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Family things to do at Christmas

Gemma Gibb, Associate 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).