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The Best Winter Activities in Manchester this Holiday Season

13 December 2019 Bea Patel Read time: 2 min
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Bea Patel

Christmas is around the corner. It’ll be here in a flash and we’re super excited over at Movebubble HQ. We’re talking all things Christmas – ‘tis the season to be merry, so what better way than to paint the town red – in your own unique way. And what better city to explore the festive activities than Manchester.

Grab a Costa cuppa filled with your fav gingerbread latte or festive spiced cappuccino and dig into some festive reading. Join us on a sleigh ride to some of the top places to hit this Christmas in the fantastic town of Manchester.  

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City centre Christmas markets

Manchester is known for its Christmas markets and they’re buzzing. With a whopping 300 festooned stalls and chalets, international food, drinks and yuletide gifts, wrap up warm as there’s something for everyone. You can find anything from bonsai trees to traditional bratwurst, hog roast to trinkets. Let’s not forget a glass (or three) of glühwein with your fave shot.

When to visit: 10am to 9pm, 8th November to 22nd December

Where: Eight markets across the city – check out the map

Cost: free  


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Ice Village

If you’re wowed by ice, this is a must see. Why not hit the ice cavern for an amazing interactive ice sculpture experience, grab a drink at the new -10 degrees South Pacific themed Tiki bar or hit the ice rink? There will also be games and entertainment to get you in the festive mood. Facebook check-in we hear you say.

When to visit: 11am to 9pm, 8th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 (closed Christmas day)

Where: Cathedral Gardens, Manchester city centre, M4 3BG

Cost: From £8


The bottomless singing cinema

Head down to the ultimate sing-along cinematic experience – we love it. And sing your heart out with bottomless popcorn and drinks (alcoholic too). With different movies from Dirty Dancing, Grease and Frozen to Harry Potter, there’s sure to be a movie you’ll love. It’s a great event for solo and groups, so sit back, relax and sing away.

When to visit: Multiple dates and times – check out the website

Where: Viadux, Park Avenue at Bauer Millett, 8 Albion Street, M1 5NZ

Cost: From £12.50

Bar hutte

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Bar Hütte, Spinningfields

Bar Hütte is Manchester’s fave ski-themed night out.  With an après-ski atmosphere, it’ll get you pumping with seasonal treats, live entertainment and classic cocktails. Their snug chalets have private karaoke machines loaded with chart-toppers and festive faves. Or escape the frenzy in the warmth of the alpine hüttes with a hot G&T. Get snap ready for some fab insta- pics.

When to visit: 11am to 11pm, Mon to Sat, 11am to 8pm, Sun, 7th Nov to 31st Dec

Where: Spinningfields, Manchester, M3 3EB

Cost: £45 for a hütte for six to ten people

Lightopia - Hannamariah

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Lightopia festival

You guessed it - it’s all about lights. A must-see festival and the first of its kind in the UK and Europe. Take a journey through the festival, dazzled by lights, lanterns and installations, and lasers with water-screen multimedia shows. With acrobatic performances, live musicians and rides, there’s plenty to do. Hungry? Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.

When to visit: 5pm to 10pm, 21st November to 31st December (selected dates)

Where: Heaton Park, Middleton Road, Manchester, M25 2SW

Cost: From £13.50

circus David Tadevosian

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Winter Wonderland

Now, this is a pre-Christmas extravaganza and we can barely stay in our seats. This indoor event has everything from funfair rides, Santa’s grotto, live reindeers, Christmas panto, circus and theatre shows to a massive real ice-skating rink. There’s a bundle of family fun. See you there.

When to visit: 6th December 2019 to 4th January 2020

Where: EventCity, Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road, Manchester, M41 7TB

Cost: From £23.50

Festive fun in Manchester

We love Christmas at Movebubble. So, whether you’re looking for a lit-up day out, some family fun or an icy drink, you won’t be short of exciting things to do. Where will you be sleighing to this winter?

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