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Manchester at Christmas courtesy of Visit Manchester

Wishing you a Merry Mancunian Christmas!

7 December 2018 |

Manchester is a city that knows how to have fun at any time of year – snow joke! Here are some of the stand-out events in Manchester’s spectacular Christmas celebrations.

Dr Dolittle the Musical, The Lowry
There are panto’s galore this time of year – but if you’re looking for something a bit special, you can’t ‘Dolittle’ better than this extraordinary musical at the Lowry in Salford. The title role of Dr Dolittle is played by the hugely talented Mark Williams (a.k.a. Ron’s dad, Mr Weasley, in the Harry Potter films).
 
From the producers of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Addams Family, this exciting production promises stunning visual puppetry, all your favourite songs and fun for all the family.
 


For more information and to book tickets, see here.
 
 
Lanterns at Chester Zoo
Illuminations and animals – what’s not to like about that! If you fancy heading out of the city, then head to Chester Zoo’s magical lanterns festival for a sparkly Christmas experience like no other, and the perfect treat for families looking for some festive fun.
 


For more information, visit the website.
 
 
“It’s a Wonderful Life” at the People’s History Museum
Prepare to have your heart broken, pieced back together and then warmed! The People’s History Museum, which is the national museum of democracy, are screening much-loved Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. We can't think of a more poignant and beautiful location for this iconic story of defiant cheer and solidarity, starring Hollywood legend James Stewart.
 
The event is FREE, with donations accepted (suggested donation £5)
 
For more information, see here.
 

Christmas Markets
Manchester boasts not just one but several Christmas Markets – including a French one in King Street, a German one in St Ann’s Square, and a ‘World’ one in Brazennose Street! Forget the hubbub of shopping centres for a day and head for twinkling rows of stalls, with their unique and often locally-crafted gifts. And even if you’re not looking for presents, it would be rude not to pick up a delicious mulled wine or hot chocolate, if only to keep your hands warm…
 

Photo credit: @NotReallyGeeky via Twitter

For more information, see here; to find out about Christmas Markets elsewhere in the UK, check out our top picks here.
 
 
Bolton Winter Festival
This town northwest of Manchester has more than enough going on to warrant a visit – from festival-style tepee bars to a huge ice rink in Victoria Square at the centre of the town. Good boys and girls might even bump into Santa in his grotto!
 
The fun ramps up on Saturday 8th December when the Mayor’s annual Christmas Fair takes place, promising music and entertainment, games and fun for all the family.
 
For more ice rinks, see our ice rink round-up

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