Things to do in Manchester this Christmas

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People enjoying a festive night out at the Freight Island

Get in the Christmas Spirit with these festive activities around Manchester.

Winter Island

A Concept photo of Winter Island
Freight Island

9 November-24 December | Freight Island

Located in the heart of the Depot, Mayfield, Freight Island is well known for its mouth-watering food and live entertainment. But this year, they are bringing out the festive lights and delivering a bucket load of fun, food, and festive treats to keep us going through these long winter months. They are also bringing a jam-packed lineup for live entertainment and a dazzling immersive light and sound show called ‘The Twilight Trail’.

SKATE Manchester

An illistration of cathedral gardens ice skating

Running until 2 January 2024 | Cathedral Gardens | Book Now

Get in the festive spirit at SKATE Manchester this Winter! Once again, Cathedral Gardens plays host to Manchester’s most popular winter ice-skating rink. Strategically placed under cover, not even the notorious Manchester rain can ruin the fun, so don’t miss out and book your tickets now.


An overhead view of the TinsilTown festival.
The Trafford Centre

18 November-2 January | The Trafford Centre | Greater Manchester

TinselTown has a little bit of everything. Whether you like ice skating, festive flicks, magical funfairs, delicious food, or live entertainment, you’ll enjoy your time at TinselTown. The Big Wheel is also back at TinselTown this Christmas, so riders can enjoy the perfect lights and sights while soaring 50+ meters in the air.

GLOW 2023

A juggling performer at the Glow light festival 2023
RHS Glow

Until 30 December | RHS Garden Bridgewater | Greater Manchester

Let it Glow! Let it Glow! Let it Glow!

Prepare to be amazed by the spectacular light displays as you take an enchanted walk through the RHS Garden Bridgewater in Salford. Head down to this unmissable festive spectacle from 15 November to 30 December. You’ll also marvel at the light show by Jago Juggling, tuck into some festive grub at the Bridgewater Cafe, and tick off items from your Christmas shopping list at RHS Bridgewater Garden Centre.

For more information of GLOW 2023 click here.

Visit a Christmas Market

Manchesters Christmas Markets from above
Visit Manchester

Market Locations

Piccadilly Gardens | St. Anne's Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | Market Street | Corn Exchange | Cathedral Gardens

This year Manchester is uniquely offering a festive trail through 9 Christmas markets playing host to over 225 stalls. The route will take you from Piccadilly Gardens, up Market Street, all the way to Cathedral Gardens. Get in the festive spirit and head on this special Christmas market stall crawl!