New festive cocktails, chocolate wine, Christmas menus, Ice Villages and of course – the famous Christmas markets. Phew! It’s all happening in Manchester this month, ain’t it?
And no exception to the rule, The Refuge have just announced their 2018 Christmas calendar, featuring a special festive selection of food and drink, music and art – and, for the very first time, The Refuge Christmas Carol.
When is it happening?
Housed within one of Manchester’s most iconic (not to mention beautiful) buildings, The Refuge Christmas Carol will start the countdown to the festive season on 22 November with the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir performing in the restaurant foyer for passers by on Oxford Road.
Resident Christmas Town Hall Crier, Luke Cowdrey will also officially turn on the festive lights and announce the launch of the Refuge Christmas Carol.
Expect a glorious undercover and heated snug area with a Christmas Carol Bar. Guests can escape to the outdoor courtyard to nestle in the heart of a hidden Victorian street, away from the busy city streets and hustle and bustle.
The outside space will see buskers singing festive songs after work in Waterhouse Way from 30 November then every Friday and Saturday until 22 December, along with Dickensian inspired town criers on 22 November, 1, 8 and 15 December.
On Sunday 2nd , The Our Kid Social is bringing family delights with a kids Christmas party hosted by Santa Claus himself, children of all ages can indulge in the seasonal festivities and engage in creative workshops.
Come the 8th December, Parrs Wood choir will be performing on Waterhouse Way, after bringing the nation to tears with their emotional rendition of the Ariana Grande song at the One Love benefit gig.
Across 14, 15, 16 December, The Refuge will become a cosy and fun place to watch two cult status Christmas movies, starting with Elf for adults at 8pm, expect a film screening with a twist, then the next day The Refuge will be putting an interactive spin on the 1984 classic film – Gremlins – showcasing an immersive cinema screening hosted by the LGBT Drunk at Vogue – in The Refuge Basement. The 16 will be Elf for kid, shown outside in the Christmas snug plus father Christmas will make another visit.
On to the food offering – The Refuge Christmas feast is a nod to Victorian Britain traditions – gathering all family and friends for great food and cheer for the soul. The festive set menu offers hearty and merry twists which are served in a sharing style.
For the mains, choose from the turkey Porchetta with cranberry and apricot stuffing or the Christmas “Ve”llington, a vegetarian option that will undeniably grace the Christmas table. Fall for the irresistible desserts, either the unforgettably indulgent chocolate fondue with churros or the flaming Christmas pudding blazed with brandy sauce.
We’re drooling already. You can find out more over on the official website here and to book email email@example.com.