November’s here. The clocks have gone back and the festive season is on the horizon.
It’s the month when Christmas lights give the city a festive glow, ice rinks begin to appear and festive markets pop up like daisies.
It may be colder and the nights may longer, but that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate just yet because there are plenty of events and fun things to do across the city.
Here’s our pick of the best things to do in November 2019.
GLAMOUR Beauty Festival at Manchester Central Convention Complex
The GLAMOUR Beauty Festival in association with Boots is making its debut in Manchester so prepare yourself for a day of pampering, amazing treats and a very generous goodie bag worth over £300. Spend the morning, afternoon or whole day exploring the different zones from hair, skincare, makeup, fragrance and wellness in a beauty lover’s theme park. The event will feature some fabulous beauty brands such as Huda, Elizabeth Arden, Clinique, Allergan plus many more. All of the brands will be offering incredible complementary treatments that will make you leave looking a million dollars! What’s more, there is a stellar line-up of influencers and celebrities, plus top makeup artists and stylists – all live on stage. You’ll be entitled to one free talk with your entry ticket, allocated on a first come, first served basis on the day. Tickets start from £50.
Heaton Park Bonfire and Firework Display
Remember, remember the 5th of November. Sedate your pets and buy some earplugs. This is one of the north west’s biggest celebrations. A funfair, food and drink stalls and a glorious firework display along with a bonfire make it a must-visit attraction every year. The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm, with the fireworks taking flight shortly afterwards. The event will be done and dusted by 10pm. Gates open at 5pm and there’s plenty of fairground rides for you to you can kill time on before the show stars.
Manchester Christmas Markets
8th November – 22nd December
Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets are back again offering up some mouth-watering international food and drink along with plenty of festive gifts and over 300 beautiful stalls and chalets spread across the city centre. There’s a new layout this year, with stalls spread all the way up to Piccadilly Gardens. The traditional main hub over on Albert Square will also look a little different. Zippy has retired so say hello to Father Christmas perched on top of the town hall.
Ice Village and Ice Tiki Bar
Family favourite Ice Village returns to Cathedral Gardens with an ice skating rink, an ice cavern and a new exotic addition you won’t want to miss – an Ice Tiki Bar with amazing tropical sculptures including Easter Island Moai ice statues, giant fruit and some n-ice photo ops. A drink is included in the entrance fee but be sure to get your thermals on because it’s on the chilly side inside.
Tickets for the Ice Cavern start from £8 per child and £9 for an adult. Tickets for Ice Tiki Bar start at £15 per person. 18+ only.
Manchester Christmas Lights Switch-on
The Christmas lights spectacular is moving from Albert Square for the first time this year as Manchester Town Hall continues its transformation. This year’s big switch on will happen on Deansgate near the Cathedral and features Becky Hill, best known for her collaborations with Rudimental and Sigala; Youtube sensation and former CBBC presenter HRVY; and X Factor girl group Four of Diamonds. Hits Radio breakfast presenters Fleur East, Greg Burns and James Barr will host the show. Expect an electric atmosphere and a lot of people.
Once Upon A Christmas Extravaganza at the Trafford Centre
The magical and festive Christmas Toy Parade is back and it’s bigger and better than ever. Children will get to see their favourite characters including Peppa Pig, PJ Masks, PAW Patrol, The Clangers and Father Christmas himself, of course. This Christmas extravaganza promises festive music, dazzling dancing from toy soldiers, nutcracker ballerinas, gingerbread men and a feel-good sing-along for the whole family to enjoy. The parade takes place at 11.30am and 2.30pm around the Orient at the Trafford Centre. Free.
Circus 1903 at The Lowry
Roll up! Roll up! Circus 1903 is coming to Manchester to show off a range of dazzling acts from around the globe. Experience all the thrills and daredevil entertainment of a magical turn-of-the-century circus as it rolls into Salford this month. The show includes sensational life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from War Horse and a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from across the globe including acrobats, contortionists, trapeze and high wire performers, taking you back to the Golden Age of Circus.
Liam Gallagher at Manchester Arena
Liam Gallagher is coming home as part of a massive new tour ahead of the release of his new album Why Me? Why Not with support acts Miles Kane and DMA. Tickets start from £79 but you better act now as they are selling fast.
Lightopia Festival at Heaton Park
21st November – 31st December
Europe’s largest light festival is coming to Heaton Park. This brand new immersive lantern and light festival features unique interactive and immersive lights, lanterns and incredible lasers with water-screen media shows. The ticketed event will also include live entertainment including acrobatic performances, local musicians and family rides, as well as plenty of food and drink stalls.
Advance adult tickets cost £18. Advance child tickets (aged between 3-16) cost £11. Advance family tickets (2 adults and 2 children) cost £54. Family tickets on the day cost £62. Children under 3 go free.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Palace Theatre
25th – 30th November
The musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert is on tour and coming to Manchester for a week long run. This smash-hit show features more glitter than ever before, a dazzling array of stunning costumes, fabulous feathers and a non-stop parade of dance-floor classics including It’s Raining Men, I Will Survive and Finally. Based on the Oscar-winning film, it’s the hilarious adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus bound for the Australian Outback to put on a show of a lifetime. Their epic journey is a heart-warming story of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance. Prices start from £17.
Marvel Universe LIVE at Manchester Arena
28th November – 1st December
Marvel fans get ready for this live, action-packed, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands.
This all-new show unites some of Marvel’s greatest Super Heroes including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk and Black Widow against some of the most fearsome villains.
Their journey sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother. Witness special effects, aerial stunts and video projection in this incredible adventure. Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family, live.