Manchester's Christmas Spokesperson, Cllr Pat Karney responds to the news.
"Unfortunately we have had to take the decision to cancel the Christmas Markets this year. We would never put on an event that would put the health of Manchester people at risk and, following advice from Public Health, we don't feel we can put on an event that matches our usual world-famous markets while at the same time keeping the public safe.
"I know this will be disappointing to so many people and this is the first time we haven't had a Christmas Market in Manchester since 1999. Millions of visitors have enjoyed our markets over the last two decades and it has become one of the UK's most popular festive events, attracting visitors from around the globe. But we know people will understand that we cannot risk the well-being of the public.
"However, we are determined to mark the festive season at a crucial time for the city's businesses and the festive lights, light sculpture trail through the city centre, and - of course - our giant Santa will return to bring the spirit of the season to Manchester."