Looking to brighten up your December with a festive activity? Manchester’s city-wide celebrations are back, bringing stunning festive decoration to the centre and beyond. From twinkling street lights to huge lit-up installations, here’s our guide to the best places to see Christmas lights in Manchester this year.
1. Manchester city centre
Setting up a bit of a trail for Mancs to enjoy this Christmas, Manchester City Council has officially cracked out our new Giant Santa for the festive period – and this year he’s joined by a number of gorgeous illuminated sculptures that you can find dotted around the city. Find them across Piccadilly Gardens, St Peter’s Square and New Cathedral Street, as well as St Ann’s Square and the Cathedral.
2. Heaton Park
Lightopia is back this year for another fabulously festive trail, with huge light sculptures for all the family to see. From multi-coloured light tunnels, to show-stopping sculptures that light up the night, there’s tons to see, alongside a fantastic dine in the light dome experience to enjoy this year, too.
3. Escape to Freight Island
Escape to Freight Island has officially launched its ‘Winter Island‘, with tons of festive lights, a Christmas tree forest, a whopping big ‘ice rink in the sky’ and plenty of festive entertainment to enjoy. Running throughout the entire festive period, guests can sit back in awe at the stunning decorations, while enjoying a mulled wine, boozy hot chocolate and tons of festive grub.
MediaCityUK officially switched on their Christmas lights last week, illuminating the hub with stunning, twinkling lights and glowing trees. Box on the Docks is also returning for the festive season, with plenty of festive grub available and a festive Makers Market to enjoy, too.
5. RHS Bridgewater
Salford’s new RHS garden is shimmering up a storm this Christmas, with a beautiful light trail that spans the entire site. Think sparkling trees, shrubs and water features basking in the glow, alongside a selection of warming drinks and tasty festive treats that guests can pick up along the trail.