Manchester City Council

Festive Cathedral Gardens: the Christmas wonderland for all the family!

Cathedral Gardens will be given a festive make-over this Christmas as the historic square is transformed with ice rink and traditional fun fair.

Cathedral Gardens will be given a festive make-over this Christmas as the historic square is transformed with ice rink and traditional fun fair.

Reprising its role as the family-friendly area of the world-famous Manchester Christmas Markets, Cathedral Gardens has grown year-on-year with bigger and better attractions, becoming a must for youngsters.

The ice rink will take centre stage for any budding Torvill and Deans to find their skates, open a week ahead of the Christmas Markets from Saturday 4 November (the same day as the Christmas Lights Switch-on) through until the New Year, Sunday 7 January.

Pre-booking is recommended:  or call 0333 666 33 66

Also open from Saturday 4 November, a traditional fun fair – complete with Ferris Wheel, carousel, swing chairs (known as a julienne swing) and helter skelter – will complete the magic.

And for those big kids, don’t miss out on artisan bakers George and Shelley’s Pie Shop and their range of warming mulled gins.

Or visit the Well and Spruce with their new espresso martinis, traditional hot meads, and superb hot chocolates. 


Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “The markets are a huge draw and we think visitors to Manchester of all ages should be able to enjoy our markets. Cathedral Gardens is a wonderfully calming place where the pace of festivities is a bit slower and perfect for kids of all ages… but that doesn’t mean your pulse won’t race on the ice rink and the fairground!”

Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “If you do have smaller Children there is nowhere better in Manchester than Cathedral Gardens at Christmas. There’s something for all ages… even the biggest of kids. Get the family together and enjoy the markets without the crowds of some of the bigger festive sites.”

Paul Minney, Managing Director of Pro Marquee Events, who brings the ice rink and fun fair to the city, said: “Christmas in Manchester is a wonderful time of year and it’s fantastic for us to be invited back. Cathedral gardens is the perfect location to enjoy skating in the shadow of the historic cathedral – it’s reminiscent of a Victorian Christmas scene – and we look forward to welcoming you on to the ice.”


The Rink at Cathedral Gardens

4 November 2016 – 7 January 201jDaily 11 am – 9 pm (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day)

Or call 0333 666 33 66


*A booking fee applies of £0.45 + 6% per ticket

Adult Ticket £10.00 + booking fee

Children’s ticket (age 4 to 16) £8.00 + booking fee

Proof of age may be required. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied on the rink by someone over 18.

Family Ticket £30.00 + booking fee

Admits 4. A family ticket admits 2 adults and 2 children, or 1 adult and 3 children



Prices for rides at Cathedral Gardens

Ferris wheel            £3

Swing Chairs           £3

Helter Skelter          £3

Carousel                 £3

Infant rides (Mini Miami Ride (mini train))        £2


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