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Manchester Christmas Market 2020
Manchester Christmas Market 2020

Manchester Christmas Market 2020 has officially been cancelled!

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Manchester Christmas Market has been called off following months of rumours as to whether the huge event would go ahead. The council has kept the festivities ‘under review’ and explored options for months but has today decided to cancel the markets altogether.  

This is how the people in Manchester will celebrate instead  

The latest plans were for three single-row markets at Piccadilly Gardens, modelled on the regular Markets. The markets, which would usually be kicking off in the coming weeks, attract tens of thousands of people to the city every year.  

This year’s Christmas lights switch-on event, New Year’s Eve fireworks and Bonfire Night celebrations have all also been called off.  

Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson has said today that even the smaller markets did not meet public health approval and that the council ‘could never take any risks’ with people’s well-being.  

 What Karney has said about this matter

“We’ve cancelled everything. It is not met our commercial and public health tests, so the three markets in those locations have been cancelled and will not take place. 

“Consideration was also given to the possibility visitors might not follow to the social separation rules and behave in ways that they have been used to in the past. “Under no circumstances did we want the Christmas market to become a place that promotes the pandemic.” 

 “It was a million miles from the traditional Christmas Markets”, which people are excited for. 

“Wall-to-wall markets was never part of our planning on it, we’re not that silly“. 

“The health of all of us, we could never take any risks with that”. 

The event usually attracts traders from right across Europe, but with travel restrictions still in place for many countries, it is not clear if welcoming international traders would be possible. 

Crowd control would also be a factor to be considered, with the markets notoriously busy due to their popularity. The latest from the council says that the event stays under review. Coun Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: 

“Christmas in Manchester is something that people from across the world look forward to every year”. 

“We are still thinking about what is OK in line with the most up to date advice because it would give us a better insight. And we hope we can announce some details soon.

 We asked M.E.N. readers what they think on Facebook too, where opinion was more divided. Here are some of the arguments for and against the markets returning in 2020. 

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