Five Gorgeously Festive Things To Do In Manchester This Christmas

'Tis the season to be jolly (and drink mulled wine in a hot tub)

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The Christmas season almost upon us. And luckily, Manchester is an amazing city for Christmas stuff, with no shortage of Christmassy events to keep you busy during the holiday season.

Here's our pick of the best bits out there...

1. Christmas Markets

An obvious but very merry choice. The city’s Christmas Markets first opened in 1999 at St. Ann’s square. Fast forward eighteen years and the stalls have now spread across the city with locations at King’s Street, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Square, Market Street, The Corn Exchange, Brazennose Street, and the main hub at Albert Square.

The Albert square site will be open on Friday 9th November from 10am to 9pm daily whilst the other locations are open from 10am to 7.30pm in November and 10am to 8pm in December.

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2. Meet Father Christmas at Hamley's

Father Christmas is coming to Manchester this year, and what place to see him than at the famous Hamley’s toy emporium?!

Sessions can be booked between 1pm and 4pm and last one hour each, including a meet and greet with Santa and his elves, Christmas games and activities, snacks, and a goody bag of toys to take home.

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3. Magical Peter Rabbit Grotto at the intu Trafford Centre

From Wednesday 14 November, the classic characters will welcome visitors into Peter Rabbit’s warm and cosy burrow by a friendly woodland Elf who will introduce them to Peter Rabbit before he leads them on a magical adventure through his winter woodland.

The grotto has proven very popular every year, so to avoid disappointment families are encouraged to book in advance via the link here.

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4. Swan Lake

The famous ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich is running from Tuesday 20th November - Saturday 1st December over at Manchester's very own The Lowry.

5. Drink and dine in a Christmas tipi

Dive NQ are transforming their summer beer garden into a winter wonderland, complete with heated lamps, blankets, cushions, food and drink huts.

Launching in the Northern Quarter bar on Thursday 29th November until Thursday 20 December, they'll be open every day of the week except Mondays.


Annnnnd - last year's Hinterland looks to be on the cards this 2018 too - think woodland forests, hot tubs and mulled cider aplenty.

Watch this space ;)

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