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The Christmas events still taking place in Manchester to get you in the festive spirit

How to get in the festive spirit in tier 3…

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Some festive events will still be taking place across Manchester despite Tier 3 restrictions. 

Over the festive period, up to three households can gather in the five-day Christmas plan set out by the government.

And despite the Tier 3 restrictions across Greater Manchester, some festive events can still take place.

Be sure to check with the event organisers before you travel as everything is subject to change and it could be last minute!

Lightopia

Lightopia

Taking over Heaton Park, Lightopia has announced they will continue the twinkling event from December 2nd until January 10th. They will be following the rule of six across the event. Tickets are £20 for adults and £13 for children.

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The Parking Lot Social

The Parking Lot Social’s Winter Festival

Drive-in pantomime performances are taking over intu Trafford Centre, with food delivered right to your car as well as winter warmers like hot chocolate and gingerbread men. Tickets cost £37.38 per car and you will get a full refund if the event has to be cancelled.

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ChristmasCity

ChristmasCity

Another drive-in event but this time showcasing all your favourite Christmas films including a selection of ‘Nice’ films for kids such as The Grinch and Elf, as well as ‘Naughty’ films for adults like Bad Santa and Die Hard.

There will also be live actors as you pass through Santa’s mailroom tunnel, Santa’s House and the elf workshop. Tickets cost £40 per car.

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Dunham Massey National Trust

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Another Christmas light trail, Dunham Massey will be taken over with a glittering festive winter wonderland. You’ll be ale to get mulled wine and hot chocolate as you take in the sights. Family tickets cost £60, adults cost £20 and children cost £13 with kids under the age of under two going free.

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Car Park Panto

The best way to get your panto kick this year is via a car park! Taking over AJ Bell Stadium in Salford on December 26th and 27th, expect five productions of Horrible Christmas across two days from Horrible Histories and Birmingham Stage Company. Tickets are £47 per car (plus £2.50 booking fee).

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Manchester, Albert Square

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Manchester’s Virtual Christmas Light Switch On

Three of Manchester’s NHS frontline workers will be switching on the lights this week while it is live streamed across the city. Exact details are yet to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled!

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Santa’s Grotto

Book a virtual trip to Santa’s Grotto in Lapland via the magic of video calls. You’ll get a fully personalised HD video experience and you can add on multiple guests so the whole family gets to experience the special occasion. Tickets are on sale now with dates from November 28th to December 20th.

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Barton Aerodrome announces McFly, JLS and UB40 open-air shows this summer

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Barton LIVE

Three brand new shows have been announced at Manchester’s Barton Aerodrome this September, adding to the summer gigs already confirmed.

Barton LIVE, a unique concert series set against the backdrop of the aerodrome’s runway, has already confirmed The Jacksons LIVE, 90s Baby Festival and Boogietown North are taking place this summer.

Now McFly, JLS, and UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell will take the stage this September, joining the already bumper lineup.

Barton LIVE


McFly, known for their infectious pop-rock anthems and high-energy performances, with hits like ‘Five Colours in Her Hair’, ‘All About You’, and ‘Obviously’, are heading to the aerodrome on Thursday September 12th.

Then on Saturday September 14th JLS will be gracing the stage with chart-topping hits like ‘Beat Again’, ‘Everybody in Love’, and ‘She Makes Me Wanna’.

Finally, legendary reggae band UB40 featuring Ali Campbell will perform classics like ‘Red Red Wine’, ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’, and ‘Kingston Town’ on Sunday September 15th.

Barton LIVE


New Barton LIVE shows:

  • Thursday 12th September – McFly
  • Saturday 14th September – JLS
  • Sunday 15th September – UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell


Tickets will be available this Friday, April 26th, at 9AM – signing up is essential for access to tickets, sign up HERE.

Barton LIVE full summer series:

  • Friday 19th July – The Jacksons LIVE
  • Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st July – 90s Baby Festival
  • Saturday 27th July – Boogietown North
  • Thursday 12th September – McFly 
  • Saturday 14th September – JLS 
  • Sunday 15th September – UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell

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Hot Wheels interactive experience hosting its first-ever European event in Trafford

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Hot Wheels City Experience

A Hot Wheels interactive experience is coming to Trafford Park this summer, the first time the event has ever taken place in Europe.

Coming from Live Nation, BeFUN, and Mattel, the Hot Wheels City Experience is heading to the B.E.C Arena in Trafford Park this August, making its European debut as it brings the legendary toy cars to life.

Spanning a series of immersive stations and interactive activities, the event will have something for families and devoted collectors alike.

Hot Wheels City Experience


The 6,000 square metre experience will let fans step through a nostalgic and educational journey consisting of 10 stations, including a design centre, immersive museum, playground, gamer zone and Hot Wheels Lab.

Fans will go on a journey through the colourful world of Hot Wheels, starting with an introductory video which will take a deep dive into the history and culture of the brand.

Luís França / Hot Wheels City Experience


The next station features an immersive museum and expo where visitors will get to see the best of the Hot Wheels collections – including graphics with the history of Hot Wheels, classic arts of the brand, and the Hot Wheels legendary life-sized cars. 

There’s also the Gamer Zone, where gamers can show off their skills, the Design Centre, where the latest technology is used to introduce colour and graphic projection onto virtual cars, and a Digital ‘build your car’ and painting workshop where fans can create and have their work emailed to them or projected on the walls.

Hot Wheels City Experience


Lastly, the Hot Wheels Lab will let guests play with the most popular Hot Wheels toys, including giant tracks and pre-built racecourses – with the opportunity to win prizes.

The Hot Wheels City Experience opens its doors on August 13th and runs until September 12th 2024, with presale tickets launching at 10am next Wednesday, April 24th – sign up for pre-sale HERE.

On-sale tickets will be available at 10am on April 26th, starting from £27.50 for adults and £22.50 for children – head here for more info.

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Epic indoor inflatable park reopens with huge new ball pit filled with nearly half a million balls

Take advantage of the discount while it’s still available

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A Greater Manchester indoor inflatable park has reopened after a revamp revealing the addition of a huge new ball pit filled with nearly half a million balls.

Inflata Nation has reopened its doors in Trafford Park after undergoing a renovation, revealing some exciting new features for visitors to enjoy.

If you’re wondering what you can do to keep the kids entertained, why not take them to this newly upgraded indoor park?

Inflata Nation

An incredible blue ball pit filled with 418,000 balls looks like an ocean as it floods the open space. Other new features include the epic double tipping slide, a ballcano, ball pit blasters and obstacle courses.

The park has also upgraded its mini arena, which is exclusively for children under four.

Packed with ball pits and engaging soft play activities, this area offers sensory stimulation and opportunities for cognitive development, tailored specifically for the little ones, the park says.

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Since opening back in 2017, the site has attracted thousands of visitors looking for fun-packed family days out. 

Visitors have jumped into its ball pits, bounced on its inflatables and dived down its slides, where they’ve enjoyed plenty of fun and laughter that has brought them back time and time again.

Tickets for Inflata Nation Manchester cost £13.99 for visitors aged four and above and £6.99 for under fours. You can add an extra hour for £8.50 and £3.50 respectively. The park is also offering 15% discount of all visits when booked in advance online until April 17th.

To get the discount simply head to the booking panel on the website, choose the location, complete your details and enter the correct discount code at checkout. For Manchester use the code: EASTERMANC. For discount on bookings and more information, click HERE.

Inflata Nation Manchester is located on Textilose Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1WA. 

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