Christmas in Manchester and the North
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Christmas in Manchester and the North

Creative Tourist

Christmas 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

  • 1. Christmas Theatre and Concerts

    christmas theatre and concerts in manchester and the north
    A Christmas Carol at Liverpool Playhouse. Photo by John Hunter for RULER | Illustrations by Chris Riddell

    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.

  • 2. Christmas Shopping

    Christmas shopping in Manchester
    Faye Wei Wei Print at CFCCA. Photo by Joe Smith

    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.

  • 3. Family things to do at Christmas

    The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

    Our guide to the best things to do with kids this Christmas to keep little and big giddy-kippers out of trouble (and the selection box).

  • 4. Christmas Food and Drink

    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.

  • 5. New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North

    new years eve in manchester and the north
    NYE 2015 at the Kazimier. Photo: Mina Bihi.

    The New Year is celebrated with pizzazz almost everywhere in the world, and the North is no exception. Here’s our guide to the very best events in Manchester and the North in 2018.

Things to do right now

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Cinema 2 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Peterloo at HOME

Cinema 9 November–13 December 2018, from £5

Widows at HOME

Families 6–15 December 2018, from £6

Black Beauty at Z-arts

Activity 24 November–15 December 2018, from £4

World of Music at Band on the Wall

PAPER Gallery in Manchester presents Tim Ellis - Cypher
Exhibitions 10 November–15 December 2018, FREE

Tim Ellis: Cypher at PAPER Gallery

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli
Theatre 30 November–16 December 2018, from £35.00

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli

Red Squirrel at Lightwaves
Festivals 7–16 December 2018, FREE

Lightwaves 2018 at The Quays

Families 12–18 December 2018, from £12.5

Dear Santa at The Atkinson

Cinema 3 November–18 December 2018, from £6.8

Comedy Genius at Showroom, Sheffield

Re: work at The Holden Gallery
Exhibitions 5 November–19 December 2018, FREE

Re: work at The Holden Gallery

RNCM Autumn Season Creative Tourist
Music 6 September–19 December 2018, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season