Christmas Accessibility for Christmas in Manchester

General information


All Manchester Christmas Market stalls are 100% accessible, most are on street level and those that aren’t have accessibility ramps.  

Over the years we have improved the market experience for disabled visitors by introducing stalls designed with more space and reserved areas with priority seats for elderly or disabled people.  

This year, these spaces are:

Piccadilly Winter Gardens

  • Winter Tipi (heated, undercover space)
  • Pig and Barrel (heated, undercover space)

New Cathedral Street

  • Witchouse (heated, undercover space) 
  • Bar 3

St Anns Square bar

  • Tables under cover outside the undercover bar

King Street

  • French Bar (outside) 
  • Grumpy Moose (outside) 
  • Habas (outside, not covered) 

Accessible toilets

To make sure everyone can enjoy Christmas in Manchester without having to hurry home to the loo there are accessible toilet facilities around the city centre. 

These are: 

Winter Gardens, Piccadilly

This is a purpose-built accessible changing facility which includes adult weighted change bed, a shower and toilet, and an adult-weighted track hoist. Just bring your own sling.   

Mount Street

Changing Places toilet includes accessible changing facilities including an adult-weighted change bed, a shower and toilet, and an adult-weighted track hoist. Just bring your own sling.   

The following outlets have signed up to the City Centre Loo Scheme which means Christmas Market visitors can also use their facilities. These are: 

  • McDonald’s - St Ann’s Square 
  • Royal Exchange Theatre - St Ann’s Square 
  • Marks and Spencer - end of Market Street 
  • National Football Museum - Cathedral Gardens 
  • Arndale Shopping Centre - Market Street 
  • Cathedral Gardens - next to the Windmill 
  • Central Library 

Skate Manchester ice rink

The ice rink at Cathedral Gardens is fully accessible to wheelchair users every day (on and off the rink). 

Staff have been trained to work with customers with additional needs for all sessions. 

Recommended rest places

As regular visitors will know the Markets can get busy at peak times which can be overwhelming for people with additional needs. 

We’ve teamed up with partners across the city centre to offer a place to rest for people who need it. These are: 

  • Manchester Cathedral 
  • St Ann’s Church 
  • Chetham’s School of Music 
  • The Football Museum  
  • Central Library 

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