Christmas in Manchester and the North

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Christmas in Manchester and the North comes but once a year, and it’s a great time make the most of what the region’s independent scene has to offer. From not-on-the-high-street Christmas Shopping to our top festive theatre and concert picks, we’ll be as busy as elves soon, pulling together our recommendations of things to do for maximum fun, minimum stress.

For those looking for an appropriately excessive Christmas gorge, our Christmas Food and Drink guide is for you, and if you’re looking to party on the biggest night of the year, check out our round-up of the best-looking events for New Year’s Eve.

As and when standout festive events events are programmed, you’ll also find our top family and Christmas film picks below, as well as in our dedicated Families and Cinema sections.

Our top picks

Christmas Theatre and Concerts

With the big day approaching, theatres and concert halls across the North are pulling out all the festive stops. Here are our top picks.

Christmas Theatre and Concerts in Manchester
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Christmas Shopping

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.

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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.

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New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North

From warehouse raves to live funk and soul, vegan street food to fancy dining, here’s our guide to New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North.

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NYE 2015 at the Kazimier. Photo: Mina Bihi.

Winter Entertainment in Spinningfields

This year, Spinningfields plays host to a great number of fun-time destination events. This year there are a bunch of dance performances to check out, plus meet and greets, elves, a snow machine, and plenty more family-friendly things to do. The Oast House is putting on a rip-roaring show for New Year’s Eve, featuring the one and only Madchester stalwart, Clint Boon; plus you’ll find cake-making classes at Hey Little Cupcake and wine-oke sessions at Spinningfields’ newest venue, Provence.

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