1. ITV Report

Manchester gets brand new Christmas tree the size of a house

The brand new tree will sit outside the Manchester Andale Centre Photo: Manchester Andale

Manchester has a giant new Christmas tree the size of a house.

The 25ft Christmas tree is located just outside the centre’s entrance on Corporation Street, overlooking Exchange Square.

Working against the clock, Santa’s little helpers spent 40 hours over five nights to install the tree and the rest of Manchester Arndale’s brand-new Christmas decorations.

Featuring over 75,000 thousand individual LED lights, the golden decoration scheme for 2017 was inspired by the Manchester Worker Bee, with honeycomb-style decorations featured throughout the centre.

Manchester Arndale’s Centre Director, David Allinson, said:

Manchester has so many fantastic festive pop-ups, including the extensive Christmas Markets and iconic Santa in Albert Square. Christmas trees are dotted around the city, but we were missing a large, destination tree like some of the other UK cities have. Each year we get lots of shopper requests for a tree, so we hope the new addition will make your photos of the area extra special. “We’ve also designed completely new decorations, and incorporated subtle honeycomb elements to celebrate Manchester’s heritage and complement some of the amazing pieces of Worker Bee artwork popping up across the city. We’ll be running a special bee-themed giveaway in December so watch out for that.”

– Manchester Arndale’s Centre Director, David Allinson

Manchester Arndale’s Christmas lights will be officially switched on in line with the city’s illuminated decorations on November 4.