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Free Things To Do At Christmas

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor

Despite being ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, Christmas can also be the period when you’re most strapped for cash (thanks to all that generous gift buying) and stuck indoors for long stretches with the relatives. But there’s no excuse for any Grinch-like behaviour. Here we’ve put together a list of just some of the many free places to visit and things to see and do over Christmas, that aren’t all just about Christmas – and won’t leave an even bigger dint in your wallet or festive spirit.

Here are our picks

  • 1. The John Rylands Library

    The historic Reading Room in John Rylands Library
    Image courtesy of John Rylands Library.

    The John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M3 3EH - Visit now

    One of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, drag the family along to this neo-Gothic gem of a library, which houses an incredible collection of rare printed texts (including preserved papyrus fragments, the letters of local author Elizabeth Gaskell and an original Gutenberg Bible) and offers a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions.

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Things to do right now

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Cinema 15–18 September 2019, from £5.50

MIF19: Sunset Boulevard at HOME

Visual Arts 20 September 2018–19 September 2019, FREE

Manchester Art Gallery Highlights Tour

Red Dust Road at HOME
Literature 11–21 September 2019, from £10.00

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A Taste of Honey at The Lowry
Theatre 13–21 September 2019, from £12.50

A Taste of Honey at The Lowry

Cinema 13–22 September 2019, from £9

The Shock of the Future at HOME

MIF19 David Lynch at HOME Manchester International Festival
Cinema 6 July–29 September 2019, FREE

MIF19: David Lynch at HOME

Exhibitions 6 April–29 September 2019, Quarry Bank admission prices apply (free for National Trust members)

Rights of the Child at Quarry Bank