Courtesy of MCDC

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.

  • 2. humansbeingdigital at The Lowry

    Machine with Hair Caught in It (detail) by U_Joo+LimheeYoung, courtesy of The Lowry

    humansbeingdigital at The Lowry, Manchester, 18 November 2017–25 February 2018, free entry - Visit now

    Are you hipster enough to enter artist Max Dovey’s Hipster Bar? Can you imagine what Armageddon smells like? Want to learn how to grow your own hormones? Head to The Lowry’s latest exhibition.

  • 3. Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

    Alfredo Jaar - The Garden of Good and Evil
    Alfredo Jaar, The Garden of Good and Evil, 2017. Courtesy the artist, New York, a/political and YSP. © Jonty Wilde

    Alfredo Jaar: The Garden of Good and Evil at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 14 October 2017–8 April 2018, free entry - Visit now

    What better place for a sunny winter’s day than Yorkshire Sculpture Park? Currently hosting a major solo exhibition by one of the world’s most politically engaging artists today: Alfredo Jaar.

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