Saturday, 7 December 2013

Top 10 things to do this Christmas in Manchester

I love Christmas and I love Manchester and I love lists, so here goes.
1) Do the Manchester Christmas Markets before lunchtime on a weekend or late afternoon, but pre-17:00pm, on a weekday if you're planning on, you know, being able to breathe. They truly are amazing and screw the haters because nothing says Christmas like a £4.50 hot dog, a £7 mug of hot chocolate and a leaky roof. God bless us, one and all

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Boyf and I at Spinningfields Ice Rink

2) Skate at Spinningfields Ice Rink before the 11:40am session on a weekend because they pack you in like cattle and you've not got a hope in hell of a Biellmann spin. Either that or visit the rink at Selfridges Manchester Trafford, there's free parking and it's quieter even if it is alongside ASDA and in-doors.

3) Go for a walk in Daisy Nook. No, not the garden centre, the country park in Oldham that smells like cow pat.

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4) Ride the steam train to Ramsbottom from Bury. It's a really cute thing to do and Ramsbottom has some great little antique shops to dive into as well as a Chocolate cafe famous for, well, you guessed it, chocolate!

5) Visit the Oast House Tepee on a Sunday afternoon! A chilled Sauvignon Blanc in hand, sat atop a park-bench beside a roaring fire. Lovely.

6) Catch the tram to MediaCityUK and see War Horse at The Lowry, it's intense. And it beats the panto. Book now.

7) Drive down the M65 to Boundary Mill Outlet Mall at Colne for an old-people fest with good jacket potatoes and Christmas gifts perfect for Uncles, Grandads and other hard-to-buy-for people, at around 70% off!

8) Have a look and Manchester Arndale's Santa's Grotto, it's pretty beautiful this year.

9) Pop to Wilko's for good Christmas lights, decorations and lamenta for dead cheap!

10) Play Festive Frenzy, like Angry Birds only with sprouts. A free gaming app with the chance to win Apple gadgets every day 'til 23rd December.