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First Day Of Christmas Event, A Christmas Carnival style celebration is heading to Manchester.

Sparks - Photo credit Pedro Mendes
8 Nov 2021

Celebrate the start of the festive season 2021 with Manchester’s first-ever First Day of Christmas celebrations full of family-friendly entertainment across the city centre. 

The city-wide event has been organised by Manchester Business Improvement District and will see more than 50 performers appear on the city’s streets throughout the day as they help Manchester celebrate the first day of Christmas, bringing festive joy to all. 

Taking place on Saturday 13 November 2021 visitors will be transported to a winter wonderland like no other, filled with festive characters, illuminations, live music plus lots, lots more. 

First Day of chrisatmas manchester Fox

Head to Exchange Square to meet the beautiful puppet Aurora and her Arctic Fox in an unmissable roaming performance by Global Grooves. Then watch whilst stilt walking reindeers will also be making their way into the city centre.

First Day of Christmas Aurora

Be transported to Narnia at The Royal Exchange Manchester and meet the Ice Queens at Photo Corner and don’t miss The Living Lamp Posts as they illuminate Manchester’s finest shopping streets.

You will also be able to see Manchester’s very own life-size Snow Globe Queen as she entertains crowds on St Ann’s Square and be ready to waddle your way through the city centre with The Penguin Family and Crumpet the Elf as they try to find their way back to the North Pole. 

Get in the festive mood with live brass music in the afternoon with Bloco Brass Band and in the evening SPARK! Band’s one of a kind light up Christmas Music Show.

First Day of chrisatmas manchester Spark Shimmer 2012 Photo by Dan Brady 2Photocredit – Dan Brady

Plus you encounter performers from the Winter Circus as they welcome you into the city off Deansgate and onto Market Street.

For more information see here. 

Check out more upcoming Christmas events in Manchester in our guide here.

Main photo credit Pedro Mendes


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