Christmas in Manchester and the North comes but once a year… and if you’re looking for alternative or interesting things to do over the festive period, you’re in the right place. From not-on-the-high-street shopping guides to our top festive theatre picks we’ve been busy as elves getting our recommendations of things to do for maximum fun, minimum stress together. Although we can’t guarantee that you won’t fall out with your mum/brother/best friend/boss at some point during the Christmas period, we can at least point you in the direction of some of the more interesting independent shops, markets and things to do. And if all else fails, head to the calm sanctuary of the gallery; our guide to the best exhibitions on now in the north is updated throughout the festive season.
Here are our picks
Reliably festive, Manchester Craft & Design Centre launches a season of Christmas-related events and workshops. It’s also the perfect place to pick up unique handmade gifts.
Buy unique, handmade Christmas presents directly from a carefully curated selection of 40 stand-out independent designer-makers and artists at Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019.
Give the gift of Scranchester this Christmas and take the food lover in your life on a culinary tour of Manchester. Use the discount code CREATIVESCRAN (valid until December 20) and get 10% off gift vouchers which are valid for 12 months from date of purchase. Just tick the ‘purchase as gift voucher’ box when booking. Still not convinced? Read why we love Scranchester Tours.
Surely nothing says Christmas like a maths lecture? Dr Hannah Fry is here to prove just that! Started by Michael Faraday in 1825, The Royal Institution’s Christmas Lectures are always entertaining for the whole family.
Film Concerts Live! is proud to present Skyfall in Concert, the second instalment in the James Bond Concert Series, produced in association with EON Productions and Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios (MGM).
Theatres and concert halls all across the North West are now selling their Christmas wares – and with the big day fast approaching, it is best to plan ahead as the top tickets sell out faster than Santa on a speeding sleigh.
We’ve compiled an alternative list of gift-central suggestions to keep you as far from the hellish throngs of Market Street as possible this Christmas.
Don’t worry about the calories, the holidays are coming so that means it’s time to eat, drink, be merry and overdo things to a shocking degree.