29th Nov 2019

Make the Most of Christmas: Manchester

Lightopia Manchester

There couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the Christmas Activities in Manchester so you can really make the most of your visit to this vibrant city.

It’s always fun to explore new places we rarely venture to and the festive period often takes us further afield each weekend and gives us the opportunity to explore what’s on offer in a different city.

So, we thought there couldn’t be a better time to celebrate the Christmas Activities in Manchester and surrounding areas and to save you having to search for ‘Christmas Activities near me’.
To inspire you we have collated a list of everywhere worth visiting near our Manchester store so you can really make the most of your visit to this vibrant city.

Christmas Activities for Families

Lightopia Festival

Manchester’s Heaton Park is home to the brand new lantern and light festival which promises to wow all ages with its magical shimmering light installations that will capture the senses.

Lightopia Manchester

Inviting you to step in a world like no other with a spectacular Light and Water Show, 100s of lanterns, live music and performances and seasonal food and drink.

Running from now until 31st December, tickets are reduced if you book online here

Winter Funland

The North West England’s Largest Indoor Winter Wonderland is preparing to open its doors on 6th December ready to entertain and amaze with its Magical Festival Circus, huge indoor funfair and Santa’s Grotto.

You can also test out your ice skating skills on Manchester’s largest real ice rink and make time to watch the spectacular Christmas panto.

Winter Funland Manchester

Based at EventCity, opposite the Trafford Centre, the Funland is an ideally located fun experience for the whole family, and perhaps a spot of shopping in the mall afterwards.

All rides and attractions are included in the entrance ticket price so there will be no expensive surprises half way through your visit.

Book your session slot here

The Ice Village

The chances of us having a white Christmas are pretty low once again, but if you fancy immersing yourself in a truly wintry experience head over to the The Ice Village at Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens.

Step into the Ice Cavern to experience the interactive ice sculpture, wrap up for the new -10 degrees Ice Tiki Bar, then warm up with some skating on the brand new rink.

The Ice VIllage Manchester

Santa will be in his grotto while you’re entertained by live performers, ice sculpting, games and craft and market stalls.

Each attraction has it’s own tickets so find out more here 

Chill Factore and Snow Park  

From now until Christmas Eve you can experience real snow at Mini Moose Land and Snow Park and a magical Grotto experience.

Children (and most adults let’s face it!) love playing in the snow and this way you get to do it without having to drive home in treacherous conditions later on.

Chill Factore Manchester

For only £2.50 extra on top of the usual entrance price you can meet Santa and receive a gift, everything you need for a magical day out.

Book in advance before 20th December to save 10% on bookings with promo code Santa10 made here

Christmas Activities for Adults

Manchester Christmas Markets

There are several Christmas markets held throughout the UK, but has built up a fantastic reputation for its food, drink, gifts and crafts on offer.
Spread across the City Centre, there’s a downloadable trails map to help you get around.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Open until 23rd December, there is plenty of time to experience the joy of the open market with is traditional, gluhwein, German beers and 12 inch hot dogs. If something more exotic tickles your taste buds look out for cuisine from all around Europe while you take in the beautifully crafted toys and gifts on sale at more than 300 stalls.

There are also performances from live bands and choirs and even a bar in a snow globe to make the atmosphere sparkle even more!

Find out more about the markets here

Salford Quays

Always a popular destination with its array of Waterfront bars and restaurants, the Quays area comes alive at Christmas.

There is a full program of events under the title of Grinches, Festive Forests & Wintery Wizards: Discover the magic of the quays at Christmas!

The Grinch Musical

Arts and Culture are in abundance here with theatres, art galleries and light festival shows, there really is something for everyone to enjoy, find out more and book your tickets here


Other highlights around Greater Manchester, including Christmas activities for kids and families a little further afield are;

Chester Zoo has a lantern display this year

The National Trust has lots of events at their historic house and gardens across the North West

There are several City Centre Theatres offering pantomimes and seasonal performances so check out for what’s on at The Lowry, The Opera House, The Palace Theatre and The Met.


Manchester Store

We’re proud to be a part of Manchester’s heritage and our Manchester store is located on one of the main routes towards the city centre, with it’s own car park, free Wifi and a restaurant, so why not pop in for some home inspiration, a hot drink and minced pie, the perfect way to spend your day.



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