wait for each year, as they’re always known for their wonderfully-festive graphic designs.

Memorable mug designs in previous years have seen kissing snowmen, mistletoe, interactive and wearable red nose reindeers, and even Santa himself. 

But this year, 2022’s exclusive designs features Christmas characters like Santa, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and polar bears all high-fiving each other – with the Council saying the design is all about “celebrating the fun of the festive period”.

As always, the mugs have been designed by Council’s studio team, who wanted to portray “the message of unity this Christmas”.


The 2022 mug design was officially revealed via the Council’s TikTok for the first time ever.

“This year’s Christmas Markets mugs are brilliantly festive and scream Christmas,” said Cllr Pat Karney – Manchester City Council’s Christmas spokesperson.


“Their arrival marks that holiday season is truly back in Manchester.

“Over the years, our mugs have become incredibly popular. They’re a firm Instagram favourite and have even become collectors items, as we know that some visitors have a complete collection of mugs going back more than 10 years.

“We expect those people to be first in line for a warming gluhwein or hot chocolate.”

Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 begin on Thursday 10 November / Credit: Flickr

The mugs will be available at the Christmas Market bars selling and selling mulled wine, gluhwein and hot chocolate across Winter Gardens, Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange and King Street.

Visitors purchasing a hot drink will be asked to pay a £3 mug deposit.

Then you can either choose to return the mug for the deposit, or keep the mug as a memento of your visit to the 2022 markets.

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Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 begin on Thursday 10 November, and will be open daily from 10am-8pm, with bars open 11am –9pm. 

You can find out everything you need to know about the Manchester Christmas Markets 2022 here.

Featured Image – Manchester City Council