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Thursday 01 Dec 2022

[@]Manchester Festivals

Festival celebrations are often great ways to have shared experiences with your friends and family while enjoying specialist events and live entertainment.

We have selected a few of the best and diverse cultural festivals, coming this summer, including entertainment, parades, performances and film festivals.

In July the Manchester Fringe Festival presents a month’s worth of new theatre, comedy and much more, listen to and engage with writers and storytellers at the Literature Festival, in October, or simply marvel at the beauty of the ‘Steam Age’ at the East Lancs Railway, open all summer.

So grab your shoes, get those tickets and get going.

  • Manchester Christmas Markets

    Manchester Christmas Markets

    Over 300 beautifully festooned stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, the Christmas Markets are free and accessible to all. Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre, tempting you with gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes and toys

    When: Until 22nd Dec 2022
    Address: Piccadilly Gardens And Across The City
    Website: More information... Twitter: @vist_mcr

  • Backyard Cinema

    Backyard Cinema

    Perfect for movie-lovers and adventure-seekers, Backyard Cinema offers an immersive cinema experience that is more than just the movies

    When: Until 23rd Dec 2002
    Address: Depot Mayfield{c} Manchester M1 2PY
    Website: More information... Twitter: @BackyardCinemas

  • Bolton Christmas Festival

    Bolton Christmas Festival

    You won't be short of things to do as there's a HUGE ice rink for you and your mates! Go prepared with your list, as there's a Santa's Grotto AND a festival Teepee bar for warm Christmas tipple and live bands!

    When: 15th - 24th Dec 2022
    Address: Venues Across Bolton
    Website: More information... Twitter: @BoltonWinterFes

  • Santa Specials

    Santa Specials

    Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland, the Irwell Valley, on what has become a firm family favourite in the North West!

    When: From 26th Nov 2022
    Address: East Lancashire Railway{c} Bury
    Website: More information... Twitter: @eastlancsrly

  • Glow - RHS Brdigewater

    Glow - RHS Brdigewater

    Bring all the family for a magical evening at RHS Garden Bridgewater. See the garden in breathtaking beauty and follow amazing displays lighting a wonderful new route

    When: 16th - 30th Dec 2022
    Address: Occupation Rd{c} Worsley{c} Manchester M28 2LJ
    Website: More information... Twitter: @The_RHS

  • Christmas at HOME

    Christmas at HOME

    We"ve got family theatre, HOME favourites Bourgeois & Maurice with our Christmas film lineup to be confirmed

    When: Dates In Dec 2022
    Address: HOME{c} 2 Tony Wilson Place{c} Manchester M15 4FN
    Website: More information... Twitter: @HOME_mcr

  • Christmas at Dunham Massey

    Christmas at Dunham Massey

    Dunham Massey's biggest and brightest Christmas event returns with plenty more surprises. Experience the gardens all aglow for a magical outdoor, after-dark experience

    When: 18th Nov - 2 Jan 2023
    Address: Woodhouse Lane{c} Altrincham WA14 4SJ
    Website: More information... Twitter: @nationaltrust

  • Lightopia


    The award-winning Lightopia is back and ready to light up Heaton Park this Christmas brighter than ever with brand new installations and routes

    When: 24th Nov - 2nd Jan 2023
    Address: Heaton Park{c} Middleton Rd M25 2SW
    Website: More information... Twitter: @lightopiafest

Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip



Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions

China Town - City Centre

China Town

China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space



Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters