Top 6 Most Festive Events to Enjoy This Winter
Now that the festive season is nearly in full swing, you can expect life to get just that little bit busier. From Christmas dinner and present shopping to visiting family, there will be plenty to tick off the to-do list this winter.
Whether you fancy a shopping weekend in a different city, or want to find out what your hometown has to offer, there are plenty of fun-filled festive activities to explore.
So, to take the hassle out of figuring out where to visit this season, we’ve rounded up the top events in the North to experience Christmas and New Year at its best.
Christmas Markets, Manchester
Reportedly one of the largest in the UK, the award-winning Manchester Christmas Markets have returned. With over 300 stalls and chalets to choose from, you won’t run out of food, drink, and Christmas gift choices. The markets are in 10 different locations throughout the centre, so they’re easy to get to whatever your plans might be when visiting the city.
As the markets are spread across Manchester, consider planning your journey beforehand, especially if you aren’t too familiar with the city. Knowing what public transport is available and planning your route is a good starting point, so you don’t end up getting lost.
The Grand Theatre, Leeds
Well-known for many of the UK’s most prominent artists, the city of Leeds has a major arts and theatre scene, as well as being known for its gig culture. Tucked away just off The Headrow resides The Grand Theatre. First opened in 1878, many fantastic productions have filled the stage through the years. So why not make the most of Leeds this season and experience a stunning show for yourself. From Chicago and The Full Monty, to Beauty and The Beast, tickets are selling out fast so be sure to book early.
Winter Wonderland, Manchester
With its massive football fan base, famous nightlife, shopping, and comedy scene, Manchester is a city full of entertainment. It’s also got plenty going on when it comes to festive events too, so why not take a trip to the city this winter and discover what it has to offer. Explore the UK’s largest indoor theme park, Winter Wonderland, which is open from the 10th December until the 1st January. Located just next to the Trafford Centre, the event will be full of festive cheer for all the family, including a variety of theme-park style rides, stalls, and shows.
If you’re planning on making a weekend out of it, and fancy doing a bit of shopping whilst you’re there, the Trafford Centre has a fantastic app which could be worth making use of during the busy Christmas period. From maps and directions, to special offers and store details, it will help you plan your time more effectively and potentially grab a deal at the same time!
Leeds’ annual Christkindelmarkt has come back to Millennium Square this year for more German-inspired festive fun. The Christmas market features 40 authentic chalet stalls, a traditional fair-style carousel, indoor retreats to eat a bratwurst or chink a stein, and much more! Popular every year, make a day of it with the family or visit at night with your friends for a few cheerful drinks. With the sparkling lights surrounding you, it will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.
Theatre Delicattessen, Sheffield
Reportedly the greenest city in Europe, Sheffield has a variety of parks and woodland to explore. Home to the indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys, the city also has a big alternative music scene. If you feel like experiencing a show this December which is a little bit out of the ordinary, then take a look at The Great Gatsby, which is being showcased at the edgy Theatre Delicatessen.
Dancing shoes are a must for this immersive theatrical experience, which will be set in the glamourous 1920s. Running from the 1st December until the 31st December, booking your tickets in advance is advised.
Frog and Bucket, Manchester
Manchester is renowned for its comedy scene, with well-loved comedians such as Peter Kay being able to call the Northern city his hometown. If you fancy a festive laugh this winter, then look no further than the renowned Frog and Bucket. With plenty of Christmas comedy shows on offer throughout December, just head to their website to book your ticket.
This season is the perfect time to plan a festive trip away when cities get transformed, and become filled with glittering Christmas lights and joy-filled activities. Whatever your plans may be and whichever events you decide to visit, ensure you plan your trip well and don’t forget to keep your phone charged for those all-important photo opportunities.
With our range of fantastic tech, you’ll have one less thing to worry about this Christmas. Quick and effortless to use, our apps give you everything you need to get the bus with less fuss this season.