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 if you’re looking for alternative or interesting things to do over the festive period, you’re in the right place. From not-on-the-high-street shopping guides to our top festive theatre picks we’ve been busy as elves getting our recommendations of things to do for maximum fun, minimum stress together. Although we can’t guarantee that you won’t fall out with your mum/brother/best friend/boss at some point during the Christmas period, we can at least point you in the direction of some of the more interesting independent shops, markets and things to do. And if all else fails, head to the calm sanctuary of the gallery; our guide to the best exhibitions on now in the north is updated throughout the festive season.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Christmas Theatre and Concerts

    Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman
    Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: Sleeping Beauty at Liverpool Everyman

    Theatres and concert halls all across the North West are now selling their Christmas wares – and with the big day fast approaching, it is best to plan ahead as the top tickets sell out faster than Santa on a speeding sleigh.

  • 2. Christmas Shopping

    Christmas shopping in Manchester
    Faye Wei Wei Print at CFCCA. Photo by Joe Smith

    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

    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.

Things to do right now

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Writer Henry Normal.
Literature Until 24 September 2020, FREE

Word Central online

skyliner
Activity Until 27 September 2020, from £9

Skyliner: Alternative Tours of Manchester

Puffin Box
Music Until 27 September 2020, from £110

Puffin Box at Hilton House

gassing with the galdem
Activity Until 28 September 2020, FREE

Girl Gang: Gassing with the Galdem

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Science Learning at Home with Jodrell Bank

HOME Reopening Programme
Cinema Until 30 September 2020, from £5.5

HOME Reopening Film Programme

Visual Arts Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

eat the archive
Activity Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Eat The Archive at Manchester Jewish Museum

MAD walkers
Activity Until 30 September 2020, £36.60 for annual membership

Manchester and District Walkers (MAD Walkers)

Activity Until 30 September 2020, from £20

Circus House: Circus Online

Cinema Until 30 September 2020, FREE

Above The Line – September at YES