Best Events in December in Manchester

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

Kate Rusby at Christmas

1 Dec

The Lowry

From£24.00

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IndieFlicks Monthly Short Film Festival - Manchester

Festival

IndieFlicks Monthly Short Film Festival - Manchester

2 Dec

YES

From£8.00

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Beat the Frog

Comedy

Beat the Frog

2 Dec

Frog And Bucket

From£6.00

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Dido

Gig

Dido

3 Dec

O2 Apollo

From£39.00

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The Comet Is Coming

Gig

The Comet Is Coming

4 Dec

Gorilla

From£19.00

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Midland

Gig

Midland

4 Dec

O2 Ritz

From£26.00

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The Midnight Beast - 10th Anniversary Tour

Gig

The Midnight Beast - 10th Anniversary Tour

5 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£37.00

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Poets of the Fall

Gig

Poets of the Fall

5 Dec

Gorilla

From£22.00

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We Were Promised Jetpacks

Gig

We Were Promised Jetpacks

6 Dec

Gorilla

From£17.00

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Angel Haze

Club

Angel Haze

6 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£18.00

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Angel Haze (Academy 3, Manchester)

Gig

Angel Haze (Academy 3, Manchester)

6 Dec

Council Chambers, Manchester University Students Union

From£15.00

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The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's Winter Woollies Tour: Salford (Kings Arms Theatre)

Comedy

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican's Winter Woollies Tour: Salford (Kings Arms Theatre)

6 Dec

Kings Arms Salford

From£18.00

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Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

Club

Pete Tong Presents Ibiza Classics

7 Dec

Manchester Arena

From£43.00

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Celebration: Manchester

Gig

Celebration: Manchester

7 Dec

St. Ann's Church

From£7.00

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Gorton Philharmonic 2019 Christmas Concert with Carols

Gig

Gorton Philharmonic 2019 Christmas Concert with Carols

8 Dec

The Monastery

From£4.00

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Devin Townsend

Gig

Devin Townsend

10 Dec

Albert Hall

From£33.00

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The Darkness

Gig

The Darkness

13 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£29.00

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Alabama 3 ...A Celebration of Cold Harbour Lane

Gig

Alabama 3 ...A Celebration of Cold Harbour Lane

13 Dec

O2 Ritz

From£31.00

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Rob Beckett - Wallop

Comedy

Rob Beckett - Wallop

13 Dec

O2 Apollo

From£27.00

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AJR

Gig

AJR

14 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£20.00

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Rob Beckett

Comedy

Rob Beckett

14 Dec

O2 Apollo

From£28.00

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Fisher Stevens as ELVIS!

Gig

Fisher Stevens as ELVIS!

14 Dec

Longfield Suite

From£17.00

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Bury Tomorrow

Gig

Bury Tomorrow

20 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£25.00

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Dan Reed Network | GUN | FM

Gig

Dan Reed Network | GUN | FM

20 Dec

Manchester Academy

From£31.00

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We Love the 90's - Prime View

Gig

We Love the 90's - Prime View

20 Dec

Manchester Arena

From£55.00

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Shed Seven Official Manchester Aftershow Party With Rick Witter

Club

Shed Seven Official Manchester Aftershow Party With Rick Witter

20 Dec

Night People

From£11.00

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Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

Comedy

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

21 Dec

Manchester Arena

From£121.00

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Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Gig

Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

22 Dec

O2 Apollo

From£40.00

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Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

Comedy

Jack Whitehall: Stood Up

22 Dec

Manchester Arena

From£27.00

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Dirt Box Disco 10th Anniversary Show

Gig

Dirt Box Disco 10th Anniversary Show

28 Dec

Rebellion Bar

From£14.00

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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.

The fun doesn’t just stop in December. Find out what events are coming up in January and throughout the winter season.

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