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Drive-in Christmas cinema with immersive North Pole experience and Santa’s workshop is coming to Manchester

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Throughout December, there will be a drive-in festive extravaganza in Manchester.

To combat anyone missing out on cinema trips, Drive In has been hosting a massive drive-in cinema throughout the pandemic. They kicked off with ScareCity for Halloween and will now be going a little more festive.

Kicking off on December 4th with The Santa Clause at 6pm, festive entertainment will run until December 31st at ChristmasCity

Other films being shown on the first weekend include The Grinch (2018), Love Actually and everyone’s favourite, Elf. 

There will be a huge selection of festive classics, all watched from the comfort and safety of your own car.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, you’ll also venture through an immersive trail filled with surprises, live actors and festive characters. 

Expect plenty of Christmas crackers and surprises throughout the entire journey.

The ‘Snow Valley’ will see you venture passed Santa’s workshop and see what those sneaky elves are up to. 

If you’ve been naughty this year, you can bask in all the pleasures of the North Pole, naughty style! Films for adults include The Holiday, Bad Santa, Die Hard and Love Actually. 

Santa after a few drinks might also be making a wobbly appearance. 

If you’ve been nice this year, there are wonderful child-friendly events that will promise fun for all the family. 

They’ll be showing films like The Polar Express, Home Alone and plenty more. You can post your letter to Santa and explore the wonders of the North Pole. 

You’ll even get a special message from the big man himself!

Tickets cost £40 per car and you can buy them here.

Event Highlights:

It’s a Wonderful Life, December 11th, 6pm
The Holiday, December 12th, 8:30pm
Home Alone, December 19th, 5pm
Love Actually, December 20th, 8:30pm.
Elf, December 24th, 2pm

See the full line up here

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The Libertines are coming to Manchester as part of huge 20th anniversary tour

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The Libertines are celebrating their 20th anniversary in style with a huge nation-wide tour with extra dates right here in Manchester.

The rock band, known best for their eccentric lead singer Pete Doherty, are currently in the middle of their ongoing ‘Giddy Up A Ding-Dong Tour’ but have announced some extra dates to celebrate twenty years of their debut album, ‘Up The Bracket’, which was released in October 2002. 

According to a press release, The Libertines will also be soon ‘unveiling a series of all bells and whistles, no stone unturned, vault-pillaging releases to mark ‘Up The Bracket’’s momentous birthday’.

But what is known is that the band will be performing at three huge outdoor shows in Manchester, Hatfield and Cardiff along with one extra indoor show in Edinburgh.

The newly added shows will kick off at Manchester’s Castlefield Bowl on July 1st 2022 as a part of the epic 2022 Sounds of the City series, alongside other acts such as Foals, Lewis Capaldi, and Pixies.

The band will then move on to Hatfield House on July 22nd, Cardiff Bute Park on August 5th and Edinburgh O2 Academy on August 8th.

Tickets for the newly announced gigs go on sale at 9:00am on Friday December 3rd from Gigs and Tours.

The Libertines’ current tour dates are as follows:

November 29th 2021 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
November 30th 2021 – O2 Academy, Leeds
December 1st 2021 – Usher Hall, Edinburgh
December 3rd 2021 – O2 Academy, Newcastle
December 4th 2021 – Uni The Mountford Hall, Liverpool
December 6th 2021 – O2 Academy, Manchester
December 7th 2021 – O2 Academy Leicester 
December 9th 2021 – University Great Hall, Cardiff
December 10th 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
December 11th 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
December 13th 2021 – O2 Academy, Bristol
December 14th 2021 – Rock City, Nottingham
December 16th 2021 – O2 Academy, Sheffield
December 17th 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
December 18th 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London
December 19th 2021 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London

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Here’s when the Coca-Cola Christmas truck is coming to Manchester

It looks like the holidays are coming after all…

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The iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck is making its festive comeback this year, and it will be stopping in Manchester along the way. 

The nostalgic truck, which has been gracing our screens every Christmas since 1995, couldn’t partake upon its annual nation-wide tour last year as a result of Covid-19.

But this year, the truck is once again heading out on the road though, unlike previous years, it has been announcing its schedule region-by-region and confirming its stops just a few days before its planned arrival.

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Coca-Cola said in a statement: “This year, we’re planning to stop off at as many cities around the UK as possible – but we don’t want to spoil the surprise just yet.

“We’ll be revealing which cities we’ll be rolling into over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes on our social media or website for all the details.”

Last week, Glasgow was announced as the first stop on the tour and since then, Newcastle, Leeds, Castleford and Sheffield have all been added to the lineup.

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And now, Manchester has been confirmed as one of the truck’s destinations, with the Coca-Cola website stating that it will be arriving at the Trafford Centre from December 3rd to December 5th.

The truck will be there from 11am until 8pm across all three days and will be free to visit. 

This is the first time the truck has come to Manchester since 2019, when it stopped off at both Asda Eastlands and The Trafford Centre.

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A 10-day light and illuminations festival featuring the Floating Earth is coming to Salford Quays

Lightwaves will be completely free to attend and will feature dozens of artistic installations

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The dark and cold nights are set to become a little less dreary with the arrival of a magical light and illuminations festival at Salford Quays.

Lightwaves will be arriving at Salford’s Media City this Friday, December 3rd, and will bring with it a whole array of exciting illuminated installations.

With a focus on bold new commissions, Lightwaves supports international artists alongside local and emerging talent, with this years commissions focusing on an important message of protecting the planet and building a sustainable future.

Here’s what’s you can expect to see…

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Lightwaves Festival

Perhaps the most talked about installation is Floating Earth by acclaimed artist Luke Jerram. The centre piece of the festival, this awe-inspiring artwork will give visitors the chance to see the planet floating on the surface of the water in three dimension.

Measuring ten metres in diameter and created from 1200dpi detailed NASA imagery of the Earths surface, Jerram created the installation to give visitors a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment. 

Also on the line up is Sirens, a ‘beautiful but haunting’ display of water-based projections curated by Davy and Kristin McGuire. The artwork shows life-like mermaids and sea creatures encountering the devastating effects of plastic pollution and climate change.

The mesmerising water ballet Cygnus by LOOMALAND will also be on display throughout the festival, featuring twelve synchronised robot swans, all of which are illuminated from the inside and change colours to the rhythm of the music from within their bodies.

Lightwaves Festival

Lightwaves Festival

The immersive laser projection, LASERTONIC will utilise sound and colour to transform its surroundings into a meditative environment. The colourful laser light will dance in time with the surround sound, creating a serene environment to engage the subconscious mind and imagination.

Also on the lineup will be the Manchester bee-themed interactive arch of light HIVE MINDS, the fun and spontaneous music making experience ILLUMAPHONIUM by Michael & Gemma Davis, and experiential artwork MYSTERY BIRD, which has been developed as a static installation especially for Lightwaves 2021. 

Lightwaves 2021 will be launching on Friday December 3rd alongside festive makers markets at Quayside. The festival will be completely free to visit with no tickets or advanced booking required.

For more information and to see the artistic lineup in full, visit the Quays Culture website.

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