There’s more to Manchester than the Markets this Christmas, and as we’re moving closer to the big day, us BagThingers thought we would put together a guide for some fine festive treats on offer this month. Be merry, and read on…

We fancy spoiling ourselves at the Christmas Prosecco Festival at The Albert Hall, with ten luxury fizz stations and Bellini bars to tipple your fancy, Italian street food and scrumptious delicacies freshly made by our top local suppliers for you to adore. For those who want to keep the party going, power ballad extravaganza Ultimate Power are throwing a Christmas bash, spinning the likes of Meatloaf, Bon Jovi, Bonnie Tyler & Co. ’til the early hours.

Looking to keep things traditional? The Bridgewater Hall will be hosting the Hallé orchestra for a seasonal selection of traditional carols for orchestra and choir, with three performances held across the weekend starting Saturday 16th. See their website for more details. Staying with the Bridgewater Hall, it’s worth noting they’ll be offering four screenings of Raymond Briggs’ classic animated film The Snowman, with live orchestra, across the festive period.

With a brief mention of Slade doing their usual Christmas rounds at Academy 2 and HOME’s screenings of festive favourite ‘It’s A Wonderful Life‘, back at the Albert Hall we’re looking forward to three consecutive nights of Bongo’s Bingo special festive show, Bongo’s Winter Wonderland. See the festive show in Manchester for the very first time on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd.

Before we head indoors for the big day, Craig Charles will be spinning a festive funk special over at Band On The Wall on Christmas Eve Eve with special guests King Bee live. Soup Kitchen will also be getting festive ’til the early hours with their Meandyou Christmas party.

Away from music Grub food fair will be hosting weekly food events at the Fairfield social club, bringing beer, wine, spirits, DJs, good times and plenty of street food to their new full time events space. Head back in January for their Winter Beer Festival

Yes, we imagine you psychically won’t be able to move on the 26th, which is fine, but if you fancy burning off some of that turkey, Gorilla are opening their doors for another Sanction club night, spinning until the early hours. Elsewhere, join one of Britains finest Chamber Ensembles on Friday 29th for a magical evening of festive Classical favourites in the stunning Manchester Cathedral

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