News/28 Nov 2019

Where to shop this Christmas in Manchester

If you’ve not started your Christmas shopping yet or are still searching for that perfect gift for someone, there’s no need to panic – we’ve all been there!

It has to be said Manchester’s shopping scene is one of the best in the UK, and if you look in the right places, you can pick up a gift for even the fussiest of friends or family!

So if you fancy heading out to the shops (with a stop-off at the Christmas markets for a hot sangria and bite to eat en route) here’s our guide on where to go…

Manchester’s Christmas markets

You’ll find over 300 stalls dotted around the city across multiple sites with gift ideas to suit a range of budgets – not forgetting loads of food and drink stalls to keep you fuelled and feeling festive. Whether it’s stocking fillers, a secret Santa gift or something a little quirky you’re looking for, you’re guaranteed not to walk away empty handed. From little trinkets and handmade jewellery to exotic foods and things for the home, it has it all.

Now in its 20th year, Manchester’s Christmas Market has expanded to a new location, filling Piccadilly Gardens for the first time. There are also market sites at Market Street, Albert Square, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, King Street and St Ann’s Square – oh and Cathedral Gardens where the family-friendly festivities are based.

Harvey Nichols, New Cathedral Street

If you’re in need of the perfect wish-list worthy gift to give this Christmas then look no further than the luxury fashion retailer that is Harvey Nichols. Think three levels of heaven with desirable designer pieces, cutting-edge accessories and must-have beauty products.

For the ultimate present for foodies, you can’t go wrong with a Harvey Nichols food hamper – you can even create your own this year!

intu Trafford Centre

Looking for the perfect Christmas day outfit? If you plan to spend a cosy morning in your new pyjamas or if it’s something a little more glam you’re after, intu Trafford Centre has you covered with a whole host of high-street favourites including All Saints, Zara, Topman and Topshop, Next, River Island plus many more.


Pick up a few presents before relaxing with a well-deserved festive tipple or two. Spinningfields is home to The Avenue which is packed with impressive flagships stores including Emporio Armani, Mulberry and Flannels. After a successful shopping trip why not refuel at one of the many bars and restaurants that surround the stores including The Ivy Spinningfields, The Refinery, BLVD, The Alchemist and Australasia to choose from.

We’re also lucky enough to have a huge selection of independent retailers here in Manchester offering something a little different this Christmas…

Rapha Clubhouse, St Ann’s Passage

For the ultimate gift for cycling lovers, head straight to Rapha where you’ll find a three-story den filled with cycling goodies such as vintage jerseys, bike-friendly city guides and ingenious gadgets that you didn’t even know existed!

Vinyl Exchange, Oldham Street

If you have a music fan on your Christmas list, you’ll be guaranteed to find something they’ll love in this iconic vinyl store, from the obscure and vintage to the classic and contemporary.

49 Hilton Street, Hilton Street

As many of us are becoming more conscious of where our products are sourced, 49 Hilton Street offer a collection of ethically sourced artisan homeware and accessories as well as contemporary clothing by Beaumont Organic.

You’re welcome shoppers!