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Record Breaking Saturday For Christmas Markets

Albert Square hosts more than 67,000 visitors in a day

Published on November 21st 2011.

Record Breaking Saturday For Christmas Markets

MANCHESTER'S Christmas Markets have had a record-breaking opening weekend. 

Even more welcome is that the liveliness in the Square and in the other market areas was complemented by sales in the permanent shops and stores. 

More than 67,500 people visited Albert Square on Saturday – the busiest day of trade ever seen on the square. 

The city council claim the visitors were able to take advantage of a new layout on the square which allows more room for people to enjoy a gluwein and a sausage.

Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: "We’re bowled over by the phenomenal numbers who are visiting the markets this year – people come from far and wide to experience Manchester’s magical Christmas. 

"We always pride ourselves in being the city that first brought European-style markets to the UK, and these numbers show that we are not only the first, but also the biggest - and the best. 

"In these difficult times, it is fantastic to see the markets bucking the trend. They have a vital role to play in attracting visitors to the city centre in the run-up to Christmas. If the opening weekend is anything to go by, we could be looking at the most successful Christmas Markets ever.”

Confidential can confirm that the markets were busy because we couldn't get in Albert Square at 4pm with a group of visitors.

To have almost the capacity of United's Old Trafford stadium shuffling around Albert Square in one day is remarkable. Even more welcome is that the liveliness in the Square and in the other market areas was complemented by sales in the permanent shops and stores. 

Indeed a number of traders, both in restaurants and in shops, have told Confidential how Saturday 19 November, 2011, was their busiest Saturday ever. In their history.

Everybody it seems was astonished by the amount of people visiting the city centre. It even drove the editor to the Renaissance Hotel for a meal - click here - because he couldn't find anywhere else to go. Oh dear. 

On Tuesday we'll look at the Saturday phenomenon in more detail.

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5 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 21st 2011.

Would be good to have a comparison with the Sunday. Before parking charges were imposed I bet there would have been higher numbers than Saturday...

the Whalley RangerNovember 21st 2011.

Went to the city centre on Saturday just before 8pm to attend a fantastic 'feuerzangenbowle'. No problem to find a parking space...thanks MCC!


Jemma FieldingNovember 22nd 2011.


Manc GuyNovember 23rd 2012.

How about an English market around St. George's day? Albert Square only, English booze, fayre and tat, with no England tops allowed. Maybe the council could divert funds from St. Patrick's day for it? Oooo...and a huge inflatable George and dragon on the clock tower. Marvelous!

Manc GuyNovember 23rd 2012.

I see the magic prices this year are £4.00 and £4.50 for drink and food! RIIIP...OFFFFFF!!!

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