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Where To See Twinkling Christmas Lights In And Around Manchester This Month

Laura Rogan Laura Rogan - Editor of Secret Manchester

Where To See Twinkling Christmas Lights In And Around Manchester This Month

Light up your nights with these festive displays.

Looking to brighten up your December with a festive activity? While Manchester’s usual city-wide celebration is cancelled this year, there’s still a number of places you can catch the streets looking pretty. 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.

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, along with the traditional crib in St Ann’s Square and a Christmas tree by the Cathedral.

Heaton Park

Lightopia is back this year for another fabulously festive trail, which huge light sculptures for all the family to see. Not only will you be treated to some huge light displays, lanterns and tunnels – but this year, Lightopia has also honoured frontline workers with a beautiful ‘Thank You NHS’ installation. Tickets can be purchased directly here.

Escape to Freight Island

Escape to Freight Island is planning its grand return for the festive season, with a number of events planned for after December 16th (should Manchester move into Tier 2). And if that wasn’t all, they’ll have a giant Christmas tree up for the occasion, with Christmas decorations all around to set the vibe. Their food and drinks traders will be returning, and they even have a fancy new indoor space to escape the cold.


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 restaurants hopefully taking over the boxes from December 16th, and small businesses trading in them this weekend allowing Mancs to shop local this Christmas. The shops will be open from 10am to 5pm this weekend.

Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey‘s popular festive trail has returned this Christmas, with the hall lit up with spectacular Christmas lights. If that wasn’t all, guests will get to walk around the grounds and explore some truly gorgeous installations, including giant deer, huge snowflakes and more picture-perfect sculptures. Find out more here.

Read more: Two Mini Christmas Markets Are Coming To Manchester This Week

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