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As the opening date for Manchester’s Christmas markets draw ever closer, Manchester City Council has unveiled the full list of traders and venues for this year’s festivities.

Of November 10the Christmas markets will once again transform Piccadilly Gardens into winter gardens, with over 220 stalls confirmed to be open at the usual locations in Market Street, Cathedral Gardens, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, The Corn Exchange and King Street.

The council also confirmed the return of magic Manchester Christmas Lights Trailwhich will light up the city center throughout the festive season with its giant balls, light up arches and Manchester bee.

And the iconic Big Santa will make his return to the Central Library in St Peter’s Square, where he’ll keep an eye on all things Christmas in Manchester from his perch atop the library.

Here’s the full rundown of what to expect at this year’s Christmas markets:

winter gardens

Piccadilly Gardens will once again be turned into Winter Gardens, which the council have promised will be “bigger and better” than ever.

On the food and drink side, Winter Gardens will serve pancakes, churros, cookie dough, vegan bratwurst, Korean hot dogs, pork bars and Amsterdam fries. There will also be a range of winter drinks and a selection of continental and foreign beers.

There will also be weekly test spots dedicated to new local traders as they enter the winter trade and try out their wares on the Christmas market crowds.

And brand new for this year, the Winter Gardens will host a giant Nordic-themed double tipi bar, which will be fully heated and decorated with ambient lighting, wooden benches, faux furs and a roaring fire pit. .

There will be live music and entertainment in the tipi bar most nights, making it the perfect place to spread Christmas cheer throughout the week.

Place Sainte-Anne and Exchange Street

St Anne’s Square – which is actually the original site of Manchester’s Christmas markets – will return with its large covered bar offering German beers and hot cherry Gluhwein, which will keep Christmas revelers warm and merry while throughout the winter season.

St. Ann’s Square and Exchange Street will also host a number of local merchants, including Yard and Coop with their salt and pepper chicken fries and Manc and Proud, which will serve Mancunian-themed treats, as well as continental chocolates, English cheeses and art. emporiums.

Market Street

A favorite spot for Christmas shoppers, Market Street will be home to stalls selling a wide range of gifts from a host of amazing artisans and producers. Customers will be able to shop for everything from tweed hats, spiced rum and Christmas decorations to candles, jewelry and cheese truck gift sets.

King Street

Home to some of Manchester’s finest food, King Street’s Christmas charcuterie stalls will once again take foodies on a world tour of some of the planet’s most beloved dishes, ranging from Italian cannelloni and arancini, Greek gyros, halloumi fries, French garlic mushrooms and even Salford Rum.

And new for 2022, Middle Eastern restaurant Habas will bring its Middle Eastern menu and seating area to King Street – ideal for those who want to eat their own way around the world!

New Cathedral Street

New Cathedral Street will feature a range of stalls selling high-end gifts including fine cast iron ornaments, old-fashioned liquorice, homemade cocktails for the home and bright Christmas decorations.

There will also be a number of tasty food stalls offering everything from vegan five-bean chili to New York bagels. These can then be washed down with one of the famous steaming cocktails at the cosmopolitan Bar 3.

Plus, the famous Witch House will make a comeback to New Cathedral Street, armed with its traditional steins and mouth-watering curries.

Place de la Bourse

Market-goers can warm up at the beloved Mill Exchange bar, which will bring back its special Mancunian mulled wine.

2022 also sees the return of the famous Porky Pig Yorkshire Pudding Wrapalongside stalls selling hot curries, German kebabs, gourmet Italian pizza mini pancakes and fresh fudge.

The Grain Exchange

Nestled between Manchester’s historic Corn Exchange building and Shambles Square, visitors can expect to find unique Fair Trade hats and jackets, character-themed hats and belts, plus pies, cupcakes and soaps handmade.

Cathedral Gardens

The beloved Skate MCR indoor rink opened just in time for half term and Halloween. There is live entertainment from Thursday to Sunday each week, until New Year’s Eve.

Next to the rink, hot food, hot drinks, pancakes and beverages will be offered from nearby market stalls to help warm cold hands and feet after skating on the ice.

Councilor Pat Karney, Senior Christmas Adviser to Manchester City Council, said: “Christmas is looking better than ever this year in Manchester with our world famous Christmas markets due to open in four weeks, and a whole host of other free events not to be missed festive treats are also coming our way.

“Everyone knows Manchester does Christmas better than anywhere else and I’ve been counting down the days until our Christmas markets open since the day they closed last year.

“We have some fantastic new festive additions hitting the markets this year, along with other unmissable festive surprises to be announced soon that should put a smile on everyone’s face in Manchester as Christmas approaches. about it very soon – I can’t wait!”

The Christmas markets will open on Thursday November 10 and close on Thursday December 22.