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’ve pulled 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.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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.

Northern Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Leeds Grand Theatre
Image courtesy of Pamela Raith.

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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Festive menus

Don’t worry about the calories, the holidays are here and that means it’s time to eat, drink, be merry and overdo things to a shocking degree.

New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North

From warehouse raves to funk and soul events, games nights to fine dining experiences, here’s our guide to New Year’s Eve in Manchester and the North.

The Blues Kitchen by @SAMCORPHOTOS, courtesy of We Are Indigo.

Christmas Markets

We round-up the pop-up Christmas markets you should be heading to this festive season, if you’re looking for alternative gifts and an obligatory glug of gluhwein.

Photo of the festive display outside the Corn Exchange
Manchester Christmas Markets. Photo: Mark Waugh.
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Fringe Theatre in Manchester and the North

Check out our top picks of shows previewing in the North West before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the summer.

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