If you pop down to the market this weekend and found yourself enjoying the festive tunes in the air, say a big thank you to none other than Andy Burnham.

In normal times, we would have a whole load of Christmas-themed entertainment going on at our December markets: bands, carol singers, street magicians, fun for the kids. Sadly, for reasons you’re probably all too familiar with by now, none of that is possible this year.

So the Manchester Mayor has personally put together a playlist of songs for us, featuring some festive faves as well as showcasing some of the musical talent Manchester is known for. You can listen while you shop and also bring the market party into your home by listening on Spotify.

If you do take a trip to the market in December, please do also say thank you to Andy B by making a donation to the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity which raises money for important causes across our city region, in particular rough sleeping and homelessness.