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.
And there’s not long to wait now, as they begin next Friday, November 8th, and go on 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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This year the markets are going to be even bigger, as they’re set to expand to Piccadilly Gardens for the first time ever, and here’s what you can expect to find in the different areas.
According to the Manchester Evening News, over at the main hub of Albert Square you’ll find The Mill Exchange, Little Spain, Mrs Kirkham's Lancashire Cheese, de Creperie, Star Bakery GMBH, Fine German Foods, The Great British Cheese Company, Porkys Of Yarm (The Pig & Barrel), Lakeland Picnic Company and local grilled cheese legends Northern Soul.
It’ll also be home to The Pancake House, Bavarian Swing Grill, Delicacies from Luxembourg, Off My Head Hats, The Manchester Winter Ale House, Mango Rays, The Great North Pie Company, Elsie Mays, Mamma Mia, Mr Bombay and fried chicken extraordinaires Yard & Coop, to name but a few.
Market Street will welcome Lancaster Candles, Exglo UK, Amazing Curtains, Chi Chi's, The Salford Rum Company, Personalised Gifts, The Great British Cheese Company, Priya Trading, Amber Jewellery, The Melting Pot, Silver Flowers, Pretty Little Princess, M Crafts, Amazonas Gifts, The Festive House, Promise Bags, Sinful Flavours, Bohemia Beauty and The Pontefract Liquorice Company, among others.
Meanwhile, over at Cathedral Gardens you can grab goodies from Manchester City Football Club, The Closet Boutique, de Creperie, Windmill, Well & Spruce and The Dog House.
Some of the traders on offer at Exchange Square include Tikka Kebab Kitchen, Forum Foods, Turks Charcoal Pit, Round Food House, Dorri, Laura's Fudge, Pure Indulgence, From The Olive Tree, Ice Cold Vision, The Crusty Pie Company, Sticky Chocolate, De Luciano, The Cheese Board, Mandalay Accessories, Direct Beers Limited, The British Fudge Company and Holzpuzzle.
And at the brand new Piccadilly Gardens site you’ll find the Cheshire Cheese Company, Baby Leon, Demoda LTD, Silver Flowers, G & J Catering, Gorgeousselection Limited, Elsie Mays, the Hot Stuffed Bread Company with their fresh baked bread/pretzel rolls filled with a variety of delicious toppings, and gyros and souvlaki legends Grilla.
To see the full and comprehensive list, check out the Manchester Evening News article here.