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Christmas in Manchester

This Christmas is going to be the best one yet. After a long year of restrictions, missing loved ones and staying at home, we’re ready for a Christmas of making new memories. Manchester is a fantastic place to spend your festive break with markets, ice skating, pantos and so much more to bring festive cheer to your family, friends and loved ones. Book your stay in PREMIER SUITES Manchester as soon as possible to avoid disappointment over the busy Christmas period. Here are some of the highlights of Christmas in Manchester this year.

Christmas Market in Manchester

From 12th November until the 22nd December 2021, Piccadilly Gardens transforms into the Winter Gardens with the arrival of a festive wonderland and the best Christmas Market in the UK. The beautifully decorated gardens will be packed with yule tide bars, food stalls, craft sellers and –for the first time –a stage with live music and DJs throughout the festive season. It’s an ideal family day out or a one-stop shop to find unique gifts from a huge range of local, independent retailers. You can sample Christmas food and drink from local suppliers and across the globe, with everything from Dutch Frites to local ales. Manchester’s Christmas Market swill also run across six city centre squares.

St Ann’s Square will have a selection of tasty food such as hand-pulled pizza and delicious Lakeland Burgers. 

Exchange Square where you’ll find the Mill Exchange bar, Pork Pig’s Yorkshire Pudding wraps, gourmet pizza and local produce sellers 

New Cathedral Street will welcome high-end shoemakers, local vegan skincare products, jewellery and crafted produce, plus the stylish Bar No3 for cocktails and refreshments. 

King Street will be home to the French-themed stalls selling a selection of food, beers and wines, plus a gin bar and a mouth-watering Italian deli. 

Market Street is where many local makers and traders will showcase their talents and their gift offerings .

Cathedral Gardens is the family-friendly hub this Christmas with the return of Skate Manchester’s ice rink and a range of food and drinks stalls. You can also enjoy free shows from Thursday to Sunday including plenty of kid’s entertainment. 

And of course, Manchester’s Giant Santa will take pride of place in the city centre, with a trail of illuminated sculpture taking visitors on a city tour they won’t forget.

Ice Skating in Manchester 

2021 sees the return of the much-anticipated Skate Manchester’s ice rink, an activity that has always been embraced by locals and visitors. The real ice rink is a favourite of groups of friends, families and couples looking for an alternative date idea. Don’t worry about getting wet if the typical English weather isn’t on your side, the glass roof will keep you dry while still enjoying the gorgeous winter sky. Skate hire is included in the entry cost so just bring yourself, some thick socks and a warm jacket to practice your pirouettes. Ice Skating is busy from Friday 22nd October 2021 until 3rd January 2022 so book your slot as soon as you can to avoid missing out.

Panto in Manchester 

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of ‘he’s behind you!’. Panto has been a Christmas tradition for families since we can remember and this year, we’re ready to welcome back the shows we missed so much last year. The Big Panto Guide will give you an idea of the MANY productions this year but we recommend Aladdin in the Manchester Opera House. This action-packed, fun-filled show tells the story of ‘street rat’ Aladdin, his funny friend the genie and the beautiful Princess Jasmine with plenty of belly laughs for young and old along the way. Pop superstar Alexandra Burke is making her Panto debut in Manchester as the Spirit of the Ring this year and it promises to be one to remember. 

Accommodation in Manchester 

Accommodation is in high demand over the Christmas season. Make sure you’re getting the best value, highest-standard accommodation for you and your family this Christmas when you book a stay in PREMIER SUITES serviced apartments in Manchester. We offer a true home from home experience in our one-or two-bedroom suites. Each apartment has a family sized kitchen and bathroom, separate living and dining space, complimentary wi-fi and many other facilities so you can make yourself at home. Piccadilly Gardens, the centre of Christmas in Manchester is less than 10-minutes’ walk from our central location in Shudehill. 

Enjoy Manchester safe in the knowledge that your warm, comfortable suite is waiting for you. Enjoy our best available rates and exclusive special offers when you book via our official website. We’re looking forward to playing a small part in your perfect Christmas break.


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