Christmas Markets: Load-In Dates & Location Maps

18th Oct 2022

This year’s Manchester City Council Christmas Markets load-in dates:

Location load-in dates:

Cathedral Gardens 18/10/2022
Piccadilly Gardens 19/10/2022
King Street 24/10/2022
Market Street 01/11/2022
St Ann’s Square 01/11/2022
Exchange Square 01/11/2021
Corn Exchange 01/11/2022
New Cathedral Street 02/11/2021
Exchange Street 02/11/2022

The markets will open from Thursday 10th November and will close Thursday 22nd December (Cathedral Gardens Ice Rink remains open until New Year’s Eve, 31st December).

There will be no Manchester City Council lights-switch on event this year:

Christmas lights around the city centre will turn on as the Markets launch on 10th November (except St Peter’s Square, where the lights will follow on Monday 14th November, post-Remembrance Sunday).

Manchester BID is partnering with Manchester City Council to extend our ‘Festive Sundays‘ this year that will animate the markets with roaming performances and live music. Updates at

If you are a BID Business and have any questions, please contact Phil or Andy:
0161 838 3250