Christmas has most definitely arrived in Manchester and it’s a great place to enjoy a festive family day out. Along with the ever popular Manchester Christmas Markets, all the family favourites are back for 2013. Be sure not to miss Manchester Arndale’s Grotto, Spinningfields Ice Rink and Festive Fun at the magical John Rylands Library.
Other family-friendly highlights include Library Theatre Company’s Wanted! Robin Hood at The Lowry, Christmas Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Centre (kids go free) and the illuminating Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo.
Football-mad families are in for a real treat with both Manchester City and Manchester United hosting special festive-themed stadium and museum tours. The National Football Museum also has plenty of festive football fun to entertain you for hours, including a penalty shoot-out competition and a 241 offer on Football+.
A great way to round off a day out is to go for a family feast, check out the great value Christmas menu at the wonderful Sapporo Teppanyaki, where food meets theatre.
Getting to and around Manchester couldn’t be easier, book your travel with First TransPennine Express in advance and you could save up to 50%. Once you’ve arrived pick up a System One DaySaver so you can enjoy unlimited, unrestricted travel on any bus, train and tram across the whole of Greater Manchester – a great excuse to visit Bolton’s Winter Wonderland, complete with giant Ferris Wheel, ice rink, Santa’s Grotto and festive markets.
Also don’t forget to enter our great Christmas competitions here