It’s time to open those advent calendars as the countdown to Christmas begins. December is an exciting month, with so many celebrations packed in. Christmas and New Year’s Eve dominate the lineup of events in Manchester, but December is hardly limited with things to do.
Kate Rusby at Christmas
IndieFlicks Monthly Short Film Festival - Manchester
Beat the Frog
The Comet Is Coming
The Midnight Beast - 10th Anniversary Tour
Poets of the Fall
We Were Promised Jetpacks
Angel Haze (Academy 3, Manchester)
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's Winter Woollies Tour: Salford (Kings Arms Theatre)
Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics
Gorton Philharmonic 2019 Christmas Concert with Carols
Alabama 3 ...A Celebration of Cold Harbour Lane
Rob Beckett - Wallop
Fisher Stevens as ELVIS!
Dan Reed Network | GUN | FM
We Love the 90's - Prime View
Shed Seven Official Manchester Aftershow Party With Rick Witter
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up
Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Jack Whitehall: Stood Up
Dirt Box Disco 10th Anniversary Show
Throughout the month, Manchester’s theatres also gear up to host young children and families with pantomimes. But if you don’t fancy seeing celebs in fancy dress, there’s many more family-friendly events going on. Children’s workshops, winter wonderlands and interactive exhibitions are in abundance over the school holidays.
As everyone prepares to celebrate with loved ones over Christmas, there’s also plenty of parties and fun to be had with friends. Work Christmas do’s, pub quizzes with mates on Christmas Eve, end of term parties and of course, New Year’s Eve’s mega club nights are all part of December’s traditions in Manchester. The city’s famed nightlife takes it up a notch at this time of year, featuring an endless programme for December.
Christmas events in Manchester
It’s not Lapland but it usually feels just as cold. But Manchester’s wintery weather just makes Christmas events that much more magical. The European-styled Christmas markets sell gifts, produce and unusual goods, and are one of the great places for after-work drinks. Theatres put on a range of themed productions, and you can often find Christmas classic films screened in special locations.
There’s so many Christmas events in Manchester, that we felt the need to create a complete inspiration guide. Take a look now.
Boxing Day events
If you want to ignore the frenzy of shopping in the sales but need a post-Christmas pick-me-up, Boxing Day has lots of events in store. From leisure activities with the family to classy theatre trips, Boxing Day doesn’t have to be a write-off in Manchester.
Get inspired this Boxing Day with our detailed guide to the holiday in Manchester.
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Manchester
Manchester’s nightlife is always exciting. Ever since the 90’s, the city has had a reputation for showing everyone a wild time. So on New Year’s Eve, if you’re looking to go out-out, expect to go out-out-out in Manchester. Great club nights are in abundance, so you’re bound to find something that pleases even the most awkward mate (we’ve all got one).
And if you want to escape the messiness, you can still go out. There’s lots of other options to choose from like fun comedy nights and classy theatre shows. Don’t ring in the new year with Jools Holland…again…
For more inspiration on what to do on New Year’s Eve in Manchester, read our curated guide.
Pantomimes and Theatre in December in Manchester
It’s behind you…oh no it isn’t. Pantomime season is just getting started. December is the most popular month to catch celebs back in action on the live stage. It’s also perfect for keeping the little ones engaged over the holidays, using up their energy with shout-outs. But if you find it all just a bit cringe, there’s still lots of other shows to see in December in Manchester.
Family events in December in Manchester
If you can’t imagine your kid, partner or whole family sitting in a theatre auditorium, there’s lots of other ways to enjoy together. Manchester always has great family events, and not all are about Christmas in December. From bowling to the cinema to recreational activities, you’ll find many family-friendly things to do. But if you do want something a bit Christmassy, there’s always Winter Funland…
Try our Family Events in Manchester guide for more ideas.