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
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