11 fantastic shows at The Bridgewater Hall to enjoy over the festive season


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s never too early to plan for your favourite festive entertainment. There’s a wide range of superb concerts to choose from in Raymond Gubbay’s Christmas Season at The Bridgewater Hall with something for everyone, from ballet and carols to big bands and pop. Tickets are available now but be quick because when they’re gone they’re gone.

Christmas with Russell Watson

Sunday 8 December, 3pm

Salford singing sensation Russell Watson returns to The Bridgewater Hall this Christmas. He’ll be joined by over 150 performers on stage and will perform a wonderful concert of much-loved music, seasonal songs and Carols for All. A festive treat not to be missed! With festive favourites including: Silent Night, O Holy Night, White Christmas, Adeste Fideles, Ave Maria, and many more.


Now That’s What I Call Christmas

Tuesday 17 December, 7.30pm

The biggest selling festive album of all time performed LIVE ON STAGE by a powerhouse live band. Sing along to iconic Christmas classics including All I Want For Christmas Is You, Last Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Fairytale Of New York, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday and be part of the ultimate party with all your favourites wrapped up in one great show.


Christmas Spectacular

Wednesday 18 December, 7.30pm

Christmas Spectacular is a cracker of a show with music, dance, lights, spectacle and a snow-filled finale. The Bridgewater Hall will spring to life with high kicks, festive fun and special effects plus all the trimmings in the company of glittering West End vocalists, a full orchestra and the all-star Jingle Belle dancers. Join in with toe-tapping tunes and sing along to seasonal songs including Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Merry Christmas Everyone, White Christmas, Walking in a Winter Wonderland and The Twelve Days of Christmas.


Christmas Carol Singalong

Tuesday 24 December, 3pm

Sing your heart out as irrepressible showman Jonathan Cohen returns to lead you through another fun-filled jamboree of his most-loved carols and all-time Christmas hits such as Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, Merry Christmas Everybody, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Merry Christmas Everyone, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, Sleigh Ride and many more. This festive favourite has been raising the roof for over 20 years.


Simply Sinatra

Thursday 26 December, 3pm

Spend Boxing Day afternoon celebrating Ol’ Blue Eyes himself at a special matinee of music, song and dance. Matt Ford and Emma Kershaw will perform the classic hits of Sinatra accompanied by a fabulous 27-piece show band and ballroom dancers. Featuring: Come Fly With Me, The Lady Is A Tramp, The Way You Look Tonight, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, Fly Me To The Moon, Luck Be A Lady Tonight, Mack The Knife, Night And Day, My Way, Moon River, Cheek To Cheek, New York, New York.


The Greatest Show Tunes

Friday 27 December, 7.30pm

Celebrate the best of West End and movie musicals with this show-stopping concert packed full of the greatest show tunes. Expect a high energy, musical theatre extravaganza that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Featuring your favourite songs from The Greatest Showman, Mamma Mia!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dreamgirls, The Phantom of the Opera, 9 to 5, La La Land, Jesus Christ Superstar and many more.


The Johann Strauss Gala

Saturday 28 December, 2.30pm

Join the Johann Strauss Orchestra and Johann Strauss Dancers for an enchanting afternoon of evocative music, exquisite dance and billowing gowns as they perform a wonderful selection of your favourite waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family and friends. Featured pieces include Blue Danube Waltz, Radetzky March, Tales from the Vienna Woods, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Roses from the South Waltz, Voices of Spring, The Laughing Song from Die Fledermaus and Schlau Schlau Polka.


The Music of Zimmer vs Williams

Saturday 28 December, 7.30pm

An epic concert celebrating Hans Zimmer and John Williams, two of the greatest film music composers of all time, and featuring some of their very best scores including Superman, Harry Potter, Inception, Gladiator, Man of Steel, E.T., Jurassic Park, The Dark Knight Rises, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Indiana Jones and many more.


New Year’s Eve Gala

Tuesday 31 December, 8pm

Celebrate a New Year’s Eve like no other at The Bridgewater Hall with a concert of rousing classics, a whole load of fun and a dazzling firework finale. This thrilling programme features a perfect assortment of some of the world’s most uplifting music including Morning and In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg, Rossini’s Largo al Factotum from The Barber of Seville, Bizet’s The Pearl Fisher’s Duet, Elgar’s Nimrod, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker plus New Year’s Eve favourites including Hornpipe, Rule, Britannia!, Nessun Dorma and Land of Hope and Glory.


Swan Lake

Sunday 5 January, 2pm & 5.30pm; Monday 6 January, 7.30pm

The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score. This tragic tale features the iconic dual role of the temptress in black, Odile and the swan queen Odette in one of ballet’s most unmissable technical challenges. Performed by one of Russia’s leading ballet companies, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia, which has built an international reputation for performances of outstanding quality and unusual depth, accompanied by The Russian State Ballet Orchestra.


Glenn Miller Orchestra

Sunday 12 January, 3pm

The UK’s most renowned big band swings you back in time playing Glenn Miller’s own arrangements of favourite wartime chart toppers and hits from the forties directed by legendary band leader Ray McVay. Moonlight Serenade, Tuxedo Junction, Little Brown Jug, Pennsylvania 6-5000, Rhapsody in Blue, You’ll Never Know, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and In The Mood are just some of the unforgettable hits that you know and love.



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