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The best things to do if you’re staying in Manchester over Christmas

Now semester is officially over and our 100 Days campaign has come to an end, it’s officially time to get into the festive spirit!

For various reasons, many of us will be spending some or all of the Christmas break here in Manchester. And while it is important to be prepared and get some studying done, this is also a perfect time to relax and go have some winter fun. We’ve rounded up our top picks of things to do between now and January.

Spend time with friends

The University’s own International Society has a great programme of events on over Christmas, which has already started. Head along and celebrate the festive season with friends.

Christmas and New Year Get Together – Saturday 28 December – 11am – 2pm

Sing some carols

Getting together to sing traditional Christmas carols has proved enduringly popular with all kinds of people, and there are plenty of free opportunities to join in with the festive spirit this winter.

Christmas Carol Singalong @ Bridgewater Hall – Tuesday 24 December – 2019 – 3.00pm

Halle Carol Concerts @ Bridgewater Hall – 22 December 2018 – 3pm and 23 December 2018 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Last-minute shopping

It’s almost impossible to ignore the award winning Christmas markets that span across the city centre – offering gifts, crafts and amazing food and drink. But there are also a range of other markets throughout Manchester, so you can treat yourself during the Christmas break.

Manchester Christmas Markets, every day until Sunday 22 December

Altrincham Christmas Markets, every day until Sunday 29 December

Levenshulme Christmas Night Market, Friday 20 December

Get your skates on

Ice rinks are almost as unavoidable as the markets, and with two rinks right in the heart of Manchester, there’s no reason not to channel your inner Torvill and Dean and get your skates on.

First Street Ice Rink, every day until Sunday 5 January

Cathedral Gardens Ice Rink at the Ice Village, every day until Sunday 5 January

Catch a show

Another tradition during the festive season is the Christmas pantomime. Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and Aladdin are among the favourites on the big stage this year, but there’s also cheaper options in towns like Oldham and Bolton a bit further out of the city.

Take a walking tour

Brave the cold this December and take the time to go walking. Whether you’ve only just moved to Manchester, or lived here for years, there are great opportunities to explore different parts of the city while having a relaxing stroll. But remember to wrap up warm!

Manchester Guided Tours, running every day including Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Free Manchester Walking Tours, running every day

Should you need any more support over the break, you can visit the Student Support website for a variety of information and resources.

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