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What's on in Manchester this Christmas

The Lion King

Palace Theatre
Tuesday 29 November 2022 - Saturday 11 March 2023
THE LION KING HAS BEEN EXTENDED. IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO BOOK A TICKET FOR A PERFORMANCE BETWEEN FEB 21 - MAR 11. THESE ARE THE BEST DATES FOR AVAILABILITY!Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of A...

The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan

Manchester Opera House
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
Comedy superstar Jason Manford will lead the cast in The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan in the role of Captain Hook, joined by returning Manchester panto favourite Ben Nickless as Smee. The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan is brou...

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

The Lowry
Monday 12 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
From the imagination of Neil Gaiman, best-selling author of Coraline, Good Omens and The Sandman, comes the National Theatre's major new stage adaptation of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. This thrilling adventure of fantasy, myth a...

Claus - The Musical

The Lowry
Wednesday 14 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
From the writer of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz comes the world premiere of Claus The Musical. Based on the beloved children's book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, this brand-new musical is as magical as Christma...

Snowstorm 2 - Ice Kingdom Spectacular Ice Show

Trafford Centre
Tuesday 29 November 2022 - Monday 2 January 2023
Following on from last years skate away success! Everything you dreamt of at Christmas in 1 sensational show. ➤ 16 top ice skaters. ➤ All new Production. ➤ All new Circus acts. ➤ All new Characters. ➤ International circ...

Tinseltown - Ice Skating + Funfair

Trafford Centre
Monday 28 November 2022 - Monday 2 January 2023
Celebrate the festive season with the Trafford Centre's festive fairground and winter ice rink. Take to the ice on a wonderful 25m x 20m covered rink for a 45-minute ice skate session to celebrate the winter season. Glide away under ...

Santa Special

East Lancashire Railway
Saturday 3 - Saturday 24 December 2022
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Treat the family to an enchanting voyage through the magical Irwell Valley, kick start your Christmas on one of our famous Santa Specials! There's more family friendly fun, colourful charac...

Room on the Broom

The Lowry
Wednesday 7 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
Iggety ziggety zaggety zoom! Jump on board the broom with the witch and her cat in Tall Stories' fun-filled adaptation of Room on the Broom, the best-selling picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The witch and her cat ...

A Christmas Carol

Octagon Theatre
Monday 28 November 2022 - Saturday 14 January 2023
Based on the novel by Charles Dickens Adapted for the stage by Kate Ferguson & Susannah Pearse A JOYFUL NEW ADAPTATION OF THE FESTIVE CLASSIC. Whilst Christmas cheer and goodwill thrive across Victorian England, tight-fisted Ebenezer S...

Robin Hood

Oldham Coliseum Theatre
Monday 28 November 2022 - Saturday 7 January 2023
Join real-life hero Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men (in tights) on the arrow-shooting, thigh-slapping adventure of a lifetime!Welcome to Sherwood Forest by way of Oldham where the nasty Sheriff is terrorising everyone with expensi...

Cinderella - Christmas Panto

Stockport Plaza
Thursday 8 December 2022 - Sunday 8 January 2023
The most magical rags to riches fairy tale of them all, CINDERELLA is this year's Stockport Plaza's magnificent Family Pantomime starring the much loved star of stage and screen CHERYL FERGISON known to millions of us as the much loved...

Robin Hood: The 80's Panto

Contact
Saturday 10 - Saturday 31 December 2022
The wildly popular eight-freestyle and Contact panto returns and this season we present something a little different…a panto 80's remix of Robin Hood! It's a fresh twist on the traditional, combining The Adventures of Robin...

Betty! A sort of Musical

Royal Exchange Theatre
Thursday 1 December 2022 - Saturday 14 January 2023
'HERE'S TO A WOMAN WHO CONQUERED THE MURKY WORLD OF WESTMINSTER WITH NOTHING BUT WIT AND GUMPTION... AND ENOUGH HAIRSPRAY TO TURN A TSUNAMI INTO A KISS CURL.' As the first female speaker of the House of Commons, Betty Boothroyd is a D...

Aljaz & Janette - A Christmas To Remember

The Bridgewater Hall
Friday 2 December 2022
Shake your tinsel & polish your baubles, this is the Christmas show that everyone has been wanting. Two of your favourite Strictly stars with dancers, singers, lavish costumes and sets with all our favourite Christmas hits. It's the u...

Jack and the Beanstalk

The Albert Halls
Friday 2 December 2022 - Sunday 1 January 2023
Polka Dot Pantomimes in association with the Albert Halls present Jack and the Beanstalk - the hilarious Pantomime adventure Get ready to roar with laughter and cheer our hero Jack on his magical journey to the castle in the sky as he...

There's a Rang-Tan in my Bedroom & Other Stories

HOME
Friday 9 - Friday 23 December 2022
'There's a Rang-Tang in My Bedroom' ends leaving its audience believing they can fix the world: and if we're very lucky, one of them might. - Time Out Imagine waking up to find a turtle bathing in your bathtub, an orangutan bouncing o...

The Muppet Christmas Carol In Concert

The Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 21 December 2022
The Muppets perform the classic Charles Dickens holiday tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Gonzo, as Dickens, narrates the story with the help of Rizzo the Ra...

Love Actually in Concert - the Film with Live Orchestra

The Bridgewater Hall
Wednesday 14 December 2022
Directed by Richard Curtis and originally released in cinemas in 2003, Love Actually tells ten separate yet interweaving stories of love around Christmas time. The film features an all-star ensemble cast, including Hugh Grant, Liam Ne...

Candlelight Christmas: Love Actually, Home Alone & More

The Stoller Hall
Tuesday 13 - Wednesday 21 December 2022
Discover your favourite Christmas film soundtracks performed by a string quartet under the gentle glow of candlelight. Enjoy classical rendiotions of songs from Love Actually, Home Alone, The Holiday, Elf, It's A Wonderful Life, White...

Martin Kemp - Back To The 80s DJ Set Christmas Special

Manchester Academy
Saturday 17 December 2022
Martin Kemp returns with his sensational 80's Party - this time with a CHRISTMAS TWIST! As well as bopping along to your favourite 80's anthems, Martin's set will be jam packed with some absolute Christmas Crackers. The Ultimate 80's ...

Who's Holiday

HOME
Wednesday 30 November - Saturday 3 Dec 2022
Starring legendary US Drag superstar Miz Cracker, star of RuPaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, the European premiere of this hilarious festive treat is a wildly funny and heartfelt adults-only comedy by Matthew Lombardo...

A Christmas Carol (Gerald Charles Dickens)

Festival Hall Alderley Edge
Saturday 17 December 2022
Performed by Charles Dickens' great-great-grandson, Gerald Charles Dickens The Original and the best! No other show in the country has a direct descendant of Charles Dickens taking the lead role. This talented actor and gifted storyte...

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta - Vivaldi's Four Seasons at Christmas

St Ann's Church
Monday 12 December 2022
Celebrate Christmas with the outstanding musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta performing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, by candlelight. ProgrammePachelbel - Canon in DBach - Jesu JoyCorelli - Christmas ConcertoMozart Piano concerto in C m...

Xaverian College Christmas Concert

RNCM
Saturday 17 December 2022
With the largest sixth form music department in the North of England, Xaverian College returns to the RNCM for their festive music showcase. ...

Manchester Camerata & AMC Gospel Choir - A Festive Happening

The Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 11 December 2022
'Warm your soul at this Christmas carol concert with a gospel twist' -Manchester Evening News To close out the year Manchester Camerata have what has become very much a Christmas tradition, their annual Christmas celebration with AMC ...

Christmas Spectacular

The Bridgewater Hall
Monday 19 December 2022
Music! Dance! Song! Spectacle! Christmas Spectacular is a cracker of a show filled with music, dance, lights and spectacle. The Bridgewater Hall will spring to life with high kicks, festive fun and special effects plus all the trimmin...

Manchester & Districts Hospital's Choir Christmas Carol Concert

The Bridgewater Hall
Monday 5 - Tuesday 6 December 2022
As well as enjoying yourselves the principle purpose is to raise money for CLIC Sargent Young Lives vs Cancer and we hope for your support....

Horrible Histories - Horrible Christmas

The Bridgewater Hall
Tuesday 20 December 2022
Horrible Histories proudly presents the terrific tale of Christmas! When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it's up to one young boy to save the day - but can he save Christmas? From Victorian villains to Me...

Christmas Carol Singalong

The Bridgewater Hall
Saturday 24 December 2022
Sing your heart out as irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen returns to lead you through another fun-filled extravaganza of his most-loved carols and all time Christmas hits. This festive favourite has been raising the roof for over 20 ...

London Concertante - Viennese Christmas Spectacular

Manchester Cathedral
Thursday 29 December 2022
Tchaikovsky's elegant Nutcracker Suite leads on from Brahms' serious Hungarian Dance No.5, before Strauss II introduces us to the boundless exuberance of the Polish March in his Trisch-Trasch Polka. In the concert's penultimate work Tc...

Christmas Lunch

East Lancashire Railway
Wednesday 30 November - Thursday 15 Dec 2022
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with an incredible festive dining experience on the ELR. Festive treat for the family? Christmas night out with friends or colleagues? All are welcome on board our wonderful Christmas dining train as w...

Christmas Dinner

East Lancashire Railway
Friday 2 - Friday 23 December 2022
Celebrate the magic of Christmas with an incredible festive dining experience on the ELR. Festive treat for the family? Christmas night out with friends or colleagues? All are welcome on board our wonderful Christmas dining train as w...

Santa's Christmas Lunch

The Palace Hotel
Sunday 18 December 2022
Treat your children to a traditional three course festive Sunday lunch followed by a magical visit from Santa himself and other festive activities...

Santa's Grotto

The Coach House
Saturday 3 - Sunday 18 December 2022
Come and meet Santa as he comes to visit Chorley for the run up to Christmas. ...

Enchanted Elves Christmas Party

Middleton Arena
Friday 23 December 2022
A Christmas Party like no other at Middleton Arena as the Enchanted Elves bring fun and laughter with festive sparkle to a Christmas themed disco with holly jolly party games. Find Santa's Secret Grotto and receive a special present f...
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