Road closures will be in place this Sunday during the city's first-ever Manchester Christmas Parade

Details of temporary road closures, changes to Metrolink timetables, and on-street parking have been announced ahead of this weekend's first-ever Manchester Christmas Parade, which takes place this Sunday 11 December at 1 pm.

The magical parade will see more than 200 parade participants take to the streets and weave their way through the city centre in a magical parade filled with all the sights, sounds and sparkle of Christmas - all led by the big red man himself, Santa Claus. Think Candy Cane stilt walkers, Runaway Presents, Christmas Elves, and Dancing Snowmen.  Add in some cheeky Cocky Robins, a Giant Reindeer, an Arctic Fox, Snowy Owl, silvery spikey Jacks of Frost, and an enchanting giant Snow Globe - and suddenly it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  And making sure it's jingle bells all the way with live music, moves, and sounds will be the Bloco Band playing Santa's favourite Christmas songs to get everyone in the festive mood, along with dancers dressed in their sparkly best Christmas kit. The Parade will set off at 1 pm from Deansgate at the junction with Blackfriars Street on a circular route that will see it travel south along Deansgate, before turning left onto St Ann's Street, then left onto Cross Street.  It will then travel down Cross Street, past Boots and the Royal Exchange Theatre, before turning left onto Market Street, going past Marks and Spencer, and along St Mary's Gate to Deansgate - finishing where it started at around 2 pm.

There will be an accessible viewing point for anyone who needs it outside Boots on Cross Street - with spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Road closures

These roads will be closed for part of the day as listed.

10am to 4pm:

      Victoria Street

11am to 2.30pm:

      St Mary's Gate (Cross Street to Deansgate)

      Deansgate ( Victoria Street to John Dalton)

      St Ann's Street (St Mary's Street to Cross Street)

      Cross Street (Albert Square to Market Street)

Access to the Marks and Spencer's carpark will be managed as much as possible via Victoria Bridge Street, but there will be two periods of approximately 20 minutes when we'll have to pause this.


Changes to Metrolink services on Sunday 11 December

There will be a suspension of the Second City Crossing route (St Peter's Square, Princess Street, Albert Square, Cross Street and Corporation Street) between 12.30pm and 2pm on Sunday with no trams travelling through Exchange Square during this time.


Changes to on-street parking Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 December

There will be on-street parking suspensions from 9pm on Saturday 10 December until 2pm on Sunday 11 December on the following streets:

      Market Street and St Mary Gate (Cross Street to Deansgate)

      Deansgate (Victoria Street to John Dalton)

      St Ann's Street (St Mary's Street to Cross Street)

      Cross Street (Albert Square to Market Street)

      Cateaton Street

      St Mary’s Street

      Victoria Street


Find out more about the Manchester Christmas Parade here

Find out more about Christmas in Manchester here



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