Updated: Monday, 10th December 2018 @ 4:16pm

'Biggest and best yet': Exciting changes set to keep famous Manchester Christmas Markets as world-leader

'Biggest and best yet': Exciting changes set to keep famous Manchester Christmas Markets as world-leader

By Jon Robinson

Manchester’s world-famous Christmas Market is set to be expanded with new attractions and a longer running time this festive season.

Exchange Square will be part of the expansion, complete with a new 16-metre high windmill, a new bratwurst stand and beer garden.

For the first time the bar itself will remain open over the Christmas period, closing for business on December 30, and Manchester City Council are aiming for the best winter yet.

Councillor Pat Karney, Lead Member for the city centre, said: “Manchester is the UK's Christmas capital and our world-famous markets are the jewel in our festive crown.

“We were the first to bring this traditional taste of Europe to the UK and every year we have beaten off competition to remain the original, the biggest and the best.

“It’s a real honour that towns and cities across the country have copied Manchester’s Christmas Markets, but ours still tops the list, transforming the city centre in to a Christmas wonderland.”

Also new for 2012 is the award-winning Port of Lancaster Smokehouse’s smoked products and the market’s first Italian food houses cooking up fresh pasta dishes every day.

This year’s Christmas Market will see the return of the return French inspired market on King Street that proved popular with last year’s nocturnal clientele.

New Cathedral Street is also welcoming new attractions, with a new coffee house with covered seating and a new German beer house.

Albert Square, watched over by the much-loved giant Santa Clause, is set to host the European Christmas Market.

Cllr Karney added: “The markets are the centrepiece of a truly magical festive programme and this year they will be open longer than ever before, so that residents and visitors alike will have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere and do every last bit of their Christmas shopping.”

The Manchester Christmas Market is famed for its wide selection of traditional and will welcome back a host of traders from across Europe – from Transylvania to Lapland and Germany, as well as local businesses from across the North West.

Photo courtesy of Phillipa Moran, with thanks.

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