6 great reasons to spend Christmas at HOME this year


HOME really is where the heart is this festive season as Manchester’s centre for  contemporary art, film and theatre puts on on a massive range of festive entertainment for you to enjoy. From packed parties to an 80s inspired Christmas film season, there’s something for everyone – adults and children alike.

Back to the Future-inspired party


Get your Christmas celebrations off to an early start on Friday 9 December with a spectacular party inspired by Robert Zemeckis’s much-loved 1985 film Back to the Future  featuring a screening, Enchantment Under The Sea-inspired 50s to 80s disco and DJs, plus a very special visit from the DeLorean Time Machine. The ground floor bar will be transformed into a kitsch, underwater setting inspired by the high-school prom Marty McFly gatecrashes serving classic 80s cocktails plus authentic diner-type hotdogs and steaming piles of mac’n cheese. At 22:04 – the exact time in the film when the clock tower is struck by lightning – you’ll be fast-forwarded to 1985 when DJ Christopher Dresden Styles, assisted by drag queen, dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Tilly Skreams from Pop Curious? will play the best 1980s tunes.

A Very 80s Christmas film season


The season of 80s Christmas movies continues throughout December with classics The Dark Crystal (PG, 1982), Santa Claus: The Movie (U, 1985, including three schools’ performances), Scrooged (PG, 1988), Little Shop of Horrors (PG, 1986), The Thing (18, 1982), and finally three screenings of The Princess Bride (PG, 1987), including a ‘Bring the Family’ screening.

Yule Be Sorry

©Tristram Kenton
©Tristram Kenton

On Friday 16 December, post-drag, post- gender, performance avalanche and avant-garde legend, Manchester’s own David Hoyle is joined by London’s award-winning cabaret stars Bourgeois & Maurice and Jonny Woo to present Yule Be Sorry: A Christmas Cabaret, an unmissable evening of high comedy, sound, vision, paint, and song.

WOW! Said the Owl


WOW! Said the Owl presented by Little Angel Theatre lets young audience members explore the wow-world of colours with a curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what daylight brings. The production brings the acclaimed children’s book by award-winning author Tim Hopgood stunningly to life in a 35-minute show that blends beautiful storytelling, puppetry, and music. Ideal for children aged 2-5. Wed 14 – Fri 30 December

Performance of The Nutcracker

Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL
Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL

On Thursday 8 December there’s a performance of The Nutcracker, presented by the Royal Ballet, live from the Royal Opera House in London. Peter Wright’s version from 1984 is regarded as the production par excellence of this timeless family favourite.

A Host of Festive Films


On Friday 16 December, HOME teams up with First Street Manchester for a pre-Christmas party. First Street will provide a festive atmosphere with carols around a 20ft tree, snow machine, hot chestnuts, pretzels and candy floss, whilst HOME will be screening the ultimate Christmas feel good movie It’s a Wonderful Life and 1947 classic Miracle on 34th Street.

Which all goes to prove that when it comes to Christmas entertainment, there’s no place like HOME.

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