Things To Do In Manchester On Christmas

Things To Do In Manchester On Christmas

If you are lucky enough to be heading to Manchester this festive season you are in for a real treat. There are so many fun things going on in Manchester on Christmas you will be spoilt for choice. That will definitely help get you into the festive spirit.

At the Stoller Hall they have a number of fabulous xmas concerts on throughout the month of December.

On the weekend of December 10th-11th, Stroller Hall have a specifically festive themed two day celebration for all the family to enjoy. The highlights include Tyneside Folk Rock pioneers Lindisfarne, Syd Lawrence Big Band and Kantos Chamber Choir.

Showing at the Stroller Hall on December 1st is Evelyn Glennie and trio HLk.

Pioneering solo percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie plays with Scottish improvising ensemble Trio HLK. Their music pulls apart jazz standards into fragments that are at times shimmering and cerebral, at others thunderous and visceral. Intricate and harmonious rhythms meet with a veritable battery of percussion instruments played by Glennie.

Pioneering ensemble Trio HLK comprises composer/pianist Rich Harrold, Ant Law on 8-string guitar and drummer Richard Kass. HLK began to collaborate with Dame Evelyn Glennie (the world’s premier solo percussionist) in early 2018 with a concert at Bristol International Jazz Festival. Their meticulous approach heavily deconstructs and recomposes well known pieces from the jazz & classical repertory. From the original musical building blocks they create intricate new pieces with complex frameworks for improvisation. The pieces are strewn with rhythmic and harmonic tricks, and their performances distort the meeting point of the composed and the improvised. 

This concert is supported by Arts Council England’s Supporting Grassroots Live Music Fund.

Manchester Camerata present two events in Manchester in December.

December 4th at 3PM




Start your festivities with this most beloved of masterpieces. After the success of last year’s sold out show, Manchester Camerata is back, with another stunning performance of Handel’s Messiah by candlelight. In the epic setting of the Great Nave of the Monastery. Dating back to 1742, the power and the beauty of Handel’s rousing Hallelujah chorus will engulf the incredible natural acoustics of the space. The performance will transport audiences back in time allowing for a moment of stillness, rejuvenation and joy before the holiday period.

Saturday 11th December at 3pm




To close out the year, Manchester Camerata present what has become a Christmas tradition with their annual Christmas celebration with the AMC Gospel Choir. Start of your festivities with this incredibly uplifting and moving concert for the whole family.

If you are looking to go the theatre in Manchester for Christmas…

The Man Who Wanted to be a Penguin will run at Waterside in Sale from 30th November to 31st December presented by the fabulous and acclaimed Stuff and Nonsense theatre company. This is the story of an extraordinary explorer and pioneering problem-solver. Planning his latest mission to the Antarctic he is learning to speak Penguin and hopes that you will too! 

Through puppetry and song, this playful show celebrates wild creativity and the joy of individuality.

Waddle on down and join the expedition!

Contact Theatre are doing forces with 8 eight freestyle productions to present a panto 80’s remix of Robin Hood . Running from the 10th December until 31st December. It is a fresh twist on the traditional, combining The Adventures of Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood with an upbeat, sing-along, 80’s panto playlist! eight-freestyle‘s Robin Hood is a story of courage, friendship and bad puns. There’ll be plenty of laughs along the way as Robin joins forces with Maid Marion to thwart the Sheriff of Nottingham’s evil plans to kidnap the young Babes. This is a show that has it all: adventure, action, laughs, music, magic and men with mullets! This show is for all of the family (ages 3+).

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