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Manchester's Biggest Ever Christmas Markets
Details of this year's Christms Markets in Manchester have been revealed. They open on November 14th, this year there will be nine sites with stalls moving into Cathedral Square and Market Street for the first time.
The 16m high windmill moves to Cathedral Square and Heart's been told there'll be 28 stalls along Market Street, complimenting its high street stores and selling arts and crafts along withChristmas gifts.
Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester's Christmas spokesperson, said: "It's always said that Christmas comes earlier every year, yet every year it doesn't come early enough in my opinion. The minute the Christmas Markets begin to arrive the city is transformed. A wonderfully festive atmosphere descends on Manchester and a layer of Christmas spirit settles on the streets.
"We love how the markets enhance our high streets, giving shoppers a range of options for their Christmas shopping"
The markets are now in their 16th year, traders throughout Europe, from Transylvania and Lapland to Spain, France and Germany, will join local businesses from across the North West. Last year they attracted more than 9 million people to the city centre. They'll close on Sunday 21st December.
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