Well folks it’s the last weekend before Christmas and if you are all shopped, wrapped and ready to roll Manchester has plenty to keep you entertained until the big guy shows up next week. Here’s our top 3 ideas for what to get up to this weekend plus some bonus suggestions from our social media pals.
- Not feeling very festive yet? A surefire way to fix that is a trip to the pantomime, so head to Manchester Opera House to see the rags to riches tale of Dick Whittington. Packed with slapstick humour, it features stars of stage and screen including Britain’s Got Talent favourites Ashleigh and Pudsey, West End and television star Jodie Prenger and Ben Faulks (Mr Bloom) from CBeebies.
- From tomorrow until Monday Greengate Square – Salford’s newest public space – hosts the Greengate Christmas Family Market. Close to Manchester city centre and the beautiful Manchester Cathedral, the square will be brimming with festive street performers, warming winter food and festive treats. Children will also have a chance to meet Santa and get in any last minute requests.
- Want to escape the cold weather? Head indoors at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry) to explore the Everyday Relics Exhibition where you can see hand picked objects from MOSI’s fascinating handling collection brought to life through projection and audio. Each of the objects tells an important story about Manchester’s role in the Industrial Revolution, as a modern city and about the lives of its people. Items on display include a Boddingtons Beer pump handle, an electric mantle clock and Human Nature on 7” record.
Here’s what our Twitter followers suggest:
- @angieokchan: Visitors to Manchester should visit our fabulous Christmas Markets before they finish on Sunday! @MCRMarkets #MCRChristmas
- @racquelparsnip: Come and see @MancShowChoir it’ll be FAB! http://www.victoriawarehouse.com/blog/music/a-chorus-by-candlelight-.aspx
- @VisitSalford: Got to be the Christmas Family Market @GreengateSquare with a very special #ElfOff on Sat 21 Dec http://ow.ly/rWAc2
- @Nellyjuke: Wander round @NQManchester lots of opportunities to stop & eat or soak up the madness that is Christmas markets
- @HarrisonPhair: John Rylands Library @TheJohnRylands
- @allfmboc: Shop local & support small traders @levymarket today – go to Chorlton Green tomorrow for @HorseJockey solstice party
- @JarrodBurney: Gabbotts farm in stretford arndale for some chicken.
- @TrulyMadly7: Tubing at Chill Factore, great fun!
And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest:
- Rachel Saunders: The Craft Centre is open all weekend, a nice little haven away from market street and an historic building too.
- Lady-Katie Mallalieu: Cocktails at The Alchemist
- Rachel Kimberley: Watch the sunset on the 12th floor at Manchester House whilst sipping a cocktail!
- Z-arts: Last weekend of Duck! here at Z-arts. We’ve had great reviews from critics and audiences and with tickets at £7/£5 it’s easily the best value for money Christmas show in Manchester. http://www.z-arts.org/duck/
- Joe Hickman Spinningfields and the Oast House
- Debbie Royle: I would recommend Mulligans of Deansgate great food live music brilliant atmosphere
- Lizzie Carter: Christmas Carols with the The Hallé at The Bridgewater Hall this Saturday, Sunday and Monday!
- Matthew Ruth: Levenshulme Christmas market tonight is gonna be totes amaze balls
- Charlotte Hughes: Ordsall hall is the best place to go in Manchester. The staff are very friendly knowledgeable and it’s very child friendly and free
- Mcdc Manchester Craft: Last minute shopping at the award winning manchester craft and design centre – buy handmade!