Manchester city guides

What to do in Manchester at Christmas.


Dylan Mitchell

Manchester Christmas Market Burger

Christmas is coming to Manchester and, simply put, there’s no greater place to visit during this time than England’s honorary capital. This already vibrant and bustling city comes to life even more so during Christmas time as the markets, twinkling lights and merry atmosphere sweeps through the streets. So, wrap up warm and head on over as there are plenty of Christmas activities in Manchester for you to take part in. If you’ve got no idea about these, read this guide to find out what to do in Manchester at Christmas and make the most of everything this city has to offer.

Christmas activities in Manchester.

With so much to see and do in one of the north’s most impressive cities, it’s well worth the visit if you’re deciding on where to go for a day out during the festive period. The great thing with all of our Mancunian Yuletide activities is that you can save on each one with days out deals, restaurant offers and even more Manchester discounts when you subscribe.

So, read up on our ideas for Christmas activities in Manchester to 

  • Visit Lego Santa at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

  • See the festivities on the streets

  • Watch the latest Christmas blockbusters

  • Dine out for a festive meal


Visit LEGO Santa at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre.

Never mind Lapland, take the family over to LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Manchester with plenty of Christmas activities to get stuck in with. There’s a scavenger hunt to take part in their winter wonderland-themed MINILAND, and pop-up dance parties to rock around the LEGO Christmas tree with their mascots. You can even head into the grotto and have your picture with LEGO Santa! With discounts available for entry with your tastecard, there’ll be smiles all around! So if you’re wondering what to do in Manchester at Christmas, this family-friendly option is ideal.

You can get attraction ticket deals in Manchester and across the country when you sign up.

Manchester Christmas Markets.

See the festivities on the streets.

At Christmas, the streets of Manchester are so massively transformed that you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking you’d accidentally visited the North Pole itself! Wooden stalls offering a variety of Christmas goodies run on and on through the city centre, so be sure to grab a little gift for yourself. With bright festive lights and huge decorations to be seen, even simply roaming around the city is enough to get you in the Christmas spirit. While you do so, stay nice and toasty with a festively-themed coffee or a tasty hot chocolate to complete the experience.

Free for tastecard members, you can grab 25% off barista-made coffee at 1000s of coffee shops across the country with our Coffee Club.

Family walking out of the cinema

Watch the latest Christmas blockbusters.

In the festive season, there’s no better way to get out of the cold and warm up again than by taking a trip to the cinema. There are always some quality Christmas flicks that hit the screens around this time for the whole family to enjoy, as well as some soppier or scarier choices for the adults. Whatever you end up seeing, why not go all out? With our great discounts for many popular cinemas in Manchester and across the UK, you have a little extra money to grab all your favourite snacks and make an event of it. 

With an average of 25% off with our discount cinema tickets, you can take a trip to the cinema and save while you watch with tastecard.

Village Brasserie Manchester Steak Salad

Dine out for a festive meal.

Whatever you’ve been up to during your jollies, there’s no better way to round the day off than with a well-earned meal at the end of it. Manchester is well known for its eclectic range of restaurants, so you’ll find it easy to locate somewhere everybody will enjoy as you head inside from the bustling festive streets. Taste the diverse flavours of the Village Brasserie, try Southern American dishes at Cabrals or explore Persian and Mediterranean cuisine at Logma. Whichever of our restaurant partners you choose, you won’t be disappointed!

With our Manchester restaurant deals, you can get up to 50% off and 2 for 1 deals in loads of favourite restaurants in the city.


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Now you know what to do in Manchester at Christmas, try tastecard today and enjoy 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food, cinema ticket savings, and discounts on days out.

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