Sights To See In Manchester This Christmas and New Year

 Christmas is nearly here...time to get into the festive spirit. What better way to fill yourself with cheer than to partake in some of the very best Christmas themed events that Greater Manchester has to offer?

From Santa to shopping, pantos to puddings, you’ll find everything that you need to get you into a jolly mood. So, join us as we take a look at the sights to see in Manchester this Christmas and New Year...



It’s All About The Kids

When it comes to Christmas, we’re all kids at heart - Oh, no we aren’t...Oh, yes we are! Make it special by taking your (not so) little ones to see some of the best loved pantomime stories starring well-known stars of stage and screen throughout Greater Manchester:

Aladdin, Manchester Opera House - starring John Thompson; Sherrie Hewson.

Jack and the Beanstalk, Middleton Arena - starring Alex Reid

Peter Pan, Stockport Plaza - starring John Altman (aka Eastenders’ Nasty Nick Cotton)

Dick Whittington, The Great Big Bolton Panto, Macron Stadium - starring Keith Chegwin and Roxanne Pallett

Siege of Christmas, Contact, Manchester - original immersive performance

 Wow! Said The Owl, HOME, Manchester - aimed at children aged 2yrs - 5yrs




Shop ‘Til You Drop

Manchester’s Christmas Markets are touted to be the best in the country, offering up to 300 stalls across 10 sites: Albert Square, Brazennose Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Street, New Cathedral Street, The Corn Exchange,  King Street,  Market Street, Exchange Square and Cathedral Gardens. This year you’ll find the stalls mixed in among the usual fun activities such as an ice rink, carousel, helter skelter and Santa sleigh ride.

There are plenty of other ways to splash your Christmas cash, too. Whether you prefer traditional retailers at the Trafford Centre or something a bit different, here are a few other places you could look for that elusive present for the man or woman who has everything:

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Castlefield Market

Ramsbottom Market

Tameside Market


Meet The Big Man

It’s not fair that you should have all the responsibility for Christmas gifts when Santa himself can lend a hand. Take your little folks to visit the bearded chap and his band of elves at one of dozens of grottos throughout the region. Here are just a few of of the locations where Father Christmas can be found:

Bolton Winter Festival

Chill Factore

Winter Wonderland

Manchester Arndale

Newbank Garden Centres - Radcliffe or Royton


Laugh Your Christmas Socks Off

Why should Santa have all the fun? Get your own Ho-Ho-Ho! at the Comedy Store. Shows run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays up to and including Christmas Eve. With 2 shows running back to back at the weekends and an after show party until the small hours, you can dance the night away with a smile on your face.

The New Year’s Eve celebrations kick off at 9pm (6pm for an early show) with a line up of 5 comedians, followed by a night of revelry on the dance floor from 11pm.

A Feast of Festive Fayre

And when you’re all spent up, laughed out and not quite feeling your elf, re-charge your batteries with a little refreshment at one of Greater Manchester’s fantastic eateries. Christmas and New Year menus are rife at this time of year so we’ve chosen a few restaurants with a different twist on the traditional offerings so that when Christmas finally comes around, that turkey won’t be an unwelcome sight:

Zouk Tea Bar & Grill - Chester Street, Manchester M1 5QS

Fat Olive - 13 Upper Dicconson Street, Wigan WN1 2AD

Glamorous Chinese Restaurant - Oldham Road, Ancoats M4 5HU

Puccini’s - 141 Katherine Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne OL6 7AW

Mr Cooper’s House and Garden - Midland Hotel, Peter Street, Manchester M60 2DS

Nutter’s Restaurant - Edenfield Road, Rochdale OL12 7TT


This tiny taster of Greater Manchester’s seasonal offerings has no doubt got you in the festive mood. So, grab yourself a System One Travelcard and start touring the region by bus, tram and train today. Who knows how many Christmas sights, sounds and tastes you’ll be able to squeeze in before 2017!

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