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5 things to do this bank holiday weekend in Greater Manchester (22 – 25 May 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers.

First Street’s First Street Party

First Street's First Street Party

A family-friendly Sunday of music, food and theatre celebrating Manchester’s newest neighbourhood.

Geronimo at Tatton Park

Geronimo Festival at Tatton Park

The largest children’s festival in the North West – with hundreds of activities for children aged from two to twelve and a host of popular characters like CBeebies’ Mr Bloom.

Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours

Manchester Sightseeing Bus Tours

Take an entertaining and informative tour on an open-top bus, visit the landmarks and enjoy the Saturday sunshine.

The Lost Carnival

The Lost Carnival

The event will remain shrouded in mystery until the audience step inside the big top, but families can expect spellbinding theatre, circus, music and visual trickery.

The Spring Festival of Markets

The Spring Festival of Markets

Decked with flowers, picket fencing and patio chairs The Spring Festival of Markets is the perfect destination for a bite to eat, after-work drinks and meeting with friends.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

@cffuk: #HOMEwarming festivities at the newly opened @HOME_mcr !

@sferg100: Er @HOME_mcr obvs #HOMEwarming

@MinersArtsBar:  Minefest! #Fundraiser for roof 30+ bands film, comedy + Arts @Minersartnmusic @mostoncinema @rebellionmanc pic.twitter.com/vUQcCqpd1u

@8491nc: #HOMEwarming of course!

‏@angieokchan: The Eastern Exchanges #art exhibition at @mcrartgallery before it closes at the end of the month! http://www.manchestergalleries.org/whats-on/exhibitions/easternexchanges.html

@VisitBolton: There’s still time to grab tickets for the UK’s Biggest Free Rock Tribute Festival “Boltfest” this Sun! http://www.boltfest.com

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

Emirates Old Trafford – Conference and Events: Watch Lancashire County Cricket Club in the NatWest T20 blast tonight with music from Reverend and the Makers!

Sean Tansey: Get drunk🍷🍹

Isabel Mourato: Spring festival of markets on new cathedral street

Sarndip Sangha: http://homemcr.org/event/first-streets-first-street-party/

Mark Lupton: Places on Red Rose Forest’s Heritage Trees walk at Broomwood in Timperley, Trafford 10am tomorrow, FREE! http://www.redroseforest.co.uk/web/content/view/34/850/ Call Janie on (0161) 872 1660 to book. Learn more about our local special trees.

Marina Robertson: See Take That in concert!!!!!

Peter A Wilcox: HOME warming weekend!

Angela Coulthard: See Take That

East Lancashire Railway: Our 1940s Weekend! http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com

What’s on in Manchester – April

Making Monuments on Rapa Nui

Making Monuments on Rapa Nui

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this April.

Exhibitions

Making Monuments on Rapa Nui at Manchester Museum
Wednesday 1 April – Sunday 6 September
The monumental stone statues of Easter Island are some of the most widely recognised archaeological objects in the world. This exhibition will deconstruct some of the myths about the island, and discuss current theories about the decline of this astonishing culture, showing one of the statues, Moai Hava, which was collected from Rapa Nui in 1868.

Emily Allchurch In the Footsteps of a Master at Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 13 March – Monday 8 June
Emily Allchurch uses photography to recreate old master paintings and prints, creating contemporary narratives.  The complex photographic images have a resonance with place, history and culture and deal with the passage of time and the changes to a landscape, fusing contemporary life with a sense of history.

Festivals

Vintage Swing Festival at The Printworks
Sunday 5 April
This annual festival will have live music featuring ‘The Revolutionaires’, DJ sets from ‘Katz Korner’ & ‘Gypsy John’, vintage stalls and cars, swing dance classes and much more! The event is also free entry for all.

The Great British Food Festival at Stonyhurst College
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 April
In the Easter School Holidays, the 2015 foodie festival will incorporate the popular Stonyhurst Spring Fair, so along with great foodie stalls, inside you will find lots of gift and household items. The perfect recipe for a fun, foodie day out for the whole family.

Music

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble at Band on the Wall
Tuesday 14 April
Chicago hip-hop brass band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are an eight-strong cohort of horn-playing brothers. Together, they have formed a formidable reputation as one of the best live bands around, with a sound that calls to mind traditional New Orleans big-band jazz, rap, funk and hip-hop.

Paul Simon & Sting at Manchester Arena
Monday 13 April
Two of music’s most iconic singer songwriters will perform some of their best-known songs together including Boy In The Bubble, Fields of Gold,Driven To Tears, Mother & Child Reunion, Desert Rose, Every Breath You Take, The Boxer, Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes and more.

Outdoors

Moon Rise Run at Heaton Park
Saturday 18 April
A premium 5k night run and festival jam packed with music, food, drink and entertainment. Experience Manchester in a new light alongside thousands of others.

Manchester Duck Race at Spinningfields
Friday 3 April
There is a whole host of activity set to take place across the area, to entertain the thousands of families that come down to watch their rubber ducks race along the Spinningfields stretch of the River Irwell. Now in its sixth year, it costs just £1 to enter a racing duck. Ducks can be purchased online at ticketsource.co.uk, with all proceeds going to local children’s charity Brainwave.

Performances

A Night of Dirty Dancing at Bolton Octagon
Tuesday 21 April
No film has captured the hearts of a generation like Dirty Dancing. Relive the passion, indulge in the romance and celebrate the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Take a trip back to the summer of ’63, relive Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s sizzling performance in the ultimate coming of age romance.

Jimmy Carr at The O2 Apollo
Friday 17 April
Over the past 10 years, Jimmy Carr earned his place amongst the very best of British comics. He brings his latest show ‘Funny Business’ to the O2 Apollo for one night only this April.

Sport

Premier League Darts at Manchester Arena
Thursday 2 April
Judgement Night, the season’s ninth league night, will see the stars go head-to-head for the decisive final fixtures before the bottom two players are eliminated.

UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the National Cycling Centre
Saturday 18 – Sunday 19 April
Watch the best in BMX face off in front of adrenalin fuelled crowds looking to watch riders jostle to qualify for Sunday’s finals in three rounds of motos.

Tour of the Month

Pub Tour: Rail Ale Day Out
Saturday 11 April
A full-day trip enjoying real ale, heritage stories and steam trains on the East Lancashire Railway. Booking required www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk £33/35. Meet: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street, Bury BL9 0EY

New Kid on the Block

Escape Room
So you enjoy challenges and solving puzzles? Looking for a challenging yet fun activity to unwind with your mates or family? Take things up a notch as you work together to work your way out from the Escape Rooms.

Take a look at our selection of Easter holiday events here or for more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com

3 things to do in Greater Manchester this weekend (20 – 22 February 2015)

Here’s our guide to the best of what’s on in and around Greater Manchester this weekend plus some suggestions from our social followers. 新年快乐 Xīnnián kuàilè Happy Chinese New Year folks!

Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Head to Manchester for the festival that marks the start of a new lunar year in China, the city centre will be buzzing with performances, food and workshops. On Sunday the famous dragon parade will sweep through Chinatown from 12:30pm so make sure you arrive early to get a good view.

Steam, Sweat and Sewers at MOSI

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A perfect day out for the kids, MOSI’s half term spectacular is running throughout the weekend. Get messy at a goo making workshop or enjoy the fun of the fair at the Victorian playground, you can even make your own glass microscope.

Cornelia Parker at The Whitworth

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Witness the transformation of ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary. Cornelia Parker’s self titled exhibition brings together work from her career and two important new commissions.

Here’s what our Twitter followers recommend this weekend:

  • ‏@mikeyquake45: @eastlancsrly & @MoTGM
  • @kerbsidemedia: Get on down to @NorthernSoulMcr and get a cheese fix. What else is there to do of a weekend?
  • ‏@ACPFestival: They could have a lovely Sunday eve with us at @GulliversNQ w/ 4 ace bands + spoken word? More info here: http://www.facebook.com/events/1525548921029997
  • @placefishface: I agree, this is a definite MUST!! Great tunes , great vibes.

And here’s what our Facebook friends suggest this weekend:

  • Sarah Bleasdale: Look at getting free tickets to watch tv shows being made at media city can’t get better value than free!
  • Mikey Lambert: Transport museum
  • Chris Terry: Go and visit the Whitworth Art Gallery! It’s beautiful!
  • Dot Fleming: Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown
  • Tony Pacey: Get down to Soup Kitchen on Saturday night as it will be an historic moment in Manchester musical history…the debut gig by White Boy featuring former members of the legendary Janice Graham Band
  • Castlefield Gallery: Art meets craft – Last chance to catch Launch Pad: For Posterity at Castlefield Gallery, plus there is a free screening of Sam Hanna’s ‘Old English Craft’ films and an artists talk from 2-4pm tomorrow http://www.castlefieldgallery.co.uk/…/launch-pad-for…/
  • Katie Hartley: Newly opened Whitworth Art gallery, China town, cocktails at cloud 23.
  • Victoria Jackson: Definitely the West Didsbury makers market it’s awesome https://www.facebook.com/MakersMaket/posts/944248282281535 Excitement is building in Market HQ today! Only 2 more sleeps before we return to the fabulous and amazingly awesome West Didsbury!
  • Silvia Rovegno Malharin: Visiting MOSI is always a great idea!!

For more information about what’s on in Manchester go to www.visitmanchester.com

 

What’s on in Manchester – December

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Cloud 23

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester this December.

Exhibitions

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.

Performance

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.

Music

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

Gusto
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’.

What’s on in Manchester – April

Canal Cruise

Canal Cruise

Here’s our highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester in the coming month.

Exhibitions

Bus Stop Stories at John Rylands Library
Thursday 20 February – Sunday 22 June
At the start of 2013, John Shinnick, a Manchester photographer, set out to document the people using a local, city centre bus stop. The people that he met in those brief interactions revealed a set of eye-opening stories.

Darius Chang Jui-Yu at Chinese Contemporary Arts Centre
Saturday 11 January – Sunday 4 May
Having lived in over 10 cities in five different countries since childhood, Darius is greatly influenced by her experiences of different cultures. Her work explores her Chinese racial identity with modern styles, taking visual references from contemporary and street art.

Festivals

Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
Saturday 12 – Sunday 13 April
The annual taste extravaganza is back for the sixth year running, and this year visitors can expect some amazing additions to the ever popular two-day festival of chocolate heaven.

Little Fun Fest at Red House Farm
Saturday 5 – Sunday 6 April
With fairground rides, pirates and princess workshops, Little Fun Fest is a full day out for families with young children. Catch Cbeebies presenters Alex Winters, Cat Sandion and Dr Ranj along with Hagrid and Harry Potter in a big top circus tent throughout the day.

Food & Drink

The Cake & Bake Show at Manchester Central
Friday 4 – Sunday 6 April
This exciting experiential event provides baking enthusiasts with somewhere to learn and meet fellow bakers while offering an entertaining and inspiring day out for foodies and families alike.

Friday Food Fight at Upper Campfield Market
Friday 7 March – Saturday 31 May
Every Friday night for 12 weeks Upper Campfield Market on Liverpool Road will be taken over by an incredible mix of music, food venues, street food and drinks. Part street food market, part drinks emporium, and part club, Friday Food Fight is bringing food rave to the city.

Heritage

From Street to Trench at IWM North
Saturday 5 April – Saturday 31 May
From poet Wilfred Owen and Clement Attlee, who went on to become Prime Minister, to Victoria Cross recipients and remarkable first-hand accounts by civilians on the home front – the wartime lives of remarkable individuals are revealed through previously unpublished and rare personal items.

From The War of Nature at Manchester Museum
Friday 11 April – Sunday 31 August
Drawing upon more recent scientific discoveries about the relationships between living things, this new exhibition explores the place of war in nature, and the idea of a ‘struggle for existence’.

Music

Elbow at Phones 4u Arena
Wednesday 9 April
Four years ago Elbow won the Mercury Music Prize for The Seldom Seen Kid, followed by a Brit Award for Best British Group and NME Award for Outstanding Contribution To British Music. Now they return to Manchester for a special show at the Phones 4u Arena to celebrate the release of their sixth studio album.

DJ Yoda at 256
Friday 4 April
From his hip-hop beginnings, DJ Yoda has evolved in the past 10 years, using his turntable skills and influences as diverse as funk, b-more, kuduro, reggae, drum ‘n’ bass and even big band swing and country & western, to make unashamed party music.

Performances

Much Ado About Nothing at Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 27 March – Saturday 3 May
Maria Aberg makes her Royal Exchange directing debut following recent acclaimed productions of As You Like It and King John for the RSC. Catch one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies in the epic surroundings of Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

Scooby Doo the Musical at The Lowry
Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 April
Zoinks! Scooby-Doo and the gang are back by popular demand and with even more spooky mystery and fun. With hilarious physical comedy, popular tunes and special effects, this is fun for the whole family.

See How They Run at Opera House
Tuesday 29 April – Saturday 3 May
This wonderfully funny and much loved farce is brought to life on stage once again – this time with a difference. See How They Run is the first theatre tour starring The Reduced Height Theatre Company and Warwick Davis, best known for his roles in Willow, Star Wars and the Harry Potter series.

Outdoors

Bloom at Chester Zoo
Saturday 8 February – Saturday 28 June
Nature comes alive in spring and the zoo can be a relaxing and inspiring place to be. Watch the fluttering of the butterflies, listen to the song of exotic birds in the awe-inspiring aviaries and notice the buds emerging in the award winning gardens.

Walk of the Month

Canal Cruise
Sunday 6 April
Journey along the Bridgewater Canal, Manchester Ship Canal and River Irwell listening to the expert commentary provided by the queen of canal tour guides, Salford-born Sue Grimditch.

New Kids on the Block

Côte Brasserie
Opens early April
This new £1million French-style brasserie will launch at the start of April, serving up French classics like steak frites, tuna nicoise, moules marinieres and creme brulee.

Kitchenette
Now open
Kitchenette has been cleverly divided to provide a lively, stylish bar which leads into a light, airy dining area with views onto the canal, and outdoor terrace.

What’s on in Manchester – December

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Spinningfields Ice Rink

The ‘What’s on in Manchester’ blog will give you a heads up for selected highlights of where to be and what to see in Manchester for the coming month – published every month on behalf of Visit Manchester.

Exhibitions

Alison Goldfrapp: Performer as Curator at The Lowry
Until 2 March 2014
An exhibition curated by the elusive, enigmatic and uncompromisingly glamorous musician and style icon, Alison Goldfrapp. The performer gives the public a rare opportunity to explore some of her personal inspirations through the painters, film makers, illustrators and photographers who have shaped her own inimitable artistic vision.

Festive Fun at The John Rylands Library
Throughout December 2013
John Rylands Library hosts a range of festive activities for friends and family to enjoy together. This includes the Winter Fun Day (1 December), a Festive Makes Day (4 December), the Pagan Winterfest (6 December) and an afternoon of Christmas Songs (15 December).

Festive Fun at the National Football Museum
1 – 31 December 2013
Visitors to the museum can explore the world’s finest collection of football artefacts and archives. Whether you’re a die hard football fan, planning a visit with your family or on a weekend break to the great city of Manchester, enjoy a visit to the world’s biggest and best football museum.

Music

Christmas concerts at Tatton Park
12 – 14 December 2013
This year Tatton’s Christmas concerts cover a multitude of musical genres from classical to choral. Before enjoying the performances, visitors are welcome to walk through the decorated White Christmas Mansion and enjoy a warming winter drink. Pre-concert suppers are available in the Stables Restaurant and Gardeners’ Cottage.

St. Ann’s Hospice Festival Choir Christmas Concert at Bridgewater Hall
13 December 2013
St. Ann’s Hospice Festival Choir sings Christmas music and carols with favourites for all to join in. Sing along to such classics as The Twelve Days of Christmas, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Ding Dong Merrily on High! and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

Performance

Jack and the Beanstalk at Oldham Coliseum
16 November 2013 – 4 January 2014 
Times are hard for young Jack and his mother but when he is forced to sell his beloved cow for a few beans, Jack finds himself in a whole new world of thrills and adventure. Featuring everything you’ve come to expect from a traditional Coliseum panto – laughs galore, magnificent music and spectacular costumes. Get ready to be taken high above the clouds on a magical journey.

War Horse at The Lowry
20 November 2013 – 18 January 2014
War Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the English in World War I. Caught in enemy crossfire, Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in no man’s land, while Albert, not old enough to enlist, embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home. A remarkable tale of courage, loyalty and friendship, War Horse features ground-breaking puppetry work by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage.

Peter Pan – The Never Ending Story at Phones4U Arena
29 – 30 December 2013 
See the boy who never grows up in a live adventure you’ll never forget. Peter Pan, The Never Ending Story World Arena Tour is a high-flying, hi-tech fantasy adventure that combines the drama and excitement of live theatre with the epic visuals of a blockbuster movie. Pinch yourself as you watch Peter Pan fly high above the stage without wires – a world first in theatre. Marvel at the spectacular scenery, brought to life by state-of-the-art digital imaging – Neverland like never before.

Feeling Festive?

Spinningfields Ice Rink
November 8 2013 – January 5 2014
The only ice rink in the city centre is returning to Hardman Square for another festive season. This year the whole estate will also be awash with Christmas activity, with late night shopping on The Avenue, letters to the North Pole, helter skelters and much, much, more!

Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
29 November 2013 – 5 January 2014 
Deck the halls with LEGO® bricks – Christmas Bricktacular is coming to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre! Enjoy a festive LEGO Factory Tour, sing Christmas karaoke with the LEGO Friends in Olivia’s House and create a merry masterpiece at the LEGO Master Model Builder workshop, where imaginations will be inspired by Christmas décor. Experience MINILAND® as you’ve never seen it before as the local area comes to life with LEGO Minifigures celebrating their own spectacular Mini-Christmas.

Santa Specials on the East Lancashire Railway
30 November – 24 December 2013
Get ready for a ho ho ho-larious good time on one of the enchanting Santa Special Trains. A Christmas tradition for many in the North West, the Santa Special is back after a record breaking run last year. See the beautiful decorations on both the carriages and in the station, enjoy Christmas carols and live brass bands. There really is no better way to get into the festive spirit.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo
12 – 23 December 2013
Journey through the magical gardens, try out your lantern making skills, visit the Elephant House and Fruit Bat Forest, meet the friendly festive characters and sample some of the deliciously tasty treats. See the beautiful animal lanterns – with some ‘new arrivals’ created especially for this year’s event. Make your Christmas wish at the Giant Wishing Tree and keep the lanterns glowing. Together with the magnificent animals help Santa to light the way this Christmas.

Christmas Shopping

Christmas comes to Cheshire Oaks
14 November – 24 December 2013
Christmas launches at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet on Thursday 14 November with the official lighting of the centre’s 90ft (Britain’s tallest) artificial Christmas tree, a continental Christmas market and a spectacular festive fireworks display. The day also marks the start of a fabulous shopping event with activities, promotions and extra special star buys on offer across the 145 stores at the centre, which will continue throughout the Christmas period.

Manchester Arndale Grotto
From 21 November 2013
Even Father Christmas knows Manchester Arndale is the best place to pick up all the hottest pressies. So put your order in when he sets up in his brand new Christmas tree star grotto in Halle Square.

The Magical Christmas Fair at Manchester Central
29 November – 1 December 2013
Whether you need some stocking fillers, top-end designer gifts or speciality food and drink to make your festive occasions extra special, you will find it all at The Magical Christmas Fair. The Magical Christmas Fair is not just about buying gifts, it’s the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit with live music, carols, bands and festive entertainment, plus a chance for kids to meet Santa and his friends in his candy cane grotto.

Lowry Outlet Victorian Christmas Market
5 – 8 December 2013
This spectacular and magical event returns to create a traditional Christmas experience for all ages. Bigger and better for 2013, this four-day event will have the whole family feeling festive from top-to-toe. Completely free to enter, the market will feature more than 100 stalls selling the finest festive food, mulled wine and warm cider plus unique crafts and gifts. For a Truly Dickensian touch, a cast of jolly Victorian characters will be bringing the market to life and transporting you back in time.

Greengate Christmas Family Market
21 – 23 December 2013
Located at the corner of Chapel Street and Victorian Bridge Street, Salford, Greengate Christmas Family Market is the perfect spot for families and shoppers to relax after a long day in the city. Within 2 minutes walk of Manchester Cathedral and the city centre, visitors to the market can enjoy this new public space with festive street performers, warming winter food and festive treats from the market traders. Children will also have a chance to meet Santa at Greengate Square, just before he drops down their chimneys.