Pic Mark Waugh

Christmas is a magical time in Manchester and, with the leaves changing colour, those pumpkin lattes in full flow and the shops packing in the presents, we’re all getting into the Crimbo spirit.

The city is starting to bustle with festive activity and there’s nowhere quite like Manchester to do things right. This weekend sees the big Christmas Lights Switch On and the return of the ice rink to Cathedral Gardens.

Here’s our three to see in no particular order.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Pic Mark Waugh

Albert Square will be the setting for the biggest show in the city as stars of stage and screen come out in force on Saturday, 4 November – all topped off by a huge 10-minute firework display. It’s a night not to be missed. It’s a booze-free event so save your drinks for strictly after the show.

Bonfire Night at Cloud 23

Hilton Manchester Deansgate are putting on a show like no other. Head down on Sunday to experience the city’s striking skyline like never before. A selection of delicious treats and hand-crafted cocktails will accompany this unique firework show and make the 5 November a night to remember. Located on the 23rd floor of the Beetham Tower, Cloud 23 gives you the chance to experience the fireworks while sipping a Christmas cocktail or two and chomping on autumnal treats like salted caramel popcorn, parkin and mini toffee apples. What better way to spend the most picturesque night of the year. A window package for two in Cloud 23 this Bonfire Night costs £50, and includes cocktails, and sweet treats. Grab yours by calling 0161 870 1670 or emailing cloud23.manchester@hilton.com.

Ghost Hunt at Ordsall Hall

Ghost hunts at Ordsall Hall can be a truly terrifying experience. The place is known for the many sightings of a lady in white, thought to be Lady Margaret Radclyffe, who died broken hearted in 1599 after the death of her beloved brother, Alexander. On previous investigations at the hall, many guests have reported being touched or pushed or watched. The attic is known to be the most haunted part of the hall, giving guests the feeling of being pushed over a balcony and a cold feeling through the night. Are you brave enough to join the paranormal eye team at Ordsall Hall? It’s all kicks off at 9pm and tickets are £40. Click here to grab yours.

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