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Christmas Holidays 2021 Days Out Ideas around Manchester

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15 Dec 2021

Avoid the Christmas cabin fever and get out around Manchester over this Christmas 2021 Holidays with these great ideas. 

If you have a house full of new toys but are still hearing “I’m bored”, don’t worry we have put together a list of great ideas to get you and the kids out of the house over the Christmas holidays. 

Go Ice-skating In Manchester 

Christmas Days Out Manhcester Ice Skating

Ice Skating and Christmas seem to go hand in hand and there are two family-friendly links in Manchester this Christmas.  

Manchester Ice Rink In The Sky at Freight island

Running until the 9th January 2022, The Manchester Ice Rink is located at Freight Island on the concrete mezzanine level in Manchester City Centre.  The ice rink is part of the winter village where you will find food and drink that can be pre-ordered. 

See here for details of the Manchester Ice Rink In The Sky and how to book.

Skate Manchester, Cathedral Gardens

As part of Ice Village Manchester, this city-centre Ice Rink will be open until 3rd January 2020. The ice rink is open daily from 11.00am until 8.00pm with tickets starting at £11.00 depending on age and visit day and time. Skating aids are available for £5 and must be booked in advance. 

See here for more details about the Skate Manchester Ice Rink at Cathedral Gardens and how to book here. 

Other Manchester Ice Rinks 

You can also discover more Christmas ice rinks in our guide here. 

Catch a Family Show in Manchester

Christmas Days Out Manhcester Shows and Pantomimes

From Pantos to family-friendly Christmas shows a Christmas holiday trip to the theatre makes a fun Christmas holiday treat. We are lucky here in Manchester to have lots of Christmas shows to choose from. Here are our top picks for 2021. 

Aladdin Panto, Manchester Opera House 

Panto’s are back in Manchester and for 2021 the Manchester Opera House is welcoming Aladdin starring Alexandra Burke to their stage. Running until 2nd January 2022 watch as Aladdin tries to find his riches in a funny spin on the traditional story of Aladdin.

Check out our review of Aladdin at the Manchester Opera House here. 

Plus you can discover more details and how to book this Manchester Panto here. 

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry Theatre 

Take the kids on a magical journey as you step through the wardrobe into Narnia. Showing on The Lowry stage until Saturday 15th January 2021 this amazing show follows four children as they help to save a magical world from a forever winter where it is never Christmas. 

You can check out our full review of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Lowry Theatre here. 

You can also discover more details and how to book tickets to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe show here. 

The Not So Ugly Sisters, Waterside Theatre Sale 

Showing on the Waterside Theatre Stage until 1st January 2021 enjoy a fun family show following Cinderella’s stepsisters as they watch her wedding on the TV in their hair salon. 

Check out our review of The Not So Ugly Sisters show here. 

Plus you discover how you can book tickets to this Waterside Theatre Sale Christmas show here. 

Gandeys Snow Storm The Ice Show Spectacular, Trafford Centre

Enjoy a sensational Christmas show featuring top ice skaters, International circus stars of 600sq feet of shimmering real ice and lots more as the dynamic skills of international ice skaters sit alongside the breath-taking aerial acrobatics of our circus Superstars. Shows are running until 3rd January and tickets start at just £9.99 per person. 

See here for details about Gandeys Snow Storm The Ice Show Spectacular, Trafford Centre and how to book.

Watch a film at a Manchester Cinema

Christmas Days Out Manhcester Cinema

Christmas City Drive-In Cinema, Trafford 

Christmas City are showing a whole of films up to 31st December 2021. You can catch some great Christmas titles until Christmas Eve then some fun family favourites afterwards. 

You can check out the full list of films showing and how to book tickets to Christmas City here. 

Plus you can can check out our review of Christmas City Drive-In Cinema here. 

Enjoy A Trip To The Cinema 

There are some great new family films on at the cinema for Christmas 2021. From Clifford The Big Red Dog To Spiderman and more, there is something for all the families. 

To discover all the new films out this Christmas see here. 

Plus Cineworld are running their £2.50 Movies for Juniors films all through the Christmas Holidays. Check out what is showing here. 

Discover And you can discover the cheapest cinema tickets in Manchester here. 

Head to a National Trust Property 

Christmas Day Out Manchester National Trust

A trip to one of the local National Trust Properties makes a great Christmas Holiday day out. Here are our top picks with details of some of their Christmas Holiday events. 

Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4SJ

Dunham Massey is the place to go this Christmas Holidays. They have some lovely walks (with great paths for bikes and scooters for under 5’s), amazing food and beautiful gardens. Although their Christmas Light Trail is now sold out you will be able to spot some of the unlit installations which still look amazing. 

Plus you can enjoy a trail around the Dunham Massey deer park helping a family of mice with their festive dinner – see here for details.

Quarry Bank, Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

A trip to Quarry Bank Mill is a good choice for a fun Christmas Day out. The is also lots more to keep the kids occupied at Quarry Bank Mill, with playgrounds, walks, the chance to become a Factory inspector, check out the Mill and Water Wheel and lots more. 

Plus visitors can enjoy a winter wander trail helping Percy The Park Keeper to keep track of his animals – see here for details. 

You can also enjoy Christmas at Quarry Bank, learning how the apprentices would have enjoyed the seasons, and what a Georgian Christmas would have looked like. Plus there will be a variety of activities. 

Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NR

Although they don’t have any specific events on over the Christmas holidays, Lyme Park has lots to offer. They offer a good choice of some great walks, beautiful gardens, Crows Wood large play area, the chance to spot a deer or two and lovely food in their tearooms and cafe.  

Go To A Christmas Fun Fair In Manchester 

Christmas Days Out Manhcester Fun fairs

Tinsel Town, Trafford Centre 

Running until 3rd January 2022, Tinsel Town at the Trafford Centre has a great outdoor funfair including the UK’s longest toboggan slide, a big wheel and more. There are lots of festive food on offer and more. 

See here for details of Tinsel Town and how to book here. 

Winter Wonderland, Event City 

Enjoy a huge indoor funfair at Winter Wonderland. Taking place at Event City they have over 50 funfair rides, daily shows and even a circus. Sessions are four hours long and they have lots of festive food on offer throughout the event. 

You can discover details and how to book here 

Plus you can check out our review of Winter Wonderland here.

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