Six weeks of trading later and the award-winning Christmas Markets are set to close for another year… but before the traders head home there’s still time for a Gluhwein, and perhaps a bargain or two.
Final weekend of the world famous Manchester Christmas Markets
The Christmas Markets close on Monday, 21 December and the final weekend is known for traders offering unbelievable deals on their wares before packing up their stalls.
The Albert Square hub will remain open until Tuesday, 22 December (from 10am until 6pm) for a shorter final day of trading where shoppers looking for a last minute deal might find their bargaining skills put to good use.
Late visitors have already missed their chance to take home a special Christmas Market mug. More than 100,000 Gluhwein and coffee mugs have been taken home by visitors as a memento of their visit.
To meet demand a limited edition matte version of the mug was release into circulation, but with only 5,000 available they were on the market for only a few days before selling out completely.
The mugs – as well as the reusable glass deposit scheme - were first introduced as a way of increasing the green credentials of the market, but the mugs soon became a much anticipated part of the Manchester Christmas Markets, each year with a new design.
However, the Christmas Markets have also continued to go from strength to strength in terms of their sustainability, achieving a Green Festival Award last year and impressive recycling record, including: 20 tonnes of plastics and glass recycled and a further 15 tonnes of cardboard.
The Manchester Christmas Markets have also introduced a food waste collection service for traders, as well as insisting on biodegradable food containers and cutlery, and recycling facilities have been placed across the 10 market sites.
Traders have also been asked to source produce locally to limit the carbon miles of the event.
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Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “We all know that if I had my way the Christmas Markets would be open until Easter and we would be enjoying the smells of the markets along with our chocolate eggs. Unfortunately, I don’t have my way, so there is only a few days left to get your Christmas Market fill for another year.”
“I’ve never known weather like it and the markets have been battered by rain, but that hasn’t stopped people enjoying the festive season and getting in to the spirit of Christmas. We hope to see you for one last Bratwurst this weekend!”
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