Stilt walking reindeer, a life-sized snow globe and giant Scandinavian puppets will all appear in Manchester this weekend as the city starts to get warmed up for Christmas.
All popping up as part of Manchester’s first-ever First Day of Christmas event, the city will be taken over by a magical line-up of over 50 festive characters for one day only – welcoming in festive cheer on every corner.
Taking place on Saturday 13 November, the event will follow the official opening of Manchester’s Christmas Markets and mark the first weekend of full-on Christmas shopping in the city.
Transporting visitors to a winter wonderland right in the centre of town, illuminations, festive characters and live music will fill the streets with the sounds of Christmas, helped along by the warming tones of a live brass band.
Scandinavian puppets will roam Exchange Square as puppet Aurora and her Arctic Fox entertain families of all ages as part of an enchanting performance organised by Global Grooves.
Elsewhere, stilt-walking reindeer will make their way into the city centre whilst at the Royal Exchange Manchester, you can meet some real-life Ice Queens.
You can also check out a life-sized Snow Globe at St Ann’s Square, join the Penguin Family and Crumpet the Elf on their hunt for the north pole, and catch performers from the Winter Circus where Market Street meets Deansgate.
Families can also get in the festive mood with live brass music in the afternoon with Bloco Brass Band. Then in the evening, SPARK! Band is lined up to perform what is being billed as a “one of a kind Christmas Music Show.”
The characters will be roaming across various locations in the city centre including Exchange Square, Market Street, St Ann’s Square King Street, Cross Street and Deansgate.
To find out more, you can visit the event’s website here.
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A Horrible Histories Christmas-themed stage show is happening in Manchester this month
You can discover the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in a new Horrible Histories stage show in Manchester later this month.
With the festive season officially upon us, temperatures dropping by the day, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, parents and guardians who are keen to keep the kids entertained but still educated while schools are out can grab tickets to a special Christmas-themed Horrible Histories stage show.
Heading out on a UK tour and stopping off at The Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester in a couple of weeks time, the impressive stage show is described as a festive celebration in the most “wonderful, funny, and moving way you’ll ever see”.
For many of us, when we think of Christmas, the magic of family, joy, goodwill, presents, and more usually come to mind, but how about Oliver Cromwell? Or even Henry VIII?
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young courageous boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas? From Victorian villains, to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, you can join the Horrible Histories presents cast on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.
You’ll be in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII ,and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
Horrible Histories Christmas is coming to The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 20 December at 11:30am.
You can go on a festive tour of the Coronation Street set this Christmas
One of TV’s most famous streets has had itself a festive makeover, and fans can hear the stories of Christmas past on a behind-the-scenes tours.
In case you missed it, the ever-popular Coronation Street: The Tourreturned back in March after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been giving fans of the iconic Manchester-based soap – which has recently celebrated 60 years on air – the chance to discover the hidden world that lies behind the camera at the external sets at MediaCityUK in Salford once again.
The 90-minute tours let you follow in the footsteps of all your favourite characters, and give you the chance to walk around the famous sets of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, The Kabin, and so much more.
Tour guides are also known for sharing secrets of the show as they take you round the set too.
But now, with the festive season officially upon us, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, Coronation Street has been turned into “the ultimate festive experience” for the all new behind-the-scenes tour – Christmas on the Cobbles.
This is your chance to experience the nation’s most famous street like never before.
Organisers are encouraging fans of the iconic soap to wrap up warm as they head out on an expert tour Coronation Street “dressed in its finest festive grandeur” to hear stories of Christmas past and spread yuletide cheer.
There’ll be carol singers dotted around the street’s famous sites, and festive treats like mince pies and gingerbread lattes to feast on.
The whole street will be festooned with lights and Christmas decorations
Christmas on the Cobbles Tours are running on selected dates this month up until 31 December, with tickets setting you back £28 for adults, £25.50 for under 16s, and £80 for families.