Christmas in Manchester

Charter a private jet to Manchester this winter with Falcona. Experience a better way to travel to Manchester, with family and friends. When it comes to European or even world cities, Manchester deserves a position on any respectable bucket list.

For business or pleasure, this characterful Northern city is not to be missed. Christmas is a magical time in Manchester and the perfect occasion to combine a short festive break with a spot of Christmas shopping.

With hundreds of high street and independent boutique shops to choose from, Greater Manchester attracts visitors from far and wide, particularly during this period – and rightly so! Whilst you’re in Manchester why not take some time to attend one of the festive shows and performances that take place at Manchester’s huge choice of theatres.


Returning this winter is Manchester’s award winning Christmas Markets, with over 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets, spread across the city centre. Warm delicious food and

Christmas Markets

Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it makes it way the city centre. European and local producers offer everything from fin amber jewellery to framed photos of Manchester.

There’s also a large selection of food and drinks, from Spanish paella to Hungarian goulash on offer. Your favourite tipple, G&T or mulled wine to keep you warm during the winter nights.


Friday 9th November – Saturday 22nd December 2018, with the market in Albert Square opening for an extra day on Sunday 23rd December.



Cathedral Gardens – Christmas Market

Market Street – Christmas Market

Exchange Square – Christmas Market

Corn Exchange – Christmas Market

Exchange Street – Arts & Crafts Market

New Cathedral Street – Christmas Market

King Street – French Christmas Market

St Ann’s Square – German Christmas Markets

Brazennose Street – World Christmas Market

Ice Village & Santa’s Grotto

9 November – 5 January 2019, City Centre:

Cathedral Gardens, 11.00 – 21.00

The Ice Village is a breath taking snowy experience for all ages. The show piece attraction is the Ice Cavern, where a vast steam train made of ice is the starting point of an unforgettable journey that takes you through a frozen toy factory, in which Santa’s team of helpers are busy making toys in time for Christmas.

There will be elves, enchanted toys and artic animals hand carved from huge blocks of ice and set against a factory backdrop of ice cogs and pistons to pay tribute to Manchester’s industrial heritage. It will be cold so wrap up warm, chill out in the Artic Bar, where there will be a menu of special festive drinks and cocktails.

Santas Grotto

Take your picture with Santa this Christmas and receive your present for being good children over the year!Twinkly lights, snow and a magical grotto can only mean one thing – Santa has come to Manchester, Visit the reindeer stables and enter the traditional log cabin surrounded by enchanting woodland and snow covered trees.

Youngsters will be able to meet Mrs Claus and Santa who will be taking time out from his very busy present sorting schedule, so they can tell him what they would like for Christmas, we have everything you need for a magical Christmas experience.

Ice Rink

Returns to Cathedral Gardens for another year, so strap on your blades and hit the ice. Open until early January each session is 45 minutes long. Guaranteed fun for all the family.

Sporting Fixtures

Of course, for the football fan, there are two very good reasons to visit: the city is home to two of the world’s biggest football teams, Manchester United and Manchester City. With fixtures over the festive season, fly into Manchester to watch a Premier League match.

Manchester City

Sat 15 December v Everton 12.30

Sat 22 December v Crystal Palace 15.00

Thur 3 Jan 2019 v Liverpool 20.00


Manchester United

Sun 16 December v Liverpool 16.00

Wed 26 December v Huddersfield 15.00

Sun 30 December v Bournemouth 16.30


Manchester offers a superb and diverse range of restaurants, shops and hotels. Indulge in designer brand retail therapy at Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, both conveniently located in the city centre. A one-stop shop for luxurious retail therapy.

Boasting the crème de la crème of what’s hot in fashion, food and beauty. Selfridges Exchange Square is in the heart of the city of Manchester, with new Beauty and Accessories floors and the most wanted designer brands, Selfridges Exchange Square is a one-stop shop for luxurious retail therapy.

Selfridges also welcomes international visitors with a number of specially designed services. Eligible customers are able to claim between 10-14% tax free purchases*, have their shopping delivered to their hotel free of charge or schedule an afternoon with a Selfridges expert personal shopping consultant.


Harvey Nichols Manchester boasts the crème de la crème of what’s hot in fashion, food and beauty. With leading luxury fashion brands including Dolce and Gabbana, Christian Louboutin and Givenchy – there’s no other place in the city to shop for your new season wardrobe.

Beauty addicts will love the offering spread across two floors of this luxurious store. Brands including Shu Uemura, Shiseido, Crème de la Mer and Bobbi Brown not only have amazing products to buy, they also offer treatments, make up lessons and advice.


The city boasts an impressive music heritage and the city’s MEN arena attracts top-selling music artistes. The Bridgewater Hall, home to the acclaimed Hallé Orchestra, hosts big names in the world of classical music.

Manchester’s quirky and youthful Northern Quarter has been transformed in recent years, with digital businesses making it their home and fashionable shops and bars springing up on every corner.

As a destination, Manchester is large enough to offer quality and variety, yet compact enough to get around easily and wherever you go, you’re assured a warm Mancunian welcome.


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