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Christmas across Manchester

What’s happening

The transport network is expected to be busier than usual over the Christmas period as there are a number of festive events across Manchester. Journey times are likely to increase during the run up to New Year, so you should plan ahead if you are taking part in, spectating or simply travelling around the local area.

Manchester Christmas Light Switch On takes place on Saturday 4 November. Stars on the night include DJ Sigala, boy band Yes Lad and the casts of the musicals Elf and Shrek. The event starts at 7.30pm but the event is always busy so make sure to get there early. Bag checks will be in operation so please if at all possible, leave them at home.

Manchester’s iconic Christmas Markets return on Friday 10 November until Thursday 21 December. They take place across the city centre and again bag checks will be in operation.

Manchester City Council has more information about the markets and the Light Switch On on their website.

Manchester Arndale is open seven days a week in the run up till Christmas. You can find more information on their opening times on their website.


  • Saturday 4 November: 7.30pm, Christmas Lights Switch On, Albert Square
  • Friday 10 November to Thursday 21 Dec: Christmas Markets, Manchester City Centre