The fragrant wafts of sausages sizzling and mulled wine bubbling have returned to the city centre. That can only mean one thing – the Manchester Christmas Markets are back.
Naturally, the question on everyone’s lips is how much you’re going to have to shell out on food and drink for the most popular items this year.
To make sure you can plan for how much you’re likely to need to enjoy your day out (with a sausage and a gluhwein, of course), we headed out to find the average prices of the most popular items at the different zones of the market.
As a general rule, you’re looking at paying between £4.50 to £5.50 for the German-style sausages, frankfurters and currywurst across the markets.
The biggest? There’s a half-metre banger for a fiver at the Bratwurst stall on St Ann’s Square (pictured below).
Nothing summons the spirit of Christmas like the smell of mulled wine. And there’s gluhwein aplenty across the markets at the pop-up drinks stalls, served up in the famous Manchester Christmas Market mugs.
For gluhwein, you can expect to spend between £4.50 and £5 – but don’t forget to factor in the £3 deposit you’ll need to leave with the bar for the festive mug. The deposit will be returned if you give the mug back. Or you can take it home as a keepsake.
There’s also the option to add shots of other liquors to make it an even boozier gluhwein for £7.
There is also non-alcoholic gluhwein available from £2-£3.
Gin continues to rise in popularity, and new for 2019 there’s an entire I Love MCR Gin Trail for you to follow at selected bars across the markets.
It includes a range of smoking gins, using our very own strawberry jam flavour I Love MCR gin, at £6.50.
For a full guide to the gin trail, click here.
German biers, lager and wheat beers are popular across the markets, with prices from £4.50 to £5 for a pint.
Sparkling prosecco is set to be another big hit at the Christmas Markets 2019. You can have it with added glittery shots to make it a proper sparkly affair.
Expect to pay between £6.50 and £7.50 for a glass of the sparkling proseccos – that comes with a variety of different flavours and many with added shots of gin.
If you’re after a sweeter treat on your ramble around the markets, there’s a host of hot chocolate options at the main drinks stalls. You can get a standard hot chocolate with cream from £2.50 to £3, or a boozy version with your choice of Baileys, brandy, rum and other liquor shots for £5.
Dates and times
The Manchester Christmas Markets 2019 are open from 10am to 9pm daily and run until Saturday December 21st, except Albert Square which will be open until Sunday December 22nd until 4pm.
All other market sites opening times:
(St Ann’s Square; King Street; Exchange Street; Exchange Square; New Cathedral Street; the Corn Exchange; and Market Street)
In November 10am – 8pm, except November 14th when it will be open until 10pm for the light switch on event.
In December 10am – 8pm
ALL BAR AND FOOD AREAS OPEN UNTIL 9pm