Shop ‘til you drop in Manchester this Christmas

Christmas Shopping in Manchester

New Cathedral Street, Manchester

Manchester is a shoppers’ paradise at Christmas, whether you’re shopping for party outfits, stocking fillers or gifts you want to wow with, you’ll find everything you need and more in Manchester.

If you are looking for some festive charm, Manchester Christmas Markets are a must for any shopper, packed full of gift options from across the globe, plus there are plenty of tasty hot tipples to warm the cockles of your heart.

Treat the little shoppers with a trip to see Santa in his tree star grotto at Manchester Arndale, and anyone who needs a helping hand with the wrapping should visit the Charity Gift Wrap, both located in Halle Square.

Not a fan of shopping on the High Street? Check out The Magical Christmas Fair at Manchester Central (29 November – 01 December). Whether you need stocking fillers, top-end designer gifts or speciality food and drink, all your festive retail desires will be met under one, very big, roof.

If you’re looking for a nostalgic shopping experience, hop on the Metrolink and head to Lowry Outlet Mall for the Victorian Christmas Market (5 – 8 December) where you can explore 100 stalls, listen to brass bands and even take a ride on a traditional carousel.

The best place to pick up an alternative, handmade gift is Manchester Craft and Design Centre located in an historic covered market building in the bohemian Northern Quarter. With 18 independent studios selling handmade items from ceramics, jewellery to textiles, you are sure to find that perfect memorable gift.

Prefer out of town shopping? Don’t worry we have it covered, Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet is a great place to pick up that ‘special’ gift and not blow the bank. Plus you can visit its festive market and walk-in giant Christmas tree.

Struggling to find time to do your shopping? Fear not, late night shopping runs throughout December at Manchester Arndale (Monday – Friday 9am – 9pm, Saturday 9am – 8pm). Last minute shoppers should check out the Salford Greengate Christmas Family Market (21 – 23 December) at the corner of Chapel Street and Victorian Bridget Street, close to Manchester city centre.

And if you want to unwind after a day/month of hardcore shopping, check yourself in to Bali Health Lounge for one the luxurious Christmas pamper packages

Getting to Manchester couldn’t be easier, whether you’re travelling locally by Metrolink or popping up from London in just over two hours with Virgin Trains, there really is no excuse to miss out.

If you’re travelling by car, check out the great late night shopping and weekend rates at APCOA Parking.

For more information on all the Christmas events and offers go to and follow #MCRChristmas

Also don’t forget to enter our great Christmas competitions here


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