Christmas in Manchester 2016

Manchester Christmas Markets

10 November – 20 December 2016

Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets. The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere.

The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station

November – December 2016

After a number of successful events hosted at London Road, the team behind the space have announced its latest project, The Winter Gathering, which will see the stunning buildings and courtyard – opposite Piccadilly train station – transformed into a magical winter market, featuring an ice skating rink, street food stalls, bars, an art space and a programme of live music and DJs.

Lanterns at Chester Zoo

25 November – 23 December 2016

This year’s event is even more magical than ever, with giant animal lanterns, new characters and lanterns to enjoy. Take the zebra crossing through a constellation of stars and stroll through the enchanted forest. You’ll meet the colourful festive characters and catch a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh – the perfect Christmas outing for all generations.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The Lowry

6 December 2016 – 15 January 2017

One of the world’s favourite musicals, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of madness, intrigue and exuberance. Starring Jason Manford as  Caractacus Potts, Claire Sweeney as Baroness Bomburst, and Phill Jupitus as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst.

Lightwaves at Salford Quays

9 – 18 December 2016

Featuring a brand new large-scale commission, exciting new work from emerging artists, presentations of incredible work from across the globe and exciting workshops, Lightwaves 2016 will illuminate The Quays once more and bring light to those dark winter nights. All the installations are designed to be interactive, from the giant 3D maze and huge inflatable rabbits, to the brand new commission, Cathedral of Mirrors.

Aladdin at Manchester Opera House

9 December 2016 – 8 January 2017

With an all-star cast to be announced, the spectacular adventure is full of magic and mystical tales of a foreign land, guaranteed to make memories the whole family will treasure. Don’t miss this gem of a show. Expect genies by the lamp-load, belly-busting comedy, bags of family fun, audience participation, pantoland’s biggest, most boo-able baddie and, just maybe, a real flying carpet.

National Football Museum

Whether visitors are die-hard football fans, planning a visit with the family or on a weekend break to the great city of Manchester, enjoy a visit to the world’s biggest and best football museum as part of the perfect football fixture. Come face to face with famous items including the ball from the 1966 World Cup final and iconic shirts worn by Bobby Moore, Diego Maradona, Pele and many more.

Manchester Art Gallery

One of the country’s finest art collections in spectacular Victorian and contemporary surroundings. The gallery’s £35 million transformation has enabled the collection to be presented to visitors in imaginative new ways. Highlights include outstanding pre-Raphaelite paintings, craft and design and early C20th British art.

Museum of Science and Industry

Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, the Museum of Science and Industry truly is a museum for everyone. Kids, big and small will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions, while the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery is enthralling.

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