Manchester offers top entertainment throughout this festive season from Christmas markets, ice skating and pantomimes to unique group experiences so grab your coat and head into this amazing city for some unforgettable experiences.
Here’s some of our top suggestions:
Christmas Markets | Various Locations
Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets 2018 return this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.
Albert Square (Town Hall)
10AM-9PM FROM 10 NOVEMBER-20 DECEMBER
Albert Square holds the main market hub featuring the giant glowing Santa on top of the town hall.
Other locations: Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street, Exchange Street, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, the Corn Exchange, Market Street, and Cathedral Gardens
10AM-8PM FROM 1-20 DECEMBER
Ice Village | Cathedral Gardens
Set against a backdrop of snow-covered trees and twinkling lights, there is lots to see and do at the Ice Village including:
- Arctic Bar and Huts
- Ice Cavern
- Santa’s Grotto
- Ice Skating
Winter Funland | Event City
Winter Funlands spectacular winter wonderland 2018 experience takes place at Event City, Manchester opposite the Trafford Center featuring:
- Circus shows
- Ice skating
- Theatre shows
- Funfair rides
- Live reindeer
Wicked | Palace Theatre
4 DECEMBER 2018 – 5 JANUARY 2019
An ingenious and witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students.
Cinderella | Opera house
8 – 30 DECEMBER 2018
Join Cinders as she transforms from rags to riches, outwits her very Ugly Sisters, and, with the help of her best friend Buttons and one very magical Fairy Godmother, wins the heart of the dashing Prince Charming.
The Great Nativity Disaster | Salford
14-16 DECEMBER 2018
An unmissable Christmas show, depicting the nativity story as you’ve never seen before. The !Audacious Christmas experience includes an outdoor ice rink, Santa’s Grotto with a gift for all children, as well as beautiful Christmas markets.
Bar Hütte | Spinningfields
Christmas karaoke cabin pop ups booking for up to 10 people.
Whistle Punks | Deansgate
You’ll be slinging axes side by side against your friends or colleagues, hitting bullseyes and cheering on your mates. All backed up with great music and atmosphere and a chance to socialise between throws.
Escape Rooms | Various Locations
The aim of the game is to escape from a ‘locked’ room by solving riddles, searching for keys, looking for clues, and generally trying to outsmart the puzzles set up for you. Guide to all the best escape rooms in Manchester
Staying in Preston? Check out our guide to all things festive in the Preston area.
Riverside is conveniently located to serve both the Universities of Salford and Manchester, Colleges and Language Schools. Perfectly situated only a short stroll from the city centre and a wealth of shopping, entertainment and leisure amenities, it also has exceptional transport links too. This world class city is at your feet!