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Manchester’s Christmas parties were suddenly interrupted last year by tier restrictions and local lockdowns – so we have some festive catch-ups to make.

This means that many Christmas events are already being announced and tickets are being snapped up quickly.

There are plenty of events waiting already for this winter, many of which can be booked in advance.

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If you’re the kind who just want to sit down and not be confronted with the huge crowds that flock to the Christmas markets every year, you can start planning.

We have put together some of the best festive events you can book now, from ice skating to crazy bingo to karaoke cabins to alternative Christmas markets.

What are your favorite things to do in Manchester this Christmas? Share it in the comments below.

Skate Manchester

Skate Manchester

It is completely covered and secured against Manchester’s harsh winter weather, it has doubled in size by 2022 and it will be in place until the new year.

One of the city’s most festive attractions, Skate Manchester, is back at Cathedral Gardens.

The track itself will be built in October for a Halloween-inspired Scare Skate event, before receiving a large dose of Christmas until January 3, 2022.

Tickets are available from skatemanchester.com and start at £ 13 for adults and £ 11 for children, with discounts on family and season tickets.

Winter village in Ramona

Winter village in Ramona

The old MOT garage on Swan Street, which has become one of Manchester’s coolest hangouts, is getting the festive treatment in very grand style this winter.

Ramona and The Firehouse, which occupy the garage and warehouse and spill out into the forecourt in between, become a winter town.

Think tequila log cabins, extra teepees and fireplaces and lots of mulled wine and other winter heaters – as well as the usual Detroit-style pizzas and margaritas on offer.

They will also welcome a small number of local shoppers to a mini Christmas market.

You can make a reservation here.

Love Actually at Bridgewater Hall


One of the world’s most popular party films is coming to Manchester live in concert this winter.

Love Actually will be projected on a giant screen in Bridgewater Hall, accompanied by a live orchestra.

The Richard Curtis movie is a modern Christmas classic with a star-studded cast that includes Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth.

Tickets cost between £ 65 and £ 29.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Winter Island on Freight Island


Escape to Freight Island will be transformed into a winter wonderland during the festive season and will be the UK’s largest heated outdoor market.

With market stalls, a Christmas tree forest, festive food and lots of events, it all starts with a fireworks display in the city center on campfire night, Friday, November 5th.

Stalls will include a bratwurst grill, a traditional pork roast, a mulled wine and hot cider hut, a cheese barn and a local chocolate bar, as well as a look from Great North Pie Co.

Winter Island runs between November 5 and December 31, with bookings now open at escapetofreightisland.com/bookings – just select ‘outdoors’ when making your reservation.

Bongos bingo


It’s always one of Manchester’s busiest nights out, and the party tends to rise more than ever as the Christmas spirit sets in.

Bongo’s Bingo will have SEVEN Christmas offers this year, the 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th and 29th of December.

The very tropical Christmas nights take place in Manchester Albert Hall with Black Lace’s Dene Michael.

Tickets are available now at bongosbingo.co.uk.

Bar Hut


The rows of alpine-themed cabins will be back in the city center this winter when Bar Hutte returns.

Each cabin is its own karaoke box where groups of friends can belt out Christmas parties while drinking festive cocktails.

Bar Hutte will be performing at Great Northern from November 4 at the site that has been the Great Northern Beach Club over the summer.

Reservations can be made via the Bar Hütte website here .

Lightopia


The huge light and lantern festival at Heaton Park returns between November 19 and January 3 this year.

This year’s theme will be A Christmas Fantasy, with brand new lighting and easy projections to explore.

Zones will include Future, Time Travel, Fantasy Forest, Dragon’s Land and Candy Land.

Tickets cost £ 20.00 for adults (or £ 22.00 per day), £ 13.00 for children (or £ 15.00 per day) and £ 60.00 for families with two adults and two children (or £ 68 , 00 on the day), and is for sale now here.

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