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Concerts & Events at Manchester Arena

14th December – Josh Groban
20th December – Andre Rieu

Manchester Apollo Concerts

15th December - Sasha Re-fracted

19th December - Travis: The Man Who in Concert

20th December - Orbital

21st December - Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra


Ice Village Manchester 09/11 - 05/01/19

Where: Cathedral Gardens

When: 9th November to 5th January

Cathedral Gardens will become a winter wonderland this year, complete with ice skating rink, Artic Bar and Santa’s Grotto. Its festive fun for the whole family.

Christmas Markets 9/11 - 22/12

Where: Across the City

When: 9th November to the 22nd December 

The centre piece of Manchester's festivities is back for its 20th year. Over 300 stalls selling food, drink and all kinds of Christmas treats will spread over the city. So grab a mulled wine and bratwurst, and have a Merry Christmas.

Santa’s Grotto 16/11 - 24/12

Where: Manchester Arndale

When: 16th November to 24th December

Santa has brought a portion of the North Pole to Manchester and is ready to meet the kids and hear their Christmas lists. Make sure you don’t delay in seeing the main man from Thursday 16 November until Sunday 24 December!

Santa Special Train - Weekends in December

Where: East Lancashire Railway

When: Weekends in December

Step aboard the East Lancashire Railway and immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, enjoy a festive tipple as Santa and his helpers deliver gifts to all the children.

Wicked! 4/12 – 5/01/18

Where: The Palace Theatre

When: 4th December to 5th January

The smash-hit musical that reimagined story of The Wicked Witch of the West is back in Manchester. A must see for any theatre fan.



Cinderella 8/12 - 30/12

Where: The Manchester Opera House

When: 8th December - 30th December

Comedian Les Dennis starts in the traditional Christmas pantomime, Cinderella. Enjoy a fun filled family panto, featuring all of the ingredients of the perfect pantomime; celebrity names, stunning scenery, fantastic costume and plenty “He’s behind you’s”!!

Unveiling of the statue of Emmeline Pankhurst 14/12

Where: St Peter's Square

When: 14th December 

Designed by sculptor Helen Reeves, statue of famed Manchester suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst will be unveiled in her new home opposite the Central Library in St Peter's Square.

Deer Feed and Trailer Ride 18/12 - 19/12

Where: Tatton Park

When: 18th & 19th December 

Follow the Tatton Park Rangers as they take the Deer for their Winter feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Please pre-book to avoid disappointment.

New Year’s Eve firework display 31/12

Where: Albert Square

When: 31st December

Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square.

An Audience with Luke Jermay – The Mind Reader 7/01/19

Where: Theatre Impossible
When: 7pm

A brand-new interactive show. Each show is strictly limited to 30 people, with the tickets being sold in pairs. This fully immersive experience aims to show the power of the human mind.


The Rocky Horror Show 9/01/19 – 26/01/19

Where: Manchester Opera House
When: 7pm

The cult classic Rock & Roll Musical is back in Manchester. The story follows the adventure of newly engaged college students Brad & Janet, who’s road trip is cut short when their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion. Grab your fishnet tights and sequined top hats for a night you won’t forget.

Applause Generator with Simon Munnery 12/01/19

Where: The Dancehouse
When: 8pm

Comedy duo FOXDOG, fresh off a successful Edinburgh Fringe festival and 3month tour of Spa, bring a new show to Manchester. Expect music, comedy and bad robots!

LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist 16/01/19

Where: Salford Museum and Art Gallery, Peel Park
When: 7pm

An introduction to the works of famous painter LS Lowry. The talk covers all the ages of his career and shows examples from the largest public collections of Lowry works.

The Band: Take That's New Musical 16/01/19 – 26/01/19

Where: The Lowry Theatre
When: 7pm

A new musical from Tim Firth, explores the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives obsessed with a boyband. Featuring the music of Take That.

Chetham's Library Unscripted 17/01/19

Where: Chetham's Library
When: 6.30pm

A self-guided, afterhours tour around the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. After you have explored the library, enjoy a glass of wine and an informal chat with the curators and staff.

Moscow City Ballet – Romeo & Juliet 17/01/19

Where: The Palace Theatre
When: 7pm
Experience the beauty of some of Russian best dancers as they preform Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Complete with live orchestra, this is an experience ballet lover would not want to miss.

The Caravan and Motorhome Show 17/01/19 -20/01/19

Where: Event City
When: 10 am – 5pm

Thinking of buying a caravan or Motorhome? Visit the North’s biggest outdoor leisure show to see the latest models and let the experts inspire your outdoor pursuits.

Moscow City Ballet – Swan Lake

Where: The Palace Theatre
When: 7pm

The Moscow City Ballet dancers will perform one of the most popular ballets, Swan Lake, in the Russian style with a full live orchestra.

Mike Farris - Silver & Stone UK Tour 24/01/19

Where: Night & Day
When: 7pm

Mike Farris tour for his new album Silver & Stone. The album was inspired by his wife and their 23 years of marriage.

Sam Avery - The Learner Parent

Where: The Lowry Theatre
When: 7pm

Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) is a stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author of a blog about being a new parent to twin boys. Sam show explores the highs and lows of first-time parenthood.

National Track Championships 25/01/19 – 27/01/19

Where: HSBC UK National Cycling Centre
When: Various times – Tickets required

The highlight of the British Cycling calendar, the championship sees the best riders from across the nation compete to claim a Nationals Champion Jersey.

Jersey Boys 29/01/19 - 02/02/19

Where: Palace Theatre
When: 2.30pm or 7.30pm

This Rock’n’Roll musical is the dramatization of the career of 1960s group ‘The Four Seasons’.