Best Events In December

Even though our city gets even wetter and colder, this is a great month to get out there, bask in the snow and see the wild shenanigans on offer. The lights are bright and the markets are in full effect, so there's absolutely no excuse not to get into the festive spirit. As it's now the season of giving, here is our little Christmas present to you; a rundown of the best events happening this December in Manchester.

Last updated on 3rd January 2023

Whether you're planning the office outing or keeping it cosy with a chilled out Friendsmas, check out our guide to the best places for Christmas feasting in Manchester. Think swanky restaurants with all the trimmings, quirky bars boasting alternative menus and much more.

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Christmas in Manchester won't be complete without this lineup of events, from festive burlesque shows to bottomless brunches and all-out parties. Whether you're with pals or looking for something more romantic, this guide has it all.

Cherry Jam

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This ain't your ordinary high tea... With bottomless booze of cocktails, fizz concoctions and draught beer, Cherry Jam are really kicking things up a notch this December in Manchester. Their Christmas afternoon teas are offering up a lip-smacking festive feast for added yuletide cheer.

Switch things up a little and indulge you inner naughty side with Bougie Drag & Boy Toy's Christmas event schedule. You'll be treated to stunning drag performances, butlers in the buff and plenty more raucous entertainment to get you in the festive spirit. 

When in need of Manchester events this December 2022, don't miss Christmas pop-up Miracle On Cross Street. Not only will the bar be decked out with all kinds of stunning grotto-like decor, but there's festive cocktails and all you can eat mince pies too.

Manchester's Christmas lights have come into full-force this month, offering a seasonal escape complete with twinkling displays, trails and more. And where to go afterwards? We've got places to eat and drink covered too.

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Three-Four

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: Manchester on Various dates from Saturday 4th February 2023

Winter just got a whole lot hotter thanks to this quirky prison cocktail experience. Alcotraz are bringing together a fun lineup of festive drinks and twists on their usual immersive action, making it one of the best things to do in Manchester come December.


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The perfect pick for couples or mates that just love their food, YO! Sushi School sees you whip up a number of famous items at their Arndale restaurant, including nigiri and crunchy Cali rolls. Better yet, there's gyozas on arrival and you'll be able to munch your creations too.

Whether you want an RnB or garage theme for your brunch, Taste + Liquor are bringing the feel-good vibes to Manchester. There's five hours of partying and complimentary rum punch for a portion of that, so you can dance away to your fav tunes in style.

What's on at GRUB

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Your go-to for affordable events, from wreath-making to Britney birthday parties, disco bingo, bottomless brunch and watching the BBC Strictly final with bottomless drinks, GRUB really takes it up a notch for December. Plus, there's festive-themed burlesque too.

Good Life Skates

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Bringing a whole host of roller blading and DJ-packed skating sessions to Manchester is Good Life Skates, which can be found perched on the mezzanine level at Escape To Freight Island. Not only that, but each one-hour slot is super affordable too.

Swap the Manchester Christmas markets for Bar Hütte this December, which is =a haven for après ski-style partying. Get your fix of bombardino cocktails with hot rum and eggnog, freshly baked pizza and 'carole-oke' from your very own private chalet at the fun pop-up.