Trafford Centre’s long awaited Alpine Village has made its debut this week for the Christmas period, and has been greatly received by Salford families

The markets feature local food and gifts, including delicious Yorkshire pudding wraps that were famed at least years Christmas markets in Manchester city centre. Priced at £6.50, you can pick a choice of fillings ranging from turkey, steak, cranberry sauce or just gravy.

Fairy lights surround the whole market, making the entire village even more magical as benches line the middle of the village, offering places for families to sit and try the delights of the stalls.

The whole market feels like a scene from a Christmas wonderland film. The market is accessible for those with buggies and wheelchairs, making the markets more family friendly than those in central Manchester.

A bar sits at the heart of the village in the tipi tent, selling local beers, prosecco and mulled wine. Inside there are also fire pits to keep warm and even a table service restaurant for the centers favourite eateries. A stage sits above the seats which will feature musical performances from December 8th-11th.


The Christmas Big Wheel has also made its return to the centre, standing at 35 meters high and offering views over MediaCityUK and Old Trafford.  The wheel has become famous as an annual Christmas attraction with tickets priced at £5 per adult and £4 per child, and family ticket options available too.

The Alpine Village is located just behind the Grand Hall and has attractions for the whole family, including typical fairground games including hook a duck and a traditional carousel. The centre is also offering family events throughout December, including a Peter Rabbit themed grotto which opened last week.

Visitors to the village have praised the improvements to the Christmas attractions this year, crediting the diverse range of food and drinks encouraged them to visit Trafford Centre over Manchester’s bustling markets. Susan, 37, and her husband Nigel, 38, visited the village after seeing Facebook posts and said: ‘We’re definitely coming back here again with the kids. Like there is actually space for us to sit down and enjoy the food.’

The added elements for younger visitors and accessibility are credited as the key reasons why those have decided to visit. They can also tie in their visit with some Christmas shopping in the Trafford Centre. However, not everyone is a fan of the Christmas markets!


The Alpine Village is open 7 days a week till 11:30pm and is only around till the 31st of December so grab yourself some winter treats while you can!

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