You’ve survived another Christmas day, the dinner’s a thing of the past and now it’s just Boxing Day to get through. It’s the home stretch and we’ve got you covered for last-minute activities to keep everyone busy.
1. Heaton Park
Easily one of Manchester’s most beautiful spots, Heaton Park is a great place for the kids to take out the new bikes or for dad to play goalkeeper as the new football boots are tested out. Hell, there’s even a golf course for anyone who’s been treated to a new set of clubs over the festive period.
2. Get down the pub
The stress is just about over, the kids are happy with their presents, and there are enough Christmas dinner leftovers to allay fears about cooking for the night. So get down to your local and take a well-earned break – you deserve it, after all it’s only 364 days until it happens all over again.
3. Paint the town red
Boxing Day is one of the biggest and busiest nights of the year for Manchester, with thousands taking their Christmas money and pumping into one of Mancunia’s favourite pastimes; drinking. Everyone’s in great spirits and pretty much everywhere is open so round up the gang.
4. Hit the Northern Quarter sales
Manchester’s got one of the most diverse shopping experiences in the UK, especially thanks to the independent traders spread around the Northern Quarter who also slash their prices on Boxing Day. With a huge array of one-off items spread around the city, there are more than a few gems to be had, all whilst supporting the little guy.
5. Stay in and relax
Don’t pretend you’re not even a little bit tempted to get hold of the little ones’ new Xbox and show them who’s boss. Sometimes the best days are spent doing not really that much at all. So get the fire on, put your feet up, carry on stuffing your face and laughing with loved ones.
6. Watch the football
Manchester United are hosting an on-form Burnley at Old Trafford if you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a ticket. Or watch it in the pub – one of the most packed schedules in the Premier League season, Boxing Day always provides one of the most entertaining sporting days of the year.
7. Go to the theatre
Boxing Day is a huge one for pantomimes and there’s some bloody crackers on this year – Elf is at The Lowry and Dick Whittington featuring The Krankies and John Barrowman is at The Opera House. There’s plenty of classics and ample opportunities to boo and hiss at the panto villains.