Best Events in December

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

Last updated on 19th July 2021

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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 this December.

Nothing goes down better than a Christmas cocktail in December. Perfectly paired with a substantial festive feast, these tipples range from quirky twists on mulled wine all the way through to gingerbread-inspired mixes, adding an extra dash of yuletide cheer to your nights out.

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 with alternative menus and much more.

Get your fix of seasonal sips at these unique winter bars in Manchester. From cosy retreats with cocktails, fur throws and heaters  to exclusive igloos for socially distanced shindigs, there's plenty of unique places to drink across the city this December. 

Switch things up a little this December 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. 

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

Escape To Freight Island will be reopening for December, bringing Manchester an all-new socially distanced Christmas Market along with it. Head to Winter Island and you'll find a 45ft tree, mulled wine and hot cider, bratwurst grill, artisan cheese and chocolate, there's even a hog roast hut.  

Braving the chill this December and heading out for a winter walk? Check out our guide to the best places for a stroll around the city, from Insta-worthy streets to pretty parks, with suggestions on where to stop off for a pint and bite to eat afterwards.