5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Manchester

Manchester can get pretty gloomy in winter – with rainy days and cold winds. Its not all doom and gloom though; 
Winter also brings the festive spirit of Christmas and a whole load of activities and interesting things to do.

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1. Christmas lights switch-on

It’s time for thecity centre to be lit up with beautiful lights gleaming through the streets! The switch-on usually takes place at Albert square and is accompanied by great music and a 10 minute fireworks display. The event is free of charge so get there early before it crowds up!

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2. Christmas markets

Manchester’s Christmas markets are an absolute delight as they are spread across about 9 locations in the city centre. Vendors set up cute, wooden stalls which sell a range of delicious food and drink, including mulled wine, sausages, pies, chutneys, variety of cheese, and sweet treats like apple strudel and cakes. The list goes on with alluring gifts, crafts, jewellery, organic soaps and home decorations. The markets have a wonderful vibe and are a must-see for anyone visiting Manchester around Christmas time.

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3. Explore the ice-village

Walk through the ice cavern and see dazzling ice sculptures, have a drink or two in the arctic bar or go ice-skating in the rink! You can also enjoy some games in Britain’s first ever ice village and take a stroll among trees covered in snow or even see Santa in his grotto. Don’t miss the ice-village as it has opened just this year! 

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4. Urban Narnia at Hatch

Hatch is a cool place with a very vibrant atmosphere, and is located just opposite the MMU campus. This December, they are offering a range of festive drinks and Japanese cuisine, as well as jewellery, homeware and gifts for your pet! Sitting beneath bright string lights and listening to live music, this might be the perfect place to uplift your mood in winter!

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5. Go to the cinema

Would you rather stay indoors than brave the chilly winds? Why not watch a movie then? HOME, located at Tony Wilson place, showcases diverse films and international talent, including films and foreign documentaries. Apart from running movies, the ODEON cinema at Trafford centre now has a virtual reality centre to play games related to movie content at the cinema. Printworks, on the other hand, is known for its very reasonable movie ticket prices- sometimes as low as £3!

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Would you like to try any of these places or have you been to them? Let us know in the comments below!

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