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
John Rylands Research Institute and 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.