A Christmas in the City: Affordable Things to Do This Christmas

We all know it can be difficult to think of things to keep us occupied during the lengthy and dark months of Winter, particularly after a long week of working. But, welcomed by an array of City light switch-ons, Christmas brings a time packed full of fun things to do and a promise that you won’t get bored.

Britain’s First Ice Village

Christmas has officially begun in Manchester as it launches Britain’s first ever Ice Village made entirely out of… you guessed it… ice! This spectacular ice village will transform the Manchester Cathedral Gardens into a winter wonderland featuring a series of magical sculptures that are enough to impress Scrooge!

Image by TheIceVillage/Facebook

A steam train crafted entirely from ice will mark the beginning of an unforgettable journey. Throughout the journey, the story of Manchester is told with ice sculptures referencing famous local historical figures. This is joined by recognizable festive figures such as Santa in his mighty frozen throne, and a toy factory filled with a team of busy helpers. A beautiful array of arctic animals are also included such as polar bears, reindeer and snow foxes, not forgetting a delicate robin that can also be spotted.

Festive Drinks

Tis’ the season to be Jolly! Whether you are looking for a catch up with friends or a Christmas night out with work pals, the City is exactly where you need to be offering a whole load of Christmas party venues Manchester based, with an abundance of festive feasts and cocktails to enjoy.

Image by Keith Williamson via Flickr

Or, if you don’t fancy leaving the house, why not stick your favourite Christmas CD on, invite friends and family round and host your own DIY cocktail making masterclass.

Why Not Visit the Theatre?

Experience real magic and laughter this Christmas in the theatre! A host of spectacular musicals are performed across the globe during the festive period, a great way to spend your evening when you are in the City this Christmas. Enjoy Disney classics such as The Lion King and Aladdin, or a Christmas in New York with ELF. If these don’t appeal, you can also choose from Les Mes, Wicked, Nativity!, Mama Mia! and many more.

Image by Gidzy via Flickr

Christmas Markets

One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is a visit to a Christmas Market where you can find an array of weird and wonderful gifts, as well as unique festive food and mulled wine to warm your inner angels. If the smell of sizzling sausages, handmade strudel and roasted chestnuts appeals to you then the Christmas market is a great way to spend your time in the City this Christmas. Here are some of the best Christmas markets in the UK:

  • Edinburgh Christmas Markets
  • Manchester Christmas Markets
  • Belfast Christmas Markets
  • Glasgow Christmas Markets
  • London Christmas Markets

Image by Vincent Li via Flickr


Why not use the Winter weather as an excuse to settle down in front of the big screen with some popcorn and a drink, or two, and enjoy the latest blockbuster. The cinema is a place for everyone, whether you’re going alone, with pals or on a date, you can’t go wrong with the cinema. The Printworks in Manchester are offering tickets for just £4.99 making this an affordable festive treat.

Image by Gavriil Papadiotis via Flickr

Ice Skating

We all know it’s difficult staying active during the long winter months. A great way to do this is by swapping your slippers for some skates and heading down to your nearest Ice Rink! It’s also a perfect way to spend some quality time with family or have a Christmas night out with friends during the festive season. A hot chocolate to warm the fingertips at the end of the session is also extremely gratifying!

Image by PeppermintEvents via Flickr

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