Christmas events in Greater Manchester
Get into the festive spirit with plenty of Christmas events taking place across our region:
Leigh Christmas Festival
30th November and 1st December from 3pm – 9pm.
Located at Leigh Sports Village Stadium, this years event will be a showcase of over 70 local businesses with stalls offering everything from handmade stocking fillers and bespoke decorations to beautiful original gift ideas for the whole family.
Featuring local artisans and foodie stalls, seated café bar area, DJ, live music and entertainment throughout the evening.
Vantage buses will get you there.
Rochdale Christmas Markets and Lights Switch On
24 November 2019 1pm - 5.30pm
Enjoy mouth-watering food and drink and find unique gifts for your loved ones in the magnificent setting of the Great Hall. There will be festive music performed by local bands and illuminated circus performances to enchant people of all ages with sparkle and grace.
Special guests will help with the big switch-on at 5pm to officially begin the festive season.
Buses 6, 58 and 409 from Oldham will get you there. If travelling from West Yorkshire, buses 588, 589 and 590 will get you there.
Manchester Christmas Markets
8 November 2019 - 22 December 2019 Various locations across Manchester city centre
The award-winning Christmas markets return for another year, with over 300 stalls across the city centre offering festive food, drink and gifts to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Manchester Ice Village
8 Nov 2019 - 5 Jan 2020 Cathedral Gardens, Manchester city centre
The UK's first dedicated ice attraction features an Ice Cavern full of amazing sculptures, an arctic bar, Santa's grotto and an ice rink.
Christmas show - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Saturday 8 - Sunday 30 December 2018. Manchester Opera House
Full of the traditional pantomime features Opera House audiences have come to love, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be amazingly brought to life with a lot of awesome dance, hilarious comedy, sensational special effects and plenty of festive magic from producers Qdos Entertainment.
Santa's Grotto Manchester Arndale
22 November - 24 December Manchester Arndale, City Centre
Let your children make their Christmas wishes and visit Santa in his wonderful grotto at Manchester Arndale!
Buses, 59, 81, 83, 84, X84, 181/182 and Vantage will take you to the city centre
Oldham Christmas Lights Switch-On
19 November 1pm – 6pm. Oldham town centre
TV favourites Catboy, Owlette and Gecko from PJ Masks, who will be making an appearance throughout the day. At 5pm the amazing switch-on show at Tommyfield Market starts, where the Halo Glow Show and dancers from Oldham Theatre Workshop will light up the stage. X Factor star Saara Aalto headlines the show, followed by a fantastic firework display to light up the night sky above the town centre.
Buses 58, 59, 80, 81 82, 83, 84, X84, 180, 181/182, 184, 350, 409, 425 and 426 will get you there.
There will be revised timetables in place from Christmas Eve until the 3rd January 2019. Please regularly check our service updates page for details (revised timetables will be live approximately 3 weeks before Christmas).