The Christmas markets are in full swing so head there for mulled wine, hot dogs and gifts galore. But if you’d rather beat the crowds, there’s plenty going elsewhere.
Think about heading down to O2 Apollo to see Hacienda Classical if you’re not busy stalking Santa at Tatton Park. Or if you’re hankering for a vegan pie over a bratwurst and fancy little Christmas shopping with an independent twist, then find your gifting inspiration at the Makers Market.
As usual, here’s this weekend’s three to see, in no particular order.
Father Christmas at the Farm
Following his arrival on 24th November, Father Christmas and his elves are settling into Tatton Farm and bringing their Christmas cheer and merriment with them. To celebrate their arrival, festive music fills the air – from carol singers to brass bands. You’ll even get to meet Aunt Mary in her Christmas cottage and she’ll be making traditional salt dough decorations – the perfect way to bring a piece of Tatton Park home. Find out more here.
Hacienda Classical – O2 Apollo
Hacienda Classical returns to Manchester at the end of the month for its homecoming end of year concert at the city’s legendary O2 Apollo. The gig sees FAC 51’s original DJ partnership, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, reinterpret the seminal dance classics which shaped the Hacienda, alongside Manchester Camerata conductor Tim Crooks. The show returns with a revised set, including adding new tracks whilst retaining some of the favourites from last year’s spectacular concerts. One not to be missed. More info here.
The Lowry Outlet Makers Market
Christmas is being brought to life as Lowry Outlet’s Season of Sparkle brings an Enchanted Elf Christmas Market plus magical family entertainment to the waterside shopping destination. The Lowry Outlet Makers Market takes up residency on the Piazza of The Lowry Outlet Mall. Expect to find the very finest local food and drink, whilst letting your eyes wander through the best of Manchester’s artisan offerings in design, vintage wares and modern craft. The market will be inspired by ELF The Musical and there will be a number of entertainers, live choirs and brass bands, plus a giant Christmas pudding which families can go inside to listen to favourite Christmas tales read by Mrs Elf herself. Hidden inside a magical igloo, children will experience snow creatures, the elves’ sorting office and the workshop itself before a chance to jump on board Santa’s sleigh for a selfie. It’s free to enter and runs all the way until 1st January. More info here.