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What to do at Christmas in Manchester


Dylan Mitchell

Manchester Christmas Market Burger

Christmas is all about making memories with the ones you love. So if you’re looking for unique and memorable days out in Manchester during the festive season, you’re in luck! Here at tastecard, we’ve put together a list of the very best days out for Christmas in Manchester. So whether you’re in the city with your friends, partner or the kids, we’ve got plenty of ways to keep you busy during the most magical time of the year in Manchester.

Christmas Activities in Manchester.

You just can’t beat Christmas. So why not make it extra special this year and get some exciting discounted days out in the calendar? You can only spend so much time at the Christmas markets after all, so make use of our cinema ticket discounts or days out deals and get ready to have a jolly ol’ time.

Take a look at our picks for the very best ways to spend Christmas in Manchester with your nearest and dearest:

  • Odeon

  • Eat out

  • LEGOLAND Manchester

  • SEA LIFE Manchester

Family walking out of the cinema


Dreaming of a white Christmas? With the weather so cold outside, a trip to the cinema is the perfect idea for a Christmas day out in Manchester. Whether you’re keen to catch this year’s latest Christmas rom-com with that special someone, check out a joyful family-friendly movie with the kids or watch ODEON’s biggest blockbuster, you’re in for a good time with tastecard’s cinema tickets.

Need some quick festive refreshments before you head in? We’ve got you. Did you know that with tastecard, you’re automatically enrolled into the UK’s biggest coffee club? That’s right, with tastecard you can access 25% off barista-made drinks with Caffè Nero and plenty of Manchester’s independent coffee shops. So whether you’re after a hot chocolate or latte, grab one before the trailers finish and get to your seat!

So pay a trip to ODEON in Deansgate for IMAX, 3D and 2D films.

Village Brasserie Manchester Steak Salad

Eat out

Christmas is all about food and spending time with those who are near and dear to you. So what better way to make memories at Christmas in Manchester than over a deliciously affordable meal, courtesy of tastecard? 

Whether you’d prefer a authentic Italian dishes at Italiana Fifty Five or WOLF Italian Street Food  or hearty British pub bites at Impossible Bar, Christmas has come early with so many scrumptious choices.



There may not be many better Christmas activities in Manchester than LEGOLAND! LEGOLAND Discovery Centre is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. It’s designed specifically for children aged three to 10 years to enjoy.

Sneak a peek at the spectacular MINILAND, which is built from an unbelievable number of bricks - over 1.5 million, in fact! Explore and play with the interactive city, where airships swoop and towers glow as the little land changes from day to night. Meet the awesome Master Model Builders and get some LEGO building tips, or why not set them a challenge to build something for you? And if your kids are on Santa’s good list this year, you’re probably gonna need the brick-building training before the big day!

Adults who grew up playing with LEGO and kids who are just getting into it will absolutely love LEGOLAND. Revel in the nostalgia of opening up a LEGO set on Christmas morning, year after year, and enjoy the perfect day out at Christmas in Manchester.


SEA LIFE Manchester

One of the most educational and exciting Christmas activities in Manchester, it’s time to delve deep into the ocean with a trip to SEA LIFE Manchester! Find incredible species of fish and other interesting members of the ocean at SEA LIFE.


Learn about the kinds of species in the aquarium during talks and the feeding of various creatures, all while experiencing much of what the sea world has to offer, through the likes of the shark shipwreck, the shoaling ring, the ocean tunnel and the coral reef.

SEA LIFE Manchester is just a stone’s throw away from Manchester’s famous shopping centre, the Trafford Centre, and is also close to EventCity UK. So why not make a whole day out of your visit to SEA LIFE? Pop over to the Trafford Centre’s huge food court after SEA Life and tuck into a delicious meal this Christmas in Manchester. With tastecard, you can get save on a whole range of 2 for 1 meals or 50% off food in Manchester and across the UK - our Christmas gift to you.

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Start saving on the Christmas activities in Manchester with tastecard

Now that you know the very best Christmas activities in Manchester, why not join tastecard today and enjoy 2 for 1 meals and up to 25% off food and drink, depending upon where you choose to visit? That’s not all though, we also offer discounted days out across the entirety of the UK!

tastecard is simply the perfect idea for the foodie looking to explore a variety of restaurants for as much as half the price, so what are you waiting for?​​