Now that Halloween has passed, the Christmas countdown can officially begin and with just under 46 days until the big day it’s time to check out what’s happening in Manchester this Christmas!
The Manchester Christmas Markets are always a big draw for the city – with many stalls dotted around Manchester offering delicious food, trinkets that make perfect gift ideas and don’t forget the hot chocolate (and gluhwein!). Walking around the city at Christmas time is magical and will certainly put you in the Christmas spirit! The annual Christmas markets officially open TODAY on November 9th and run until December 23rd. Don’t forget to pick up this year’s mug for a £3 deposit. You can either keep the mug or return it and get your money back… but why would you want to when they are the cutest mugs ever? Go and check them out over at I Love Manchester!
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The Snowman is synonymous with Christmas and the Hallé Orchestra will be showcasing the much loved film, accompanied live with the Hallé performing the beautiful film score at The Bridgewater Hall. A beautiful, magical family event that is not to be missed this Christmas! Catch the performances on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16 December – tickets can be purchased directly from the Hallé website. In the first half of the concert, take the Polar Express before joining the dinosaurs and presenter Will Padfield in the sludgy old swamp, as they romp with the Hallé. The performances have a run time of 75 minutes and are set to delight both young and old! Follow the Hallé on Twitter for further details on The Snowman and future performances.
The intu Trafford Centre in Manchester will once again be showcasing their annual Magical Christmas Parade featuring much loved characters from Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Shimmer and Shine, In the Night Garden, Teletubbies and many more on Saturday 17th November. Expect lots of fairy-tale music, beautiful dance medleys and festive magic as the captivating Christmas shows burst into the Orient with two show-stopping parades at 11:30am and 2:30pm. Father Christmas will also make a brief appearance as he takes a break from his time in the centre’s new Christmas grotto to appear in the procession and welcome the crowds to the Christmas event. Alongside the Grotto, the intu Christmas Wheel will be stationed outside the centre – check out the Trafford Centre’s event page for more Christmas events in the run up to the big day!
The Ice Village is a new feature coming to Manchester TODAY to coincide with the opening weekend of the Markets (9th November) – a totally interactive family friendly event this Christmas! With something for all, follow and marvel at the Ice Caves, visit Santa in his Ice Grotto, have a go on the Ice Rink and even enjoy a nice warming tipple in the Ice Bar. You can visit The Ice Village from the 9th November until Saturday 5th January 2019 in the Cathedral Gardens. This will be Britain’s first dedicated Ice attraction and albeit it will be awesome, it will also be cold so make sure you wrap up warm! The ice cave itself will be minus 10 degrees C… chilly! Can you believe a team of the world’s best ice artists began work in July to carve hundreds of intricate ice sculptures from more than 250 tonnes of solid ice? Such an incredible achievement and well worth a look around! It’s free to look around the Ice Village however you will need to book tickets whilst there, or online for the Ice Cavern, Santa’s Grotto and the Ice Rink.
Will you be heading down to any of the events listed? Keep checking back as more events are added in what’s happening in Manchester this Christmas!