Winter Breaks

Whisk yourself away for a city break in the UK this winter and enjoy the sights and sounds of Manchester. Snuggle up in cosy layers and breathe in that crisp city air as you explore our favourite things to do this winter.

Winter Breaks

Christmas Markets

Explore our Christmas Markets

There is so much to explore in Manchester at Christmas time! There is family fun, delicious food, refreshing drinks and brilliant entertainment awaiting you at every turn, with hot spots including Piccadilly Gardens, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, King Street, Market Street and Cathedral Street.

Our recommendations for your Christmas Market adventure:

  • Family fun: The Winter Gardens (Piccadilly)
  • Street food: St Ann’s Square and Exchange Square
  • High-end shopping: Cathedral Street
  • International cuisine: King Street
  • Christmas shopping from local sellers: Market Street
  • Ice-skating and entertainment: Cathedral Gardens (not to mention the famous giant Santa!)
Christmas market stall

Indoor Shopping

Where to shop in Manchester on a rainy day? 

Manchester is famed for many amazing things, and shopping is high on the list! With several indoor shopping malls, it is the perfect place for some winter retail therapy, so you can spend those cold, rainy days in a shopper’s paradise! 

Quayside MediaUK Shopping Centre: formerly The Lowry Outlet Mall, this is Manchester’s outlet mall with an immense 85 stores across two floors, and up to 60% off designer shopping for those label lovers! 

The Trafford Shopping Centre: this well-known retail paradise also offers several entertainment centres including a Sealife Centre, Odean IMAX and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, and not to mention over 60 restaurants. This makes it the perfect place for a full day out in Manchester, without worrying about the weather! 

Manchester Arndale Shopping Centre: the 240 shops in the UK’s biggest shopping centre should be enough to keep you busy when you come and visit our amazing city. 

Afflecks: venture to Manchester’s quirky side, the Northern Quarter, to shop for eclectic fashion pieces. From indie to heavy metal styles, people who don’t conform to mainstream tastes will relish this unconventional paradise! 

Book a room with us 

If you’re visiting Manchester for some retail therapy, be sure to book a room at Hotel Indigo Manchester. We are located in the heart of the city, in the middle of all things shopping. 


Manchester skyline reflection

Ice Skating

This holiday season, immerse yourself in the magic of Manchester, just a stone’s throw away from Hotel Indigo – Manchester Victoria. Skate Manchester is thrilled to announce the return of their enchanting outdoor ice rink in Cathedral Gardens. From October 27th – January 2nd experience the joy of gliding on the ice, surrounded by our stunning city.

Visit the official Skate Manchester website to secure your spot on the rink. Hurry, tickets are limited, and the festive fun awaits!

Why not stay for the weekend and enjoy Christmas Markets, Ice skating and much more.

Discount code: INDIGO20 – this gives staff and any hotel guests 20% discount off all ice-skating sessions for the whole season subject to availability. 

Visit Hotel Indigo – Manchester Victoria today!



Skate Manchester