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A brand-new ‘Twilight Trail’ comes to Mayfield Park this Christmas as Freight Island makes festive transformation

Winter Island isn't just getting a major makeover, Mayfield Park in transforming into a giant glittering light trail. (this article contains affiliate links)

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 3rd November 2023

It’s all about to get very merry over in Mayfield as not only is Manchester’s newest city centre park set to transform into a festive ‘Twilight Trail’ for the first time ever but Escape to Freight will once again become ‘Winter Island’ for the holiday season.

While Depoy Mayfield’s Winter Island has quickly become a Yuletide staple of late, since the pretty park next door is celebrating just its second Christmas since opening to the public in September last year, the people behind one of Manchester’s most resurgent districts are expanding their festive plans for 2023.

Debuting the brand-new Twilight Trail on Friday, 17 November, Mayfield Park is being treated not only to a proper Crimbo makeover but will also be playing host to some of their neighbour’s most popular food and drink traders to provide a family-friendly night out to get in the seasonal spirit.

With affordable tickets and located just a short walk from the city centre’s numerous transport links, Mayfield is providing an accessible and budget-friendly activity for all ages this Christmas.

Freight Island favourites like Cocoa Cabana, Parmogeddon, Lazy Tony’s and more will join a Bavarian smoking coal BBQ as well as classic Paulaner tap takeover fitting of Manchester’s legendary Christmas Markets themselves, only this one offers an immersive winter light show.


There’ll be several unique light installations as you make your way around the pristine new park, with each circuit estimated to take around half an hour — though we obviously urge you to take your time and soak in the dazzling displays — before finishing your loop back at the adjacent Winter Island.

Speaking of the Depot‘s festive alter-ego, all the independent food and drink spots will still be serving up their usual suspects: Burgerism, Voodoo Ray’s, Patel’s Pies, Payal; Mia’s Arepas, FUKU Mega Gyros, Oh My Cheesecake and Fry-By, just to name a few.


But beyond stuffing your face, Freight Island’s Plant Room will also be transformed into Santa’s grotto, where the kids can meet the man himself from just £22.50 per child, but The Mezz will also once again become cosy Alpine Lodge in collaboration with Grey Goose, complete with a Santa Paws dog show, wreath making workshop with Northern Lights, DJs, live performances and more.

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Mayfield Park’s Twilight Trail will be open all through Christmas from 17 November and right up until New Year’s Eve. You can grab your individual tickets for just £8 and family packages from £28 HERE.

As for Winter Island, the festive food, drink and events hall will be open from Thursday, 9 November until Christmas Eve, with opening times from 4-11pm on Thursdays, 4pm until midnight on Fridays; noon until midnight on Saturdays and 12pm-10pm on Sundays. Walk-ins are available or you can book HERE.


You know what? We’re feeling all nice and festive now — see you on the trail and back at Freight for a bev or two. Merry Christmas!

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