Your guide to what’s on in and around Manchester during the festive period.
Monday 19 December
Christmas Menu HALF PRICE offer – B-Lounge Piccadilly, all food all day
From Monday to Thursday B-Lounge (along with Blue Parrot and The Bridge restaurants) are offering a whopping 50% off the food on their Christmas menu. Lunch is served from 12pm with the last sitting at 3pm and dinner is seated from 5pm with the last sitting at 9.30pm. Be sure to check the website for details as you need to book your seats quoting the offer and fill in the voucher to take with you – visit http://blounge.co.uk/piccadilly/ for more information.
Tuesday 20 December
Home Alone – Cornerhouse, £5.50/£4.00 concessions, 4pm
An absolute Christmas must in the run up to the big day. Cornerhouse present the charming, age old story of Kevin Mcallister. Not only can you enjoy the film but present your cinema ticket to staff in the Cafe Bar and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and mince pie for just £3.50 – a flawless combination to put you in the festive spirit. More info http://www.cornerhouse.org/
Wednesday 21 December
You Can’t Take It With You – The Royal Exchange, £16.50 less for concessions, matinee 2.30pm evening 7.30pm
Enjoy a celebration of a family Christmas in this revival of the hit Broadway show. In collaboration with internationally acclaimed theatre company Told By Idiots and featuring TV and radio star Martin Hyder this unique American comedy is suitable for all the family. Two families, the laid back, bohemian Vanderhofs and the straight laced Kirby’s meet when they grandchildren fall in love – mayhem ensues. Ticket information at http://www.royalexchange.co.uk/event.aspx?id=438
Thursday 22 December
Christmas Carols with the Accord Inspirational Gospel Choir – The Printworks, FREE, 4-7pm
If you haven’t already heard some traditional Christmas Carols this is the time to indulge. The Manchester based, 20 strong, choir will perform a range of festive classics following on from their concert earlier in the month. While you’re there you can treat yourself to some of the offers available at one of the restaurants – Thursday’s are Curry Club at Lloyd’s if you fancy a break from festive fare. More information http://www.theprintworks.com/the_place/
Friday 23 December
Sinderfella – The Dancehouse, £18, 7.45pm.
The last showing of this modern day spin on a fairy tale classic before it breaks for Christmas. Featuring feel-good party anthems like It’s Raining Men and Like A Virgin and audience participation like only a good old festive panto can achieve, it also stars Alice Barry A.K.A Lillian from Channel 4’s Shameless. Warning: this is an adult performance and is not suitable for children or those of a more sensitive nature! Ticket information http://www.manchestertheatres.com/sinderfella.htm
Bulletproof – Factory, £4 advance queue jump, 10.30pm-3am
Your last chance to take advantage of a night at Factory before their New Years Eve celebrations – across 3 floors playing a range of Indie, Dubstep and a unique funk and motown room it’s safe to say there’s enough to keep you interested. Tickets from http://www.factorymanchester.com/
Saturday 24 December
The Moose Bar – Spinnignfields, 11-5pm, FREE (charity donations welcome)
In the vibrant Spinningfields District this traditional log cabin is a perfect retreat. On Christmas Eve they will have Santa in his grotto from 11am and all proceeds raised will go to Wood Street Mission, a charity that provides practical help to families across Manchester and Salford. There will be a photographer to capture a memento. Then at 1pm there will be a screening of the family favourite Elf, starring Will Ferrell. Alongside this theres a menu offering a range of seasonal snacks, mulled wine and hot drinks – and of course the ice rink if you’re feeling active!
Christmas Eve Special – The Venue, £3 before 10.30, doors 10 til late
Bringing you into the big day itself with a mix of Indie, dance retro and a few festive tunes mixed in for good measure. Drinks from £1.50 and shots from £1. More information http://www.thevenuenightclub.co.uk/
Sunday 25 December
Alternative to turkey – Swadesh, Portland Street, 1-6pm
Bored of the traditional Christmas dinner? Then look no further. Swadesh offers you two options, either choose from their diverse seasonal menu or leave the choice up to their head chef. Three courses on offer for £22.95. To book contact them: 98 Portland St Manchester M1 4GX,
0161 236 1313.