Escape the Christmas crowds on a festive river cruise on the Manchester Ship Canal

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If you fancy doing something a bit different over the festive period and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Markets for a while, look no further because Manchester River Cruises have got plenty of brilliant boat trips to fill you with enough festive cheer to last you the season.

Climb aboard the Princess Katherine and take a cruise down the Manchester Ship Canal with the man himself, Father Christmas, and his elves. He’ll be bringing his grotto on board for this hour long cruise where you can enjoy mince pies and mulled wine whilst the little ones enjoy cookies and juice and some fun and games – and receive a special gift from Santa. Adult participation is a must. Elf rules.

There are various dates for the Santa Claus Cruise throughout November and December and tickets start from just £11.

If it’s more of an adult crowd you’re looking for, the Christmas River Show boat will be more up your street.

Popular Manchester wedding singer Russell Shaun, who has swing coursing through his veins, will be hosting a Very Russell Merry Christmas choosing his festive favourites as well as his pick of the crooner classics.

Or what about a Funky Christmas cruise with Victor Haines serenading you with some soul twists on classic Christmas bangers.

Elvis fan? No problem. If you want to get All Shook Up and party down the waterways, there really is no excuse not to with the Elvis at Christmas cruise featuring Chris Hudson.

Tickets to the river shows are £40pp and include a glass of prosecco on arrival and two-and-a-half hours worth of top quality entertainment.

If you’re the kind of person who just wants to sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of Manchester by night, the Christmas Evening River Cruise is the one for you. Departing from Spinningfields at 7pm, you’ll travel along Manchester’s historic waterways, soaking up the sights of Media City, Old Trafford and Coronation Street on this chilled out 90 minute cruise.

To add that little bit of festive spirit – not too much mind – you’ll receive a complimentary mulled wine and a mince pie to warm your cockles. Tickets are £15pp.

Prefer a daytime cruise? No problem. Take to the water on a Christmas Mini Cruise. Tickets include mulled wine or hot drink and mince pies, festive tunes and, of course, some amazing views.

So whether you’re a frantic festive lover or just someone who wants to dip their toe into the festivities this season, Manchester River Cruises has something for you. They really are pushing the boat out this Christmas. Sorry.

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