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Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour 2023 dates confirmed for Manchester and UK

Experience the magic of Coca-Cola's Christmas Truck Tour in Manchester: discover your inner Santa, and spread kindness with Coca-Cola and Neighbourly.
Coca-Cola truck tour

There’s no surer sign that holidays are coming. Yes, the Coca-Cola Christmas truck is about to head out on its annual festive tour.

The iconic big red festive truck will be returning to Manchester on three dates this December as part of a full UK tour.

Coca Cola Truck Manchester Dates

The enchanting Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour is making a dazzling return to Manchester on Saturday, 2nd December, spreading holiday magic at The Trafford Centre, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8AA from 12:00 to 20:00.

The huge red truck has become synonymous with Christmas thanks to the festive Coke TV adverts with the jingle “holidays are coming”.

Coca-Cola truck tour

Coca Cola Truck at Trafford Centre

Coca-Cola is set to make this year’s tour extra special with a range of immersive experiences.

Families can step into a winter wonderland inside a life-sized snow-filled bauble for the perfect holiday snapshot.

The ‘Ho-Ho-Hoop hut’ offers a chance to play and win incredible prizes, from meal-inspired rewards to recycled Christmas tree decorations.

The tour culminates with a must-have photo opportunity in front of the iconic Coca-Cola truck, accompanied by the harmonious melodies of the Coca-Cola Christmas choir performing festive carols.

Discover Your Inner Santa

This year, Coca-Cola introduces the ‘Discover Your Inner Santa’ quiz, inspired by the heartwarming ‘The World Needs More Santas’ advert.

Visitors can unlock their unique Santa personality, choosing from four impactful archetypes: ‘The Thoughtful Santa,’ ‘The Joyful Santa,’ ‘The Generous Santa,’ and ‘The Empathetic Santa.’ The quiz aims to inspire kindness, giving, and friendship, embodying the universal spirit of Christmas.

Spreading Kindness

In the spirit of giving, Coca-Cola has partnered with Neighbourly, a charity and giving platform, to support local communities.

Through a volunteering scheme and donation drive, Coca-Cola and Neighbourly aim to make a positive impact on the cities visited by the Coca-Cola Truck Tour. Visitors can contribute online or via QR codes available at the tour locations, extending the festive cheer to those in need.

Quotes from Coca-Cola and Neighbourly

Florence Wheatley, Brand Manager at Coca-Cola Company, Great Britain, expressed excitement about the enhanced festive elements and the extended partnership with Neighbourly. Steve Butterworth, CEO at Neighbourly, emphasised the collaboration’s real-world impact in building stronger communities.

Unlock Festive Joy Anywhere

For those unable to attend the Truck Tour, the ‘Find Your Inner Santa Quiz’ can be accessed via the Coca-Cola app and on the new Christmas packaging, available in stores nationwide. Users are encouraged to share their Santa archetype on social media, with on-pack promotions offering chances to win festive prizes, including trips to Lapland and exclusive Coca-Cola goodies.

Stay Tuned for More Festive Fun

As the Coca-Cola Truck Tour continues its merry journey across the nation, stay tuned for the schedule, unveiled over the coming weeks at @CocaColaGBI on Instagram. Get ready for a sleigh full of fun and festive memories!

Kris Robbens, marketing director at Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland, said: “Christmas is all about sharing special moments with friends and loved ones and we’re looking forward to spreading the festive cheer across Great Britain again this year with our iconic Coca- Cola Christmas Truck Tour. 

“Whilst Christmas is a moment of celebration, it’s also incredibly important to remember those that need support throughout the season.”

The Coca-Cola Truck, featuring prominently in Coca-Cola’s holiday advertising campaigns, has been an iconic symbol of the festive season for several decades. The tradition of using the truck in holiday advertisements began in 1995 with the famous “Holidays Are Coming” commercial. Since then, the Coca-Cola Truck has become a central element of Coca-Cola’s holiday promotions.

The campaign successfully integrated the Coca-Cola brand with the festive spirit, creating a memorable and enduring association between Coca-Cola and the holidays. Over the years, the Coca-Cola Truck has become an iconic and eagerly anticipated element of holiday advertising, fostering a sense of tradition and nostalgia for consumers around the world.

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Where you can find the Coca Cola Christmas Truck:

  • Glasgow, Silverburn Shopping Centre: Friday 24th November, 12:00 – 20:00

  • Edinburgh, Fort Kinnaird Shopping Centre: Saturday 25th November, 12:00 – 20:00

  • Gateshead, Metrocentre, St. Michaels Way, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9Y: Sunday 26th November, 11:00 – 17:00

  • White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11 8LU: Thursday 30th November, 12:00 – 20:00

  • Liverpool ONE, 5 Wall Street, Liverpool, L1 8JQ: Friday 1st December, 12:00 – 20:00

  • The Trafford Centre, Trafford Park, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA: Saturday 2nd December, 12:00 – 20:00

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