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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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These cosy Alpine-themed huts with festive drinks and karaoke are back this Christmas

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Christmas this year isn’t going to be as festive as usual, but there are still some events happening that can help take your mind off the awful year we’ve just had.

Earlier today we brought you the news that Dunham Massey’s light trail is still happening, and now we’ve got something else to get you in the festive spirit.

Bar Hütte is returning to Manchester this year, bringing with it some magical, cosy Alpine huts where you can drink festive booze and singalong to karaoke.

This year, however, it will be moving from its traditional spot at Spinningfields to the Great Northern Square from December 3rd, with – of course – a new Covid-secure approach.

The epic Christmas village will come complete with a giant Christmas tree, and you’ll be able to book your very own private ‘hütte’, which will be perfect for social distancing.

Once in your hütte, you’ll be able to order festive drinks like hot gin and mulled wine, as well as Irish hot chocolates, and there’s also oven-baked pizzas on offer – you can also grab the classic ‘Bombardino’ cocktail, which is complimentary for all bookings.

This year there’ll be even more hüttes to choose from, with 24 set to make an appearance, each complete with a karaoke machine loaded with festive hits.

The event runs from December 3rd throughout the month and you can book here now – each hütte costs £50 for an hour and 45 minutes use, and comes with complimentary pizza, a Bombardino and karaoke machine.

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Dunham Massey’s festive illuminated Christmas light trail is still happening

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Christmas isn’t looking as festive as usual this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, but there is a small ray of light.

While it’s still up in the air whether we will be able to have a big family get together on Christmas Day, Dunham Massey has spread some festive cheer, confirming its stunning festive illumination trail IS still going ahead.

Due to the current restrictions it’s now expected to start on December 3rd when the lockdown is lifted, and is being extended into January 2021 to make up for the cancelled dates in November.

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The stunning light show has taken place each Christmas for the last three years and sold out each time. The after-dark event brings visitors through a winding path of lights trail through the park.

Huge snowflakes create an aerial kaleidoscope over the gardens, there are colour-changing reflections on the lakeside and trees dripped with silvery shards of lights, baubles and stars.

This year the tunnel of light will return and visitors can expect some brand new installations too.

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Tickets are still on sale but are selling out fast – currently there are only a couple of tickets left for December, with quite a few still available in January.

Tickets cost £20 for adults and £13 for children three to 16. You can opt for a £60 family ticket instead which includes admission for two adults and two children.

The event is planned to run from December 3rd through to January 10th, and you can find more info and book tickets here.

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Happy Mondays and James to go on huge arena tour together in 2021

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Two massive names on the Manchester music scene have announced they will be reuniting for a huge arena tour in 2021. 

The gigs in 2021 will mark the first time the two bands have performed together in more than three decades. 

They will be heading to Manchester AO Arena on December 3rd, as well as venues in Leeds, Dublin, London and other cities too!

Tim Booth, lead singer of James, said they will be packing ‘two years of frustration’ into the gigs. 

James will be supported by fellow Factory label mates, Happy Mondays, including Shaun Ryder and Bez making a return to the stage. 

James, formed in 1982, has released 15 studio albums and have consistently had chart-topping success with more than 20 million albums sales.

Tim Booth said: “So looking forward to seeing you. We will pack two years of frustration and explosive joy into these gigs.

“It feels like a new dawn to trumpet a celebratory tour, a week after the first news of hope.

“We’re playing with the brilliant Happy Mondays. We last played with them in 1988, hopefully, this time they won’t steal our rider or try and spike my drink…”

Tickets for James with special guests Happy Mondays go on general sale November 20th. Get tickets here.

The full tour dates for next year:

Thursday, November 25th – Leeds First Direct Arena
Friday, November 26th – Birmingham Utilita Arena
Sunday, November 28th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Tuesday, November 30th – Glasgow The SSE Hydro
Wednesday, December 1st – Dublin 3Arena
Friday, December 3rd – Manchester AO Arena
Saturday, December 4th – London The SSE Arena, Wembley

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