We’re all about adventure and light this month as we round up the top things to do with kids in the heady weeks leading up to the winter holidays. For things to do right now, head to Kendal Mountain Festival this weekend or dip your toe into the world of opera at The Lowry. Top illuminated, epic experiences are to be had as Chester Zoo is transformed into a magical theatrical sorting office, at Todmorden’s legendary Lamplighter Festival and Mossley’s Manchester legend-inspired Light Festival too.
Book now for some alternative Christmas shenanigans (check back for our updated list each week). Top picks include detective heaven with the Secret Seven, Siege of Christmas at Contact, The Bear at Waterside Arts Centre, and a Red Riding Hood like no other at HOME.
Here are our picks
For its festive outing, the RNCM Opera performs Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s twist on the Cinderella fairytale, widely praised for its wit and humour. This dramatic production continues the RNCM’s season-long French Connections series.
Manchester Camerata’s Manchester Festive Happening takes a gospel turn this year, with the AMC Gospel Choir joining the orchestra at the Albert Hall. Expect carols and hymns both traditional and with a gospel turn for a festive concert that should warm hearts.
Drag Queen Story Time with Divina De Campo then an after-story silent disco. An afternoon of fun, love, storytelling and dance using the tale of the lonely snowflake as a celebration of individualism.