7 Things to do in Manchester this Christmas

Manchester has so much going on this year, with festive activities taking place all across the city. Events are booking up quickly, so it’s time to get your skates on if you’ve not booked anything yet!

1. Backyard Cinema at Depot Mayfield

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Movie lovers, this one is for you. For a limited 10-week run, Backyard Cinema’s immersive 330-capacity indoor winter cinema will be on the platform of Depot Mayfield. Audiences will be taken on a magical journey through tunnels of trees and magical doors that lead to the Enchanted Forest and home of the Lost Theatre. Curl up on giant beanbags, grab yourself a cocktail and enjoy your movie of choice. Backyard cinema will be screening a mixture of new releases, cult classics and Christmas favourites.

View the complete Christmas programme here.

2. Miracle on Cross Street

Miracle on Cross Street

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Manchester’s grown-up grotto is a bar experience like no other. Expect OTT decor, a cosy fireplace and as many mince pies as you can handle. Tickets cost £15 per person, which includes a mulled wine or Irish cream on arrival.

Make a booking enquiry here.

3. Manchester Christmas Markets

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Manchester’s Christmas Markets are now open! Get in the festive spirit as you explore over 220 stalls across the city centre selling unique gifts, foodie favourites and winter tipples.

Read more here.

4. Skate Manchester at Cathedral Gardens

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Skate Manchester’s outdoor ice rink has a brand-new ice path this year, so you can glide merrily around the twinkling Christmas tree whilst listening to festive music. Oh, and don’t worry about the British weather spoiling your skate – the rink has a roof!

Book your tickets here.

5. The Curious Teepee in Spinningfields

Teepee Spinningfields

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The Curious Teepee, set in The Oast House’s courtyard, is one of Manchester’s most atmospheric winter venues. With fire pits, faux fur throws, festive fairy lights and warming drinks, it’s the perfect spot to rest your feet after some Christmas shopping.

Visit The Oast House here.

6. Lightopia Festival at Heaton Park


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Check out Heaton Park’s Christmas light trail for a family-friendly adventure. The award-winning Lightopia has designed a new route this year, with dazzling illuminations and an immersive water show.

Book your tickets here.

7. Cruise with Father Christmas at Salford Quays

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There are still a few spaces left for the Santa Cruise taking place on the Manchester Ship Canal. The hour-long trip with Father Christmas and his elves includes mulled wine and mince pies for the adults, cookies and juice for the children and a special gift from the grotto.

Book your tickets here.

Win Festive Goodies

Festive treats

Our Head Elf is back – and he’s feeling generous. Visit our Facebook and Instagram page on Thursday 1st Dec (and every Thursday during the lead-up to Christmas) for a chance to win a selection of festive treats.