Find out the best ways to get into the festive spirit in Manchester
The Lowry Outlet Christmas Makers Market
How does working through your Christmas shopping list with a mulled wine sound? Jump on the tram to The Lowry Outlet for a dose of seasonal shopping and to make the most of Manchester’s makers. With everything from cheeses and chocolates to hand-made crafts on offer, you’re sure to find some original presents to keep your loved ones happy this Christmas. The Makers Market will only run for the first three weekends of December so get shopping soon!
Don’t forget to visit Santa’s grotto inside The Lowry Outlet itself too!
Find out more at lowryoutlet.co.uk.
The Cellars – Cheese and Wine Tasting
One way to get into the Christmas spirit is by sipping on some Christmas spirits. Head to King Street Townhouse for a festive foodie experience that promises to leave you feeling merry. Sip on rich reds and crisp whites along with artisanal cheeses from around the world in the hotel’s wine cellar. Find out more about your favourite tipples from King Street Townhouse’s expert sommeliers.
Book your tickets at eventbrite.co.uk.
There’s nothing like chilling out with a classic Christmas film when winter comes around. This year, ditch your sofa and head to Mayfield Depot for some movie magic complete with giant bean bags and blankets. There are some real Christmas crackers on offer at Mayfield from Elf and Love Actually to Die Hard and Home Alone. Tickets are £14.99 and family tickets cost £75 for two adults and two children with two hot chocolates and two mulled wines included.
Alpine Village at Impossible
Masters of immersive experiences, Impossible have done it again with their Alpine Village. Set just behind Impossible, step inside their festive tipis for a cosy, winter wonderland. After work, head to the Alpine Village for some chilled out tunes and a mulled cider around the fire pit.
Find out more at facebook.com/alpinevillagemanchesteruk
Walking with The Snowman
Fancy a family-friendly walk in the city with a festive twist? To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ famous story The Snowman, the team behind the Bee in the City trail, Wild in Art, have asked local artists to create twelve giant snowman sculptures themed around the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. The sculptures will go under the hammer in early December to raise money for BBC Children in Need. Take a stroll around MediaCity and try to spot all twelve!
Find out more at walkingwiththesnowman.co.uk
Christmas at The Creameries
Tuck into Christmas dinner with a difference at The Creameries. Founded by former Aumbry owner, chef Mary Ellen McTague and baker Sophie Yeoman, The Creameries has quickly become a Chorlton favourite. For the festive season, they’ve whipped up a menu of hearty dishes for us such as smoked mackerel, pheasant pie, and gold, frankincense & myrrh chocolates.
Book your Creameries Christmas lunch for £35 at thecreameries.co.uk.
Wrap up warm and head to Cathedral Gardens for a festive day out that the whole family will enjoy. Immerse yourself in an arctic experience, where you can get up close to frozen mythical creatures and beasts in the ice cavern. Travel deeper, and you will find Santa in his grotto, and good girls and boys will receive a gift handpicked by the big man himself. Finish your day with some laps of the ice rink!
Find out more at icevillage.co.uk