Manchester’s Christmas Lights Switch-On
Friday 7 November, 7.30pm
Jason Manford is leading the star line up and will be joined by rising stars Collabro – the singing quintet who won this year’s Britain’s Got Talent competition and other guests. There will be an amazing firework display to kick-off Manchester’s Christmas celebrations and best of all – it's free! Please note that once Albert Square reaches capacity, entry to the area will be restricted.
Manchester Christmas Markets
14 November – 21 December (Daily from 10am, closing times vary)
Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets return this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts. Soak up the atmosphere and follow the market trail as it winds through the city centre with more than 300 stalls and chalets.
Manchester Arndale Grotto
20 November - 24 December
Meet Santa at his fabulous tree star grotto this Christmas at Manchester Arndale, with prices from £4.50. Visit www.manchesterarndale.com for more information.
Manchester Ice Rink, Winter at Spinningfields
6 November – 4 January
Manchester Ice Rink is back this winter for its seventh successive year! Manchester's only outdoor ice rink will be here over eight weeks as Spinningfields transforms into a winter wonderland.
National Football Museum
1 October – 4 January
Take a break from the cold and warm up with some extra time at the National Football Museum this season. Discover the beautiful game's greatest stories, see incredible objects and have a go at one of seven interactive Football Plus+ challenges. Then take a relaxing half-time break in the café and visit the shop to find that special gift for the football fan in the family.
Coronation Street The Tour – Christmas on the cobbles
22 November – 11 January
Coronation Street the Tour is a unique opportunity to walk down the famous cobbles of the nation's favourite street, have your picture taken at the bar of the Rovers Return and take a tour behind the scenes of the former Manchester sets.
This winter Weatherfield transforms into a winter wonderland, snow covered rooftops, stunning Christmas tree, carols and post a letter to Santa from the cobbles.
MOSI 3D Printing the Future
23 October – 19 April
3D: Printing the Future brings together hundreds of 3D printed objects, from printed knickers to 3D printed pills and a synthetic heart. It celebrates the creativity and examines the potential of this groundbreaking technology. It reveals how 3D printing will change our lives.
For more information please go to www.visitmanchester.com/christmas
John Rylands Library
In July, 'Locating Boccaccio in 2013' opens at The John Rylands Library. It celebrates the enduring popularity of the works of Giovanni Boccaccio and marks the 700th anniversary of his birth. Taking a wide-ranging overview of his works, it 'locates' Boccaccio in different times, languages, and places, from the 14th century to the present day, in manuscript, print and beyond. The exhibition showcases some of the riches of The John Rylands Library along with loans from private collections, and a new series of artists' books specially commissioned to commemorate the anniversary.
Running through until November, 'Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual' is an exhibition that focuses on the material culture of Native North American Indians of the Plains between 1800 and the present and the importance of the objects in a social and ceremonial context. The exhibition explores the world of the Plains Indians through exceptional examples of feather headdresses, shields, moccasins, painted hides, scalps, pipes, tomahawks, and traditional and contemporary dress.
The National Football Museum
Visit the National Football Museum in its new home at Urbis in Manchester city centre. Explore the world's finest collection of football artefacts and archives. Admission is free and there is plenty to keep kids of all ages occupied.
Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)
Based on the site of the oldest passenger railway station in the world, MOSI is must-see for visitors. Kids big and small will be fascinated by the hands-on exhibitions and the huge collection of vintage vehicles and historic working machinery. This summer there's the Steam School where you can learn to drive steam trains, and a Day out with Thomas family fun day.
The Quays is Manchester's unique waterfront destination. Just 15 minutes by tram from the city centre, it's an ideal destination for a day out or weekend break. Visit the IWM North for the fascinating children's exhibition Once upon a Wartime. Entry is free, and you can get one child's meal free for every 2 hot adult meals purchased in the Watershard cafe.
Walk Talk Tours
Go walk about in Edinburgh, York and Manchester with your own audio tour guide from Walk Talk Tours. Download and away you go. Enjoy seeing the sights on your own terms and at your own pace.
Is the place to go to put the bloom back in everyone's cheeks. Check out the family events, golf course, animal park and loads more.
Manchester United Football Club
The most famous club in the whole world. Only Manchester City fans might want to give it a miss...
Manchester City Football Club
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