Best Things To Do This Winter In Manchester

Don't think that Mancunians are put off by the dark and damp - even a little snow and drizzle can't keep us from having a dapper time. From festive film screenings and cosy fireplace pubs to sought-after winter feasts and eccentric events, the chillier months of the year won't keep us down. Check out our guide to the hottest things to do in Manchester this winter.

Last updated on 15th November 2022




For just £15 a person, you can nab a table at Miracle On Cross Street, the festive-themed pop-up that's decked out with all kinds of Christmassy decor and drinks. Think a tasty drink on arrival, followed by the chance to tuck into unlimited mince pies or grab an apple pie martini. 

The latest outdoor pop-up space at The Lawn Club, Alice's Yurt sees Johnnie Walker cocktails, a Mad Hatter statue, a stunning central tree and live music all come together in one place. Not only that, but there's World Cup screenings to book too.

Learn The Art Of Sushi

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Keep out of the cold this chilly season by trying your hand at the Japanese classic with YO!'s Sushi School. Found at its Arndale outpost, the restaurant will see you slicing, rolling (and eating, of course) everything from salmon sashimi to a delish cucumber maki.

Looking for a snug little retreat to escape the winter chill? We've rounded up the very best places to hunker down with freshly poured pints, hearty plates and roaring fireplaces. From traditional boozers boasting old school charm to modern gastropubs, this city has got them all. 

Feel The Festive Heat

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Keeping things naughty this festive season? Swing by Bougie Drag & Boy Toy Events for the chance to indulge in unlimited fizz, delicious dishes and jaw-dropping entertainment from some of the UK's best stars; it's sure to get temperatures rising. 

The hottest pop-up trend is back in Manchester, that's right... we're talking about igloos. Treat yourselves to a private get-together in your very own snow globe, complete with Insta-worthy interiors, themed eats and festive cocktails aplenty.

If you're looking for things to do this December in Manchester, what better way to warm your cockles through than with a cracking Christmas dinner? From classic roasts accompanied by all the trimmings to quirky and international spins, there's a lot to sink your teeth into.

Looking for the best places to see winter lights in Manchester? Make a day of it with our guide to the best displays in the city, plus nearby pubs for seasonal food and drink after. From Lightopia to Dunham Massey, there are heaps of amazing places to explore.

Bar Hütte is back in Manchester this winter, bringing the city socially-distanced festive fun. Hire out a cosy ski chalet (think festive lights, snug heat lamps and a 'carol-oke' machine) with freshly baked pizza and bombardino cocktails filled with hot rum and eggnog.