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10 things to do in Manchester in December

10 things to do in Manchester in December

 There’s no doubt that Manchester is buzzing right now! So, much so that the city has just featured on Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2023 list, and National Geographic’s Best in the World 2023! There’s always something going on in the city, but it seems like this December is going to be one of the busiest and best the city has seen for a long time!

 At Alliance City Living we know the best places to rent an apartment in Manchester, and we also know the best things to do in the city! So, if you’re looking for a Manchester apartment for rent, then you’re going to want something to do when you move in! We’ve put together the ultimate guide of the 10 best things to do in Manchester this December so you can see out 2022 in style. Enjoy!  

 10 things to do in Manchester this December!


  1. See a snowy spectacular

Slide into some festive fun as Snowstorm  heads to The Trafford Centre. With 16 top ice skaters, international circus stars and 200sq feet of shimmering ice, this is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!

  1. Watch a Christmas classic with a twist

Merry Christmas ya filthy Animal! The iconic Christmas classic, Home Alone will be brought to life this festive period accompanied by a live orchestra. Book your tickets now. KEVIN?!

  1. Light up your December

Let it GLOW at the RHS Garden Bridgewater this December with an unmissable after-dark spectacle of lights. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see the garden in all its beauty as you follow an amazing lighting display across a new route for 2022.

  1. Shop ‘till you drop!

For a bit of last-minute gift inspiration Manchester has your Christmas all wrapped up. No December would be complete without a trip to the Trafford Centre.

  1. Find a gift with a difference

Or if you’re looking for something more unique, the Artisan Markets are back at The Stoller Hall. As well as finding the perfect gift you can enjoy a warming drink and listen to live music – you may even get a chance to mee the Big Man himself!

  1. Head to the ballet

Those looking for a touch of the highbrow this Christmas can enjoy Matthew Bourne’s spectacular Sleeping Beauty which reawakens in 2022 in The Lowry, 10 years on from its premier at Sadlers Wells.

  1. Take a trip to Wonderland!

Check out Alice’s Yurt – the latest outdoor pop-up space at the Lawn Club. You’ll find a Mad Hatter statue with a stunning central tree accompanied by some fantastic live music and unforgettable Johnnie Walker Cocktails.

  1. Have a drink in the clink

Take the chill out of winter in Manchester’s hottest new cocktail bar, Alcatraz. Don an orange jump suit as you smuggle booze past an eagle-eyed warden before enjoying a range of delicious cocktails in this unforgettable immersive experience.

  1. A dazzling display

 Whilst the 2022 Manchester Christmas lights switch-on event isn’t going ahead this year, there will certainly be no shortage of light displays in the city – as they stretch across Piccadilly Gardens, St Peter’s Square, New Cathedral Street, St Ann’s Square and more!

  1. A Christmas parade

Last, but by no means least, Manchester is set to host its first ever Christmas  parade, building on the success of its annual Manchester Day parade! The inaugural procession will take place on Sunday 11 December and will be filled with the “Sights, sounds and sparkle that spell Christmas!”. 

Manchester just keeps getting better and better!  If you’re looking to make a move into a city where it’s all happening, contact our team today. Not only can we tell you where to live in Manchester, we can also show you the best apartments in Manchester. To find out what we have available to rent contact our team today.

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