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Things to do if you’re staying in Manchester this Christmas

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While this year is different to most, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas. From virtual events to outdoor activities in the city, here are a few things to do whether you’re staying in Manchester or heading back home for the holidays.

Virtual events

Christmas movie marathon

Whether you’re looking for something to play in the background whilst your putting your tree up, or need to fill that time in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, take a look at student blogger Kirstie’s list of the 13 must-see films over the festive period!

All I Want For Christmas – Royal Exchange Theatre

All I Want For Christmas is a celebration of the city of Manchester. Every day from 1st – 25th December, join them here from 10:30am to open a new door and find stories told by actors and community ambassadors.

Manchester Museum from Home

While the Manchester Museum is currently closed due to government guidelines, you can still explore the museum from home. Discover their exhibitions and displays here.

Christmas at HOME 2020 – Home Manchester

Join HOME this Christmas for theatrical and festive film classics. Including Elf, the Muppets Christmas Carol and Die Hard, all shows will be available online and may become available in-person depending on Government restrictions. You can buy tickets here.

In person events

Lightopia – Heaton Park

Lightopia is returning to Heaton Park from 3rd December 2020 – 10th January 2021! Explore immersive light installations and magic illuminated trails. You can buy tickets here.

Christmas City Drive-In Cinema

If you have access to a car, why not try out a festive drive-in cinema?

Christmas Light Trail – Dunham Massey

From 3rd December, visit Dunham Massey for giant luminescent sculptures and light trails.

Manchester Christmas Markets and Lights – City Centre

Manchester Christmas Markets have returned with a scaled-down version in the St Ann’s Square city centre. There will also be the Manchester Christmas lights in the city centre this December – including the Giant Santa in St. Peters Square!

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