Date published: December 07, 2018

Christmas in Salford & Manchester

Guest article by Andrew Canonaco

Journalism student.

If you’re a first year student to Salford and staying on campus for Christmas this year, this blog is perfect for you!  Manchester and Salford have some great events going on this year during the holiday season and this blog will break down all the latest and greatest for you!  Come along for the journey!

The Award-Winning Manchester Christmas Markets

One of the best events going on in Manchester during the holiday season is the award-winning Manchester Christmas markets, which are returning this year with over 300 stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, from Albert Square, to St. Ann’s Square, to Market Street.  

This year, all the markets will be open effective Friday, November 9th until Saturday, December 22nd in the run up to Christmas.  Each set of markets spread across the city all open at 10am and close at 8pm, except for the larger market located in Albert Square (pictured above), which closes at 9pm daily.  

What can you expect at the markets you ask?

Everything from internationally acclaimed food and beverages to Christmas toys for younger kids to gifts of all sizes and prices ranges for the entire family!  So not only will you be going for an absolute treat of a time, but you can also mark your Christmas shopping off your list as well!  If you’re interested in going, check out Manchester City Council’s helpful planning guide with map routes and more information here.

Ice Village Manchester

This year the UK’s biggest ice festival has landed right here in Manchester and you can go have a look for yourself in Cathedral Gardens!  

Located right adjacent to Manchester’s Football Museum, the ice village brings guests an Artic Bar, Ice Rink, and Santa’s Grotto.

What can you expect when you go and visit?

You’ll walk through the epic Ice Cavern, see some amazing ice sculptures, the huge Ice Rink, Artic Bar, and Santa’s Grotto.  Right next to the Ice Village is a stage that features live performances, as well as, Ice Tours and so much more!

Prices start at £7.50.  It’s open from November 9th, 2018- January 5th, 2019, daily from, 11am until 9pm, but closed Christmas day, Boxing day, and New Year’s day.

Lightwaves Festival—MediaCityUK

The UK’s only FREE light festival!

Returning to MediaCityUK this year is the Lightwaves Festival, which promotes an inspiring array of artistic light features, spanning over the plaza area at MediaCity!  

The festival is a collaboration with QuaysCulture and features a wide-variety digital light art show.  This year’s festival aims to bring people together and to inspire them through communication expressed through light.

It’s running from Friday, December 7th, until Sunday, December 16th, and is free entry.   

More info can be found here.

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

0843 208 6000

Remember if you’re coming from our main campus at Peel Park, that the number 50 bus is free to our MediaCityUK campus when you show your student ID!

Not to be Forgotten!

In addition to all the traditional holiday seasoned events in the Greater Manchester area, there’s also many other places to stop and see!  

In Manchester there’s a couple museums and art gallery’s that are free including: The National Football Museum, Manchester Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, The John Ryland’s Library, Manchester Art Gallery—just to name a few!  

If you visit our MediaCityUK campus as well, you can pop into the Imperial War Museum North for free as well.  To get to MediaCityUK and The Lowry, simply take the number 50 bus from Chapel Street on our main campus at Peel Park, and ride for free with your student ID!

The Lowry Outlet in MediaCity will also be running Christmas Markets on December 8-9 and 15-16, with opening times of 10am-7pm Saturdays and 10am-5pm Sundays.     

Happy Christmas and we’ll see you back on campus next term!

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