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Things To In Between Christmas and New Year In Manchester 2023

A lit up reindeer in woodlands Things to do in Manchester Between Christmas and New Year
19 Dec 2023

Keep the kids entertained and get out and about this Twixmas with our list of things to do in between Christmas and New Year in Manchester 2023 for families.

The time between Christmas and New Year aka Twixmas is always an odd one. You have had the fun build-up to Christmas, the kids have opened all the presents and everyone has eaten their weight in Turkey and chocolate. 

If you want to get out of the house there is lots of things to do in Manchester from Panto’s and Christmas shows to Christmas light walks, fun events and lots more.

Keep checking back as we update and add more events on the run-up.

Fun Twixmas Fact

The word Twixmas comes from the old English phrase ‘betwixt’ which means between. 

Although it started as a British term, it is getting more popular in other countries with Google searches for the term popping up in the United States, India, Brazil and more. 

Looking for things to do on the run-up to the big day >>> Whats On This Christmas in Manchester 

Tinsel Town, Trafford Centre 

Trafford Centre Fun fair Tinseltown

Sunday 17th November 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

The Trafford Centre’s Tinsel Town will be running in between Christmas and New Year. 

The event features funfair rides, an undercover ice rink (see below), Gandeys Snow Storm 3 show, festive food and drink, an outdoor Christmas cinema and lots more.

Read More >>> Trafford Centre’s Tinsel Town Fun Fair 

Discover >>> Review of Tinsel Town at the Trafford Centre 

Broad Oak Heart Christmas Trail Fletcher Moss Park, Didsbury 

Broad Oaks Christmas Heart Trail Fletcher Moss Didsbury

Fletcher Moss Park in Didsbury is a great spot for a Twixmas walk and with the Broad Oak Hearts Christmas Hearts Trail the kids can have fun along the way. 

Trail sheets are available from the cafe in the park with a suggested £1.00 donation. 

Discover More >>> Broad Oak Christmas Heart Trail Fletcher Moss Park 

Animal Crackers at Lyme Park House 

Animal Crackers at Christmas Lyme Park Credit National Trust : Jan-Christof Telford
Credit National Trust : Jan-Christof Telford

Friday 1st to Saturday 30th December 2023 

Head to the Lyme Park House where Christmas has been interrupted by an animal takeover. 

Make your way around the house to collect the mislaid eggs, relax with cows and enjoy karaoke with badgers. 

The house will be decorated for Christmas. 

The event has been extended to run on the 28th, 29th and 30th December and will be open 11.00 to 3.00pm

The event is free but usual admission prices apply. 

Read More >>> Animal Cracker Christmas at Lyme Park

Jolly Robin’s Winter Walk Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey Events

20th December to 21st January 2024

Dunham Massey is a great place to blow off those Christmas cowebs and this Christmas they have extra fun in-store.

Jolly Robin has lost their song and needs your help to find it by followimg the trail. 

On the way watch out for top winter facts located historical buildings and ancient trees. Don’t forget to stop for some deer spotting, and enjoy a hot drink in the restaurant or café when little legs tire.

The trail will be open everyday from 10.00am  to 4.00 pm

Read More >>> Christmas Trail Dunham Massey 

Trafford Centre Ice Rink 

Review Trafford Centre Ice Rink

Sunday 17th November 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

The Trafford Centre Ice Rink will be open until New Years Day 2024. 

You can enjoy a skate around the rink to great tunes, they have skating aids available and skate hire is included in the tickets. 

Read more and how to book >>> Trafford Centre Ice Rink 

Discover >>> Review of Trafford Centre Ice Rink 

Skate Manchester Ice Rink 

skate Manchester

Wednesday 1st November 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

Another Manchester ice rink open in between Christmas in New Year is Skate Manchester.

Located in the City Centre, you can expect an undercover rink, you can expect twinkly lights, Christmas songs, and a huge Christmas tree to skate around. 

Read more and to book >>> Skate Manchester Ice Rink 

Totally Christmas, Walkden 

Totally Christmas Walkden trail theme one

2nd to 30th December 2023

 Totally Christmas has announced that they will be now opening between Chhristmas and New Year. 

A fun trail where you need to solve the puzzles in the mini escape rooms to make your way through each themed room. 

The event is aimed at primary-aged children and this year they have two trails to choose from.

Booking required. 

Discover More >>> Totally Christmas, Walkden Town Centre 

Christmas Bricktacular LEGOLAND Discovery 

Christmas Bricktacular LEGOLAND Discovery 

Saturday 25th November to 2023 to Wednesday 3rd January 2024. 

LEGO lovers can blow off some steam at LEGOLAND Discovery’s Christmas Bricktacular. 

There will be festive-themed activities, access to two rides, LEGO® build & play zones and a 4D cinema experience at this ultimate indoor LEGO playground.

Plus you can take part in a scavenger hunt in their winter wonderland-themed MINILAND®, Rock around the LEGO Christmas tree at our pop-up dance parties with our mascots and lots more. 

Tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery’s Christmas Bricktacular cost from £17.50 for adults, from £15.00 for children. Tickets to see Santa cost an additional £5.0o.

LEGOLAND Discovery Centre will be closed on 26th December and they will be hosting  LEGOLAND kids New Year’s Eve Party sessions  on 31st January 2023.

Read More >>> LEGOLAND Discovery Manchester New Years Eve Party 

For more information and to book tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery’s Christmas Bricktacular see here. 

Snowy’s Conservation Crew, SEA LIFE Manchester 

Snowy's Conservation Crew, SEA LIFE Manchester 
Credit – SEA LIFE

Saturday 25th November to Wednesday 3rd January 2024

For a fun day out head to SEA LIFE Manchester where you can join Snowy on a mission to try and help the animals of the North Pole and they need your help.

You will tasked to take on the challenges, find the answers, learn about the oceans and have loads of fun at SEA LIFE

There will be a chance to Meet Snowy the Snowman, take part in an arctic-themed trail, you might even win a prize! Plus lots more. 

Tickets start at £18.50 for adults and £15.50 for children. Under 3’s are free. 

More information and to book Snowy’s Conservation Crew, SEA LIFE Manchester here. 

Glow Christmas Light Trail at RHS Garden Bridgewater, Salford

Glow Christmas Light Trail RHS Bridgewater Garden
Credit -RHS Bridgewater Garden

Wednesday 15th November to Saturday 30th December 2023  

What better way to blow off the cobwebs than a walk around RHS Garden Bridgewater for a magical light display.

The Glow Christmas Light Trail in Salford will include tunnels festooned with fairy lights, mirror balls, rainbow lights paired with much-loved Manchester tunes under the rainbow lights, amazing light projections on Garden Cottage and lots more.

To book and more information >>> Christmas Light Trail at RHS Garden Bridgewater

Christmas at Dunham Massey Christmas Light Trail, Altrincham 

Dunham Massey Christmas Light Trail Light projections

Friday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2024

The Dunham Massey Christmas Light Trail will be running in between Christmas and New Year. 

The attractions will include sparkling tunnels of light, colour-changing battons of lights, dancing lights across the lawn, larger-than-life flower installations and lots more. 

They also have festive food and hot drinks on sale and usually have a couple of small fairground rides. 

Booking is required and dates sell out in advance. 

Read More and how to book >>> Christmas at Dunham Massey Light Trail

The Twilight Trail, Mayfield Park Manchester City Centre

The Twilight Trail Mayfield Park Manchester light trail
Credit – The Twilight Trail

Sunday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2024

The new Christmas light trail in the heart of Manchester City Centre The Twilight Trail at Mayfield Park will be running until New Years Eve

This 30-minute trail will feature over 50,000 lights over 6.5 acres with magical light shows. Food and drink will be available at Freight Island where kids who have been on the trail will be able to eat free. 

More details and how to book >>> The Twilight Trail at Mayfield Park.

Christmas Light Trail at Heaton Park 

Coloured light balls at Heaton Park Christmas Light Trail Lights - Credit Sony Music
Credit Sony Music

Friday 1st to Sunday 31st December 2023 

Heaton Park new Christmas Light Trail will also be running in between Christmas and New Year.

In partnership with Sony Music, the trail will feature colour-changing globes, light-up flowers, a huge silver star, lit-up arches and more.

Discover More >>> Heaton Park’s Christmas Light Trail

Family Films at The Cinema

cineworld Ashton Foyer

A trip to the Cinema always makes a great Twimas treat. 

There are some great new family films out this Christmas from cartoons to live-action and options for older kids. 

Read More >>> Family Films This Christmas at Cineworld 

£2.50 Movies for Juniors at Cineworld 

cineworld movies for juniors

If you looking for a cheap day out, Cineworld will be running their Movies for Juniors right across Christmas including Boxing Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day. 

The films cost just £2.50 per ticket (plus a booking fee) and they can sell out on popular dates. 

Read More >>> Christmas Holidays Movies For Juniors at Cineworld

Family Films at The Cinema

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Twixmas Christmas Panto’s 

Jack and the Beanstalk Panto Mannchester

You can’t beat a good old panto for a Christmas and New Year treat. 

Everyone is entertained for a couple of hours, you get to sit back and relax and they are always lots of fun.  

We are lucky living in Manchester as there are some great Panto’s showing this year. 

Manchester’s Jack and the Beanstalk Opera House Manchester – Saturday 2nd to Sunday 31st December 2023

The big Manchester Panto Jack and the Beanstalk will be on the Manchester Opera House stage in between Christmas and New Year. 

It features Jason Manford as Jack, as he is on a mission to save his family with his hilarious younger brother played by panto favourite Ben Nickless. 

Read More >>> Jack and the Beanstalk at Manchester Opera House 

Discover >>> Review of Jack and the Beanstalk Manchester Opera House 

Cinderella Christmas Panto, The Victoria Hall, Bolton Saturday 18th November to Sunday 31st December 2023

The Victoria Hall in Bolton, panto Cinderella is running right over the Christmas break 

Join Stephen Sullivan and Gethan White as the Ugly Sisters as Cinderella seeks her prince. You can expect all the traditional panto antics in this fun Christmas show. 

Read More >>> Cinderella Christmas Panto, The Victoria Hall, Bolton

Peter Pan, Stockport Plaza – Friday 8th December to Sunday 7th January 2024

The Stockport Plaza Panto makes a great treat between Christmas and New Year

This year the show is the retelling of Peter Pan starring Coronation Street’s Brian Capron as the boy who never grows old in this swashbuckling story. Be prepared to boo, hiss and shout enjoying all the best bits of a Christmas panto. 

Read More >>> Stockport Plaza’s Panto Peter Pan

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Panto, Romiley Theatre – Sunday 10th December to Sunday 31st December 2023

Join Charming Productions at the Romiley The Forum Theatre for a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Panto.

Follow Snow White as she tries to evade the evil queen meeting some new friends along the way. You can expect costumes, fantastic dancers and all of your favourite pantomime must-haves. 

Read More >>> Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Panto, Romiley Theatre

Jack and the Beanstalk, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Oldham – 14th December 2023 to 1st January 2024

Join Anton Benson Productions for the fun panto Jack and the Beanstalk. 

Expect all the panto traditions and lots of silliness at this popular Oldham Theatre

Read More >>> Jack and the Beanstalk at Queen Elizabeth Hall in Oldham

Christmas Shows On In Between Christmas and New Year 

Gandeys Snow Storm show trafford centre ice skaters

If a panto is not your thing you and your family can still enjoy a trip to the theatre during the Twixmas period.

There are some great shows across Greater Manchester with options for all ages. Here is what is running right up to New Year’s Eve.

Gandeys Snow Storm 3 The Northern Lights, Trafford Centre – Friday 24th November 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

Enjoy an amazing Christmas circus show with Gandey’s Snow Storm 3 at the Trafford Centre.

You can expect ice skaters, circus performers and lots of festive fun including an appearance from Father Christmas and the cute Ice Bears. 

Read More >>> Gandeys Snow Storm 3 

The Snow Queen, Waterside Arts – Friday  29th November to Saturday 30th December 2023

Discover the story of Snow Queen who lives at the top of the world and is supposed to control the weather.

But something is wrong, the weather is getting hotter and it hasn’t snowed for years but it seems that Lumi is the only one who has noticed.  

Follow she heads on a long making new friends – from an overworked elf to a pompous polar bear and as she learns that small changes make a big difference! 

Read More >>> The Snow Queen, Waterside Arts

Twinkle Twinkle, Z-Arts Manchester – Thursday 14th to Sunday 31st December 2023

For a show specially designed for children aged 1 to 4 head to at Z-arts Manchester. 

Follow Marty the puppy, whose songs and playtime with his Dad are the best part of his day. But sometimes, you have to learn how to find the music inside yourself…

You can expect brilliant puppetry, magical interaction and an original score.

Read More >>> Twinkle Twinkle, Z-Arts Manchester

Lost and Found, Aviva Studios – Tuesday 12th December 2023 to Saturday 6th December 2023

Enjoy Oliver Jeffers’ award-winning children’s book, Lost and Found as it is brought to life by Factory International. 

Lost and Found is a heart-warming, magical story of friendship and loneliness, following the journey of a little boy who one day finds a penguin on his doorstep. 

You can expect puppetry, video projections, a cast of characters that charm and delight, not to mention a gang of rowdy seagulls and lots of surprises. 

Discover >>> Review of Lost and Found Show Factory International Manchester 

Things to Do Outside of Manchester Between Christmas and New Year 

If you are happy to travel outside of Greater Manchester there are some great events during Twixmas located not too far away.

12 Days of Quarry Bank Christmas Trail 

Quarry Bank credit Quarry Bank

Friday 1st December to Sunday 7th January 2024 

Fancy stretching your legs, then Quarry Bank is the place to head. Not only do they have beautiful grounds and historic buildings to explore but they also have a fun Christmas trail.

Families can go on a festive trail exploring Quarry Bank Christmas both past and present. Find the 12 days of Quarry Bank Christmas across the property and fill in your festive song sheet.

Plus there is a competition for a chance to win a National Trust gift card and hamper of Quarry Bank treats.

The trail cost £2 per sheet and is avalible from Visitor Reception. Usual Quarry Bank admission charges apply.

Read More >>> Quarry Bank Christmas Trail here. 

Indoor Funfair Liverpool 

Indoor Funfair Liverpool
Credit – Indoor Funfairs

Saturday 23rd December 2023 to Sunday 7th January 2024 

Indoor Funfair is back in Liverpool for the Christmas holidays. 

They have over 25 rides with options for all ages from thrill rides such as Fusion, family favourites including the Dodgems and smaller carousel rides. 

Tickets are via wristbands for 3-hour time slots and range from £9.99 to £14.99 depending on the time and if you book in advance. 

Read More >>> Indoor Funfair Liverpool 

Christmas By The Sea, Blackpool 

Christmas By the Sea Blackpool - Credit Visit Blackpool
Credit – Visit Blackpool

Friday 17th November 2023 to Monday 1st January 2024

Blackpool’s Christmas By The Sea event will be running right up to New Year’s Day. 

Located at Blackpool’s Tower Festival Headland, there will be a festive village including a free ice rink, light projection shows, festive fairground rides, simulated snowfalls, a snow slide and lots of festive food. 

Plus the festive trams will be running along and Blackpool Illuminations will still be on. 

The event will run from 12.00 noon to 9.00 pm daily except on Christmas Day.

Discover more >>> Christmas By The Sea Blackpool 

Land of Lights Gullivers World, Warrington

Land of lights Gullivers World Warrington
Credit – Land of LightsSaturday 11th November to Sunday 31st December 2023 

Land of Light will be lighting up Warrington’s Gulliver’s World this Christmas and will be on until to the New Year. There are 12 Dreamworlds to explore with gigantic lanterns, installations inspired by the animal kingdom, Jurassic living dinosaurs and more.Tickets cost from £18.00 for children and £18.00 for adults with under 2’s are free.To book tickets to Land of Lights Gullivers World see here. 

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester, Cheshire 

Chester Zoo Lanterns christmas light trail
Credit – Chester Zoo
Friday 17th November to Sunday 31st December 2023 The Lanterns at Chester Zoo are always popular and a pick for a post-Christmas day out. This year’s trail offers new light installations. You can expect lands filled with colours and animals lots more. Tickets cost from £15 for adults and £12.00 for children.More information and how to book tickets to Lanterns at Chester Zoo here.

Enchanted Knowsley Christmas Light Trail

Knowsley Safari Christmas Light Trail
Credit – Knowsley Safari
Saturday 18th November to Saturday 30th December 2023 Knowsley’s Christmas Light Trail Enchanted is back for 2023 and will be running until Saturday 30th December 2023. You can expect giant animal lanterns such as zebras and penguins, a rainbow road, a technicolour light tunnel and lots more. There will also be the chance to toast some marshmallows and purchase festive treats. Tickets cost from £10 per child and £10 per adult. More information and to book tickets to the Knowsley Christmas Light Trail here. 

Things To Do In Manchester On New Year’s Eve For Families 

New Years Events For Families Manchester

Kids love to celebrate New Year’s Eve as much as adults, but it is not always easy to find things to do for families. 

However, there is a lot going on in Manchester for families the New Year’s Eve with kids of all ages to enjoy.

From parties in the evening to see in the New Year and in the day for those who won’t be able to stay awake, to New Year’s Eve days out ideas and festive shows – there is something for all tastes and budgets. 

Discover The Full List >>> New Year’s Eve Events In Manchester For Families 



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