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Family things to do at Christmas

Gemma Gibb, Families Editor

Excitement is high …even the scrooges among us have to admit that the winter holiday with little people around is a whole lot of magic and wonder. This time of year can also be the blinking busiest so fear not, there’s loads of family things to do at Christmas and we’ve rounded up the top happenings in Manchester and the North, just for you.

Here are our picks

  • 1. People’s History Museum

    People's History Museum Manchester
    Image courtesy of the People's History Museum.

    People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3ER - Visit now

    Winner of the 2017 Family Friendly Museum of the Year award, the People’s History Museum in Manchester is bursting with stories that will inspire all the family; with plenty of hands-on fun for younger ones.  It is open throughout the Christmas holidays (apart from 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January).  Entry is free with a suggested donation of £5.

  • 2. Science and Industry Museum

    Jonty Wilde

    Science and Industry Museum, Liverpool Road, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 4FP - Visit now

    It’s all about the magic of light this holiday at Manchester’s interactive Museum of Science and Industry. Explore the permanent collections and conduct experiments galore. Or take part in electric Science Showdowns, make Phone Top Theatre and your own Kaleidoscopes. It is open daily (apart from 24 – 26 December and 1 January).

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Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
Families 24 November 2018–19 January 2019, from £15.00

Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto: The Snow Queen at Liverpool Everyman

Cheese Making at Food Sorcery
Activity 19–20 January 2019, from £100

Cheese Making at Food Sorcery

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA Manchester
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Mandy Barker: Hong Kong Soup at CFCCA

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA
Exhibitions 12 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

Charwei Tsai: Bulaubulau at CFCCA

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–20 January 2019, FREE

ReFrame at Manchester Art Gallery

Cinema 7 December 2018–20 January 2019, from £5

Slapstick Film Season at HOME

HOME at Christmas
Festivals 13 December 2017–20 January 2019,

HOME at Christmas

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME
Festivals 11–26 January 2019,

PUSH Festival 2019 at HOME

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery
Exhibitions 29 September 2018–27 January 2019, FREE

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery

Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester
Food and Drink 1 November 2018–1 February 2019, from £30

Craft Beer Tour Around Manchester

Exhibitions 12 January–1 February 2019, FREE

Motion Sickness at STOCK Gallery

The Producers - A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange
Music 30 November 2018–2 February 2019, from £10.00

The Producers – A Mel Brooks Musical at the Royal Exchange