From Christmas party outfits, to stocking fillers and gifts for your beloved ones, you’ll find everything in one place. With a quick trip to Manchester this Christmas, you will be able to cross off all the items on your shopping list.

Manchester  is a  paradise for shoppers throughout the whole year, but especially during the festive season, with the award-winning Christmas Markets located throughout the city centre, all your high street favourites, designer stores galore and quirky independent retailers stocking everything you or your loved ones could ever wish for. Such a great choice of shops can easily give you a headache and put off further shopping. But, don’t worry, check our suggestions below to find the best spots in Manchester to complete your Christmas shopping.

Shopping in Manchester

Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets

15 November – 22 December 2013

Every November the city centre is transformed by the bustle and excitement of the Christmas Markets and this year is no different. Follow the market trail and soak up the festive atmosphere as it winds through the city centre, passing through some of Manchester’s most picturesque streets and squares. Over 300 beautifully festooned wooden houses will tempt you with local and European gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys and don’t miss the amazing array of food and drink!

The Magical Christmas Fair

29 November – 01 December 2013

Get into the festive spirit and do all your Christmas shopping under one roof at Manchester’s new magical and spectacular fair. Head to Manchester Central for your Christmas gift shopping, where you’ll find hundreds of stands full of products that you will not easily find on the high street.  There will be a huge variety of gifts for everyone so make your list and buy all your presents in one magical day. The Magical Christmas Fair is not just about buying gifts, it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with live music, carols, bands and festive entertainment, plus a chance for kids to meet Santa and his friends in his candy cane grotto.


Lowry Outlet Victorian Christmas Market

05 December – 08 December 2013

100 festive stalls, Dickensian characters, brass bands, traditional carousel and more at this free, festive feast plus outlet shopping. This spectacular and magical event returns to create a traditional Christmas experience for all ages. Bigger and better for 2013, this four-day event will have the whole family feeling festive from top-to-toe. Completely free to enter, the market will feature more than 100 stalls selling the finest festive food, mulled wine and warm cider plus unique crafts and gifts.


Christmas shopping at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

01 December – 24 November 2013

For alternative handmade gifts this Christmas visit Manchester Craft & Design Centre (MCDC). Christmas at Manchester Craft & Design Centre will be bigger, better and more sparkly than ever before. This year the historic covered market building will be transformed into a winter shopping wonderland, packed with alternative handmade gifts, a programme of magical events, exhibitions and workshops running throughout the winter months.

If you wish to visit Manchester and explore it’s hidden gems, while crossing all the items off you Christmas Shopping list, get in touch with our team at The Portland Hotel, which is  just a five minute stroll to the Arndale Centre – the largest City-Centre shopping mall in Europe, with over 240 shops.

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