There is always something happening in Manchester, and one of the most visited times of the year is Christmas.
Manchester Christmas Markets return to Manchester on the 9th November and run all the way through til 22nd December (23rd Albert Square), but these will be the last year that the main hub will take place in Albert Square for some time, due to the town hall and surrounding areas being refurbished.
As well as the main hub in Albert Square, there are another 8 areas, hosting hundreds of Christmas themed stalls bursting with food, drink and gift ideas.
King Street once again will be one of the areas full of Christmas Cheer and a beautiful location for a mulled wine, some cheese or a hot chocolate.
New this year will be an Ice Village, to be located in Cathedral Gardens. Ice sculptures will be on display in a walk-through Ice cavern. While the village will be free to enter, tickets will be needed for the sculptures, Santa’s Grotto and the Ice Rink, you can read more about the Ice Village here.
For those travelling from outside of Manchester, the markets are an easy destination to reach by train, with trains from London taking just over 2 hours straight into Piccadilly, which is just a short walk away from the markets.
Or why not make a holiday of it and get yourself booked into one of the many hotels in the City Centre.
One option, would be the stunning Gotham Hotel, a beautiful 5 star hotel a few steps away from the Christmas Market stalls of King Street. While there you can also enjoy the Honey Restaurant that I reviewed earlier in the year here.