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 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 been busy as elves 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.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Christmas Theatre and Concerts

    Christmas Theatre and Concerts in Manchester
    Image courtesy of Bourgeois and Maurice ~ Pleasure Seekers ~

    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

    sunny bank mills

    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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Cinema Until 8 December 2022, from £7.95

Aftersun at HOME

Elizabeth Gaskell's House garden. Photo by Chris Tucker
Literature Until 11 December 2022, from £4.50

Book sale at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre
Families Until 11 December 2022, from £27.00

Cinderella at Hope Mill Theatre

Music Until 17 December 2022, from £5

RNCM Autumn Season

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Literature Until 17 December 2022, from £7

Ghosts at the Old Library

Flecky Bennett’s HALLOWEEN 2018 Ghost Walk
Activity Until 17 December 2022, from £15

Flecky Bennett’s Ghost Walks

Cinema Until 22 December 2022, from £20.00

Backyard Cinema

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
Families Until 23 December 2022, from £5

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo