Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas

Shekina Rose, Families Editor
Horrible Christmas: Horrible Histories at The Bridgewater Hall
Horrible Histories at the Bridgewater Hall

Horrible Christmas: Horrible Histories at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 26 December 2023 Tickets from £21.50 — Book now

This festive season it’s time to learn about what Christmas is really all about, in a family celebration of Christmas the horrible way at Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas at The Bridgewater Hall.

This is your chance to find out about all the true horrors of Christmas. Those facts about the special day that deep down you always wanted to know, but you were always too stuffed with joy and love and of course – turkey – to find out. Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas will gladly and without any holding back provide all the foul and fearsome festive facts for you to take home and tell all your friends. Expect yucky yules, manky mince pies, stinky stockings and lots and lots of pooey presents…

This hair-raising, eye-opening, and quite frankly horrific adventure in Manchester will take you through the history of Christmas as it really was! You will learn about the vicious Victorian villains and the mean Medieval monks, the pukey Puritan parties and the terrible Tudor treats.

You will laugh in hysterics and you will cry out in disgust at this hilarious, moving, yet absolutely YUCKY performance for families with children aged 7 and up to enjoy together, just before the long-awaited truly terrible Christmas day itself arrives. Forget sparkles, festive lights and niceties – this show will be packed with blood and gore and Christmassy facts that make you groan and feel sicker than you do at the end of Christmas dinner!

Featuring some familiar guests: Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII and St Nicholas – can they they work together with one young but very brave boy to save Christmas from a crafty jolly man dressed in red…?

Celebrate Christmas the horrible way, at Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas, at the Bridgewater Hall this December.

Horrible Christmas: Horrible Histories at The Bridgewater Hall, City Centre 26 December 2023 Tickets from £21.50 Book now

What's on at The Bridgewater Hall

Students playing in an orchestra
MusicOxford Road
RNCM Symphony Orchestra at RNCM

With June comes one of the RNCM’s annual highlights, as the College’s Symphony Orchestra takes to The Bridgewater Hall stage.

from £12.00

Where to go near Horrible Histories: Horrible Christmas

Manchester
Restaurant
Midland Tea Room

Dating back to 1903, Manchester’s stately Midland Hotel now has its own dedicated tea room. Expect traditional offerings in elegant surroundings.

Society Manchester
City Centre
Society Manchester

Society Manchester is a glorious indoor and outdoor space in the very heart of the city, with five street food vendors to choose from and a range of high-quality drinks.

Manchester
Restaurant
Friska

Latest branch of Friska, the independent healthy fast food chain.

Manchester
Restaurant
Don Giovanni

Traditional Italian restaurant, serving everything from pizza to steak. All this in a large modern venue with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Haunt MCR
Manchester
Bar or Pub
Haunt MCR

Haunt MCR is a speciality coffee shop and wine bar located on Manchester’s bustling Peter Street.

Manchester
Restaurant
Jaan

New food concept from the team behind Another Hand, based at Exhibition and serving up exceptional Persian cuisine.

City Centre
Restaurant
ONDA Pasta Bar

ONDA is a treat for the tastebuds. Long dark wood tables are shared by eager diners, as tapas-style plates of fresh pasta and other Italian dishes are ferried around the restaurant.

City Centre
Restaurant
Nudo Sushi Box

Nudo Sushi Box on Manchester’s Oxford Road specialises in freshly-prepared boxes of – you guessed it – sushi.

City Centre
Bar or Pub
Peveril Of The Peak

Iconic Manchester pub adorned with the sorts of bottle green, yellow and brown Victorian tiles that are a reclamation yard’s dream – this gem of a boozer is named after Sir Walter Scott’s novel of the same name and was a favourite hang-out of Eric Cantona.

What's on: Families

OUTDOOR ART CLUB AT THE WHITWORTH
Until
ChildrensManchester
Outdoor Art Club at The Whitworth

Enjoy fun and creative activities designed to encourage your little ones to play freely in the fresh air, while exploring nature and the outdoors with family and friends.

free entry

Culture Guides

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga
Cinema in Manchester and the North

From the latest installment in the Mad Max franchise, to silent movie masterpieces we highlight the best new releases and big screen classics showing near you this month.