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

Creative Tourist

Christmas in Manchester and the North comes but once a year, and after 2020’s snowed-in celebrations, it’s a joy to be able to make the most of what the region’s independent scene has to offer. Of course, with omicron on the rise, caution needs to be exercised while going anywhere right now, but assuming you’re vaccinated, masked and sanitised to the nines, we’ll dig right into our alternative list of things to do this holiday. From not-on-the-high-street Christmas Shopping to our top festive theatre and concert picks, we’ve been busy as elves pulling together our recommendations of things to do for maximum fun, minimum stress. And for those looking for an appropriately excessive Christmas gorge, our Christmas Food and Drink guide is for you. Dig in.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Christmas Theatre and Concerts

    Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! 2021
    Matthew Bourne's Nutcracker! 2021

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

  • 2. Christmas Shopping

    Photo by Dan Eden.

    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. Christmas Food and Drink

    The Ivy Spinningfields

    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.

  • 4. 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.

    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.

Things to do right now

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The Gruffalo at The lowry
Families Until 21 August 2022, from £10.00

The Gruffalo at The Lowry

The Jungle Book at Williamson Park
Families Until 28 August 2022, from £15.00

The Jungle Book at Williamson Park

Open Air Theatre in Manchester and the North
Childrens Until 29 August 2022, from £28.00

Stig of the Dump at Grosvenor Open Air Theatre

Activity Until 30 August 2022, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members) £1.50 for trail

The Lost Words at Quarry Bank

Festivals Until 31 August 2022, from £9.95

Flying Fighters of Taiwan at HOME

Great Northern Sandpit
Families Until 31 August 2022, FREE

The Great Northern Sandpit

Activity Until 31 August 2022, from £40

Northern Quarter Taster Walk with Manchester Food Walks

Activity Until 31 August 2022, from £0.00

Tours in Chester