Someone just told me that the Christmas Markets have announced their opening date and I just realised that we're not too far away now - even if it is only September.
Decorations and chocolates are in the shops, there's talk of office parties and Michael Buble is starting to stir in his hibernation cave ready to get a new album out.
Talk now turns to the ever-popular Manchester Christmas Markets, the annual event that will once again return to Manchester in 2022, and will be spread out across a number of locations in the city centre.
The dates for this year’s event have now been revealed, and this year it will all kick off on Thursday 10th November. From this date, they will be open every day until Thursday 22nd December – the main hub of markets will then close, but certain zones will reopen after Christmas and into the New Year.
This will include the Christmas ice rink at Cathedral Gardens, with the food and drink stalls at that location also reopening after Christmas Day.
Last year, the main hub was located at the newly established ‘Winter Gardens’ in Piccadilly Gardens, which will be returning – the council is yet to release the full list of zones for this year, however. It’s very likely that, as per usual, there will be stalls on Market Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens.
Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, Councillor Pat Karney, said: “With Christmas Day a mere three months away, that can only mean one thing – Manchester Christmas Markets Day is even sooner!
“In fact, there’s only seven weeks left to go until you can grab a gluhwein and buddy up with a bratwurst whilst checking out the fantastic Christmas gifts and goodies on the best Christmas Market in the land. Mark it on your calendars – 10 November – they’re back!”