How to feel festive in Manchester

Posted Dec 11, 2019
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The most wonderful time of year has finally arrived! Manchester has upped their festivities in comparison to what we’ve seen in previous years. The expansion of the Christmas Markets out to Piccadilly Gardens and a new Father Christmas has given Christmas in Manchester a new lease of life.

If you hadn’t already noticed, Manchester has been slowly filling up with more and more Christmas shoppers over the last couple of weeks. Unless you enjoy fighting your way through the Christmas crowds, it’s worth remembering that Manchester is a huge city, full of beautiful suburbs – and what better time to escape the city centre to explore all that Manchester has to offer. 

Markets

We all know the beauty of Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets, but why not venture out this Christmas and explore Ramsbottom, one of Manchester’s most trendy towns at the moment. Only a short bus journey out of Manchester City Centre will bring you to their Festive Farmers Market, taking place on the 14th and 15th of December in the Town Centre. This two-day event will host food and drink stalls, as well as craft producers and artisan gift makers – so you won’t be missing out on any Christmas shopping. 

Want to stay a little closer to home? The Lowry Outlet’s Makers Market is back for the Christmas period with everything from food and drink to artwork and gifts. Whilst you’re there, MediaCityUKis a great place to escape the city centre crowds and feel festive with your friends and family. With an ice rink, light displays and pantomimes at the Lowry Theatre, it’s only a 15-minute tram journey from St. Peters Square!

Manchester Markets

Something a little different

This is Manchester, we do things differently here – a phrase we all know and resonate with. And at Christmas, this certainly doesn’t change with a plethora of quirky events happening over the Christmas period.

Heaton Park has been transformed into a brand new immersive and visually dramatic lantern and light festival, which promises to impress both adult and children alike. Lightopia will be at Heaton Park until December 31st, and tickets are available here.

Lightopia
Image: courtesy of Creative Tourist

For the first time on a UK stage, Dr Seuss’ Christmas classic ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’, will be at The Lowry Theatre throughout December. Hop on the tram and get in the ultimate festive spirit with this Christmas classic. 

If you’re not a big fan of Dr Seuss, Raymond Briggs’ classic animation ‘The Snowman’ will be shown at the Manchester Opera House.  This live version of ‘The Snowman’ has been thrilling audiences across the world, it’s a must see this Christmas. If you’re looking for entertainment that isn’t Christmassy, another must see this Christmas is situated just over the road from the Manchester Apartments office. X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke will be back staring in the hit musical, The Bodyguard at the Palace Theatre

Winterfunland is back at EventCity, opposite the Trafford Centre. As well as a gigantic indoor funfair, ice skating rink, Santa’s grotto and a magical festival circus, tickets to Winterfunland this year also include entry to a spectacular Christmas panto. Winterfunland will be at Event City until January 4th 2020. 

Winter Fun Land

Do you have any Christmas traditions around Manchester? Let us know what you love to do over on Twitter. Whatever your plans are this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful time celebrating the festivities and a wonderful new year. 

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