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A city guide to Manchester Christmas markets


We know, it's only October, but if the weather over the past few weeks has made you resort to retail therapy you'll be well aware that the festive period is fast approaching. That being said, we've put together the CitySuites guide to the 2019 Manchester Christmas markets!

Ice Village, Cathedral Gardens 

Returning to Cathedral Gardens for a second year and just across the Victoria Bridge from CitySuites is the Ice Village! A wintry wonderland bound to get even the biggest scrooge into the festive spirit. Step inside a themed world filled with royal regalia and trawling with mythical beasts. For the adults, an ice bar awaits stocked with your favourite festive tipples and for the kids, a mini ice slide.

Manchester’s weather is renowned for scuppering those outdoor plans. However, fear not… The famous Christmas Market ice rink will be protected from the elements this year allowing you to keep your eyes on those you’re bound for instead of the cloud above.

The Ice Village requires you to book, we wouldn’t want you to turn up and be disappointed so make sure you see what’s on and sort your tickets by following this link right here!

Manchester Christmas Markets were voted the best in the UK in an online poll and named the most popular in Europe among Instagram users.


The best days to visit

Manchester’s Christmas markets are regularly voted as one of the best in Europe and with that popularity comes heavy footfall… If you want to be able to browse the offerings of the stalls at ease, you’ll need to head to the hotspots before the 4pm rush and probably choose a weekday in which to explore. If big crowds aren't your thing, the weekend is a write-off...

Want to be fully immersed in the festivities? Weekends at the Christmas markets bring the city to life and the atmosphere is one not to be missed. A city bustling with those filled with festive cheer, there aren’t many better places to experience this. Don't believe us? Last year Manchester Christmas Markets were voted the best in the UK in an online poll and named the most popular in Europe among Instagram users. According to SkyScanner, Manchester still tops the pile this year for UK Christmas markets, see for yourself here!

The most likely place to find a seat

Travelling with children? Cathedral Gardens is the place to go… A wide-open space just a stone’s throw from the Printworks and situated across the Victoria Bridge from CitySuites. Home to not only the ice village but a place where a finding a spot to sit and refuel is less of a task and the vibe becomes a lot more relaxed.

Cathedral Street leading to King Street, home to the boutiques and high-end shops of Manchester. Enjoy a more secluded section of the Christmas markets at these two streets transform into rows of seating and Christmas fayre offerings.

Must-see spots across the city

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Delight in a location that exceeds all expectations. Nestled between the spires of the city’s cathedral, the shopping boutiques and the major business centres, CitySuites is set in the heart of Manchester. As the Manchester Christmas Markets continue to grow, their offerings draw closer to the doorsteps of CitySuites and this year you'll be just a three minute walk from one of the biggest attractions in Cathedral Gardens.

Somewhere to park

Just a hop, skip and jump from the doorsteps of CitySuites you’ll find our preferred parking provider Q-Park Deansgate North. With its central location and security we’re yet to find a better car park in Manchester. Our tip, sign up to their rewards programme and get 10% cashback every time you park with Q-Park. Better still, enjoy free parking with select stays at CitySuites!

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 Somewhere to stay

With Manchester's Christmas markets being one of the UK's favourite, space in the city soon. sells out! With our Christmas Markets City Break offer you can save £36 a night on a 2-3 night stays with our Complete Christmas Stay accommodation package!

Also, you can enjoy a free room upgrade, free parking, Free £10 Selfridges Voucher and breakfast all on us! 

Book your stay with us, simply click here and save!

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