23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 11:01

      Thursday 23, October 2014

      MAPPED: Manchester Christmas Markets expand to two new locations

      MANCHESTER City Council have revealed that this year’s Christmas Markets will boast two brand new sites as the event enters its 16th year.


      The world famous festival attraction, best known for being the UK’s original Christmas Market, will unveil their new uncharted locations - Cathedral Gardens and Market Gardens – on 14 November.


      In light of Manchester’s current transformation to improve transport across the city centre, organisers of the Christmas Markets were given the go-ahead to expand to further locations in order to prevent the works affecting existing sites – namely Exchange Square.


      So with the new sites now confirmed, this is now expected to make the 2014 Christmas Markets the most anticipated ever.

      Cathedral Gardens, a location long craved for by the event’s organisers, will play home to a 16m high windmill bar which was previously based at the Albert Square – the pièce de résistance of the city's festivities.

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      Over at the new Market Street site, one of the city’s busiest localities, 28 stalls will complement neighbouring high street shops as they sell quality arts and craft, along with superb Christmas gift ideas.


      Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “It’s always said that Christmas comes earlier every year, yet every year it doesn’t come early enough in my opinion.


      "The minute the Christmas Markets begin to arrive the city is transformed. A wonderfully festive atmosphere descends on Manchester and a layer of Christmas spirit settles on the streets.


      “We love how the markets enhance our high streets, giving shoppers a range of options for their Christmas shopping – and when the city centre transformation is complete, the Manchester Christmas Markets will be bigger and better than ever!”

      By Liam McCallion
      (Twitter: @LiamMcCallion23)

      Published by Liam McCallion on 18-12-2014 11:01