Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this December.
The Greater Game: Football and the First World War at National Football Museum
Wednesday 19 December 2014 – Wednesday 02 September 2015
Explore the role football played at home and on the Western front during the war years and take a closer look at the brave soldiers who served their club and country a century ago.
Behind the Mask at The Lowry
Saturday 20 September 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015
The biggest collection of BAFTA-winning actor portraiture ever assembled, comes to The Lowry for its first time out of London. Featuring portraits of over one hundred international stars.
Food & Drink
Christmas afternoon tea at Cloud 23
Monday 01 December – Wednesday 31 December 2014
Indulge in a selection of festive inspired delights, such as: spiced dark chocolate Sorter torte, mixed fruit cinnamon scones and rum and raisin macaroons, with friends, family or loved ones while enjoying the best view in Manchester.
Santa Sunday lunch at The Mere
Sunday 07 December 2014
The perfect pre-Christmas celebration for the whole family. Enjoy a traditional 3 course lunch, a visit from Santa and friends and a Christmas panto to entertain guests.
Shrek The Musical at The Palace Theatre
Tuesday 02 December 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015
Based on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek the Musical is a must-see show for all the family, bringing all the much-loved characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time at The Lowry
Thursday 18 December 2014 – Saturday 10 January 2015
Based on the award winning novel by Mark Haddon and winner of seven Olivier Awards, this highly acclaimed National Theatre Production arrives at The Lowry as part of its first ever UK tour.
Little Shop of Horrors at Royal Exchange Theatre
Friday 05 December 2014 – Saturday 17 January 2015
The Royal Exchange Theatre’s Christmas show has arrived. A florist’s assistant becomes entangled with a bad-tempered carnivorous plant in this hilarious kooky sci-fi musical.
Boyz 2 Men at The Albert Hall
Sunday 07 December 2014
The most successful R&B vocal group of all time, with over 60 million albums sold worldwide, are set to headline the Albert Hall for the closing performance of their UK tour.
Hallé Carol Concert at Bridgewater Hall
Thursday 20 December – Friday 21 December 2014
The Hallé’s annual Carol Concerts are a seasonal spectacular not to be missed. This fantastic programme is packed full of wonderful choral music, showcasing the talents of both the Hallé’s family of choirs and those in the audience.
Ennio Morricone at Phones 4u Arena
Monday 15 December 2014
Ennio Morricone, the most prolific composer in the history of film music, will be performing the greatest works from his career that spans over 50 years with a 160 member symphony orchestra and polyphonic choir.
Festive family treats
Tatton Park’s Nutcracker Christmas Mansion
Tuesday 25 November – Sunday 21 December 2014
Take a trip to Tatton’s Nutcracker Mansion where all the best scenes from the famous ballet are recreated with glittering decorations, fresh garlands and festive baked treats prepared by costumed guides.
Manchester Arndale Grotto
Thursday 20 November – Wednesday 24 December 2014
Santa will be waiting to greet you in his fabulous Manchester Arndale Christmas tree star grotto this season, so to make sure you’re not disappointed on the big day, go give him your Christmas wishes.
Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo
Wednesday 03 December – Wednesday 24 December 2014
Make Christmas even more magical with an unforgettable night time journey through Chester Zoo.
Tour of the Month
Christmas on the Cobbles
Saturday 22 November 2014 – Sunday 11 January 2015
Experience the magic of a Weatherfield Christmas. A stunning tree and the sound of carols will fill the air, while snow covered roof tops will guarantee a white Christmas.
New kid on the block
Within the classic, ornate architecture of Deansgate’s Elliot House, new Italian restaurant, Gusto, combines timeless elegance and glamour, with heritage and style that can only be ‘made in Manchester’.