Where to visit in Manchester this Christmas


We are now in December and the festive season is here. Manchester is one of the most popular cities to visit in the UK during winter. Whether you are a local looking for new traditions, or a newcomer eager to experience Christmas magic, Manchester has a lot to offer to make your Christmas memorable. Here is your guide to the top things to do in Manchester this holiday season.

Christmas Markets

You may already be familiar with the Manchester Christmas markets, as they are very popular during the festive season for locals and tourists alike. Manchester’s world famous markets have everything you can think of, from charming wooden chalets, seasonal treat stalls, handmade crafts, and unique gifts. The markets are scattered throughout the city, allowing you to explore the rest of what the city has to offer. If you fancy having a festive ice skate, take yourself to the Cathedral Gardens, where you can find yourself skating around the beautiful Christmas tree and lights.

Winter Funland at EventCity

For a family-friendly adventure, make your way to EventCity for Winter Funland – a spectacular indoor winter wonderland. Packed with fairground rides, ice skating, live entertainment, and even a visit from Santa Claus himself, it’s a festive extravaganza that guarantees smiles for all ages.

Glowing Gardens at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Discover a magical world at the Glowing Gardens of RHS Garden Bridgewater. The historic garden transforms into a luminous paradise with dazzling light installations, creating a whimsical atmosphere for an enchanting evening stroll.

Festive Theatre Productions

Manchester’s theatres come alive with special Christmas productions during the holiday season. From traditional pantomimes to heartwarming plays, the city’s vibrant theatre scene offers a range of performances suitable for all ages. Check the schedules for productions that capture the festive spirit.

Christmas Cocktails and Dining

Indulge in the culinary delights of Manchester’s diverse food scene with special Christmas menus and festive cocktails. Many restaurants and bars offer themed dishes and drinks, providing the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family for a festive feast.

Enjoy Christmas classics at the Candlelight concert

From the timeless ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ to the cheerful melody of ‘Jingle Bells,’ aficionados of classic Christmas songs are in for a delightful experience this month. Hosted at the Concorde Conference Centre, a truly exceptional venue with a festive atmosphere beneath the wings of an aeroplane, the event promises an immersive musical journey through beloved holiday tunes. Talented musicians will bring these well-known melodies to life, surrounded by the unique ambience of the venue. With the warm glow of candlelight enhancing the already stunning surroundings, attendees can expect a festive celebration filled with beloved favourites.

Hideaway from the cold in The Oast House Tipi

Seeking refuge from the cold? Retreat to one of Manchester’s numerous snug tipis or huts, adorned with the most festive decorations. Relax with a warm mulled wine, savour a seasonal meal, or simply unwind with friends in these cosy and inviting retreats.

As the curtains fall on another year, Manchester sparkles with holiday cheer, offering a multitude of experiences to make this Christmas truly special. Whether you are captivated by the twinkling of the lights, enchanted by the markets, or moved by the music, the city has something for everyone. To find out more about things to do in Manchester, visit Enjoy Manchester to discover the best that Manchester has to offer.

Thomas Jacob

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