Nowadays we’re used to fighting our way through the bustling Christmas Markets but how did Christmas look in Manchester in years gone by?

Many things have changed over the decades but Manchester’s Christmas spirit has always remained the same.  Arguably the biggest difference has been seen this year with the relocation of Santa aka Zippy from Manchester Town Hall to Trafford Park as the town hall undergoes full restoration.

Manchester Town Hall 1932

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis’s Department Store (Now Primark) 1949

 

Carol Concert at Piccadilly Gardens 1958

 

Market Street 1962

 

Albert Square 1970

 

Piccadilly Gardens 1984

 

Town Hall Clock 1986

 

Arndale Centre 1987

 

Christmas lights at the Town Hall 1991

 

Albert Square 1992

 

Christmas lights at the Town Hall 2004

 

Manchester Town Hall 2018

 

Santa’s relocation to Kellogg’s, Trafford Park 2019

 

St Peter’s Square 2019

 

 

(Images: Manchester Local Image Archive (images.manchester.gov.uk)