Manchester City Council

This year’s Manchester Christmas Market mugs have been revealed

As important to the festive season as tinsel and wrapping paper, the design for this year’s Christmas Market mug has been released.

Every year the limited edition mugs are snapped up in their tens of thousands with visitors to the markets eager to add to their collection.  (Image of the cups in notes to editors)

The mugs are used across each of the market sites and come in both a coffee and gluhwein edition. 

Visitors are asked to pay a £3.00 deposit, along with the cost of their drink, and they can choose either to take the cup back to a stallholder to reclaim the deposit or simply take it home with them as a memento. 

This year marks 20 years of the UK’s original Christmas Markets that started with only a handful of stalls in St Ann’s Square in 1999.

The mugs will be available – while stocks last - from the opening day of the markets on Friday 8 November until they close on Saturday 21 December (Albert Square open until Sunday 22 December until 4pm).

Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “When we first introduced our yearly Christmas Market mugs, never could we have predicted just how popular they would become. From the humble drinking vessel comes a festive tradition as important as mistletoe.

“We know people come back year after year to complete their ever growing collection, it will be with some excitement that we can finally reveal this year’s mugs.” 

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Manchester Christmas Markets

Friday 8 November – Saturday 21 December


Albert Square (Open until Sunday 22 December until 4pm)

10.00am – 9.00pm daily


(St Ann’s Square; King Street; Exchange Street; Exchange Square; New Cathedral Street; the Corn Exchange; and  Market Street)

In November 10.00am – 8.00pm   November 14th we will open until 10pm for the light switch on

In December 10.00am – 8.00pm




Ice Village - open from Friday 8 Nov through until Tuesday 31 December


Skate Manchester Ice Rink - open from Friday 8 Nov until Monday 5 January


Santa’s Grotto - open 20 November until Tuesday 24 December (please note the Grotto is not open Mondays and Tuesdays.)

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