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12 Nov 2018

Have a jolly Christmas in Manchester

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and there is no better way to experience real festive cheer than with a visit to Manchester.

Whether you’re visiting the city for a day, or looking to make a weekend of it, we’ve got you covered. Our Hilton Garden Inn offers the perfect setting for you to unwind, and is ideally situated for your visit.

Get your glad rags on for a night on the town, or simply relax in the comfort of your cosy room. Our Christmas elves are here to get you into the spirit and round-up the top things to do this winter.

Manchester Christmas Markets

Hurry down to the heart of Manchester this winter and visit the award-winning Christmas Markets that offer mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts. Follow the market trail through the city centre and explore more than 300 beautiful stalls and chalets.

Sample the different cuisines on offer, such as the delicious traditional bratwurst, Hungarian goulash, Spanish paella or a good old fashioned hog roast. And, for those looking for a vegetarian or gluten free alternative, there’s plenty of options to whet your appetite.

The Christmas markets run from Friday 9th November – Saturday 22nd December.

Santa’s Grotto

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Make it a family experience to remember and discover the magic of the North Pole, with a visit to Santa’s Grotto.

Enjoy whizzing down the Downhill Donuts, racing on sledges on Sledge ‘o’ Mania or brave the Luge Slip ‘n’ Slide at the Chill Factore in Trafford Quays Leisure Village.

And, don’t forget to be on your best behaviour when you meet Santa to let him know what you want for Christmas, as he knows if you’ve been naughty or nice!

Open from 17th November 2018 – 24th December 2018.

Wicked the Musical

No Christmas is complete without a visit to the theatre, so fly down to the Palace Theatre to see a witty re-imagining of the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two young women who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

Prepare to see some truly wonderful magic – there’s no place like Manchester!

Open from 4th December 2018 – 5th January 2019.

Christmas shopping at the Trafford Centre

The only place to complete all of your Christmas shopping and indulge yourself in some holiday treats.

Open until 11pm1, the Trafford Centre is the UK’s third largest shopping centre and home to some of your favourite brands. Refuel in some of the 60 bars and restaurants before continuing with your Christmas extravaganza.

And for families, make a day of it by exploring the SEA LIFE centre and LEGOLAND Discovery Centre, or opt for a leisurely afternoon at the ODEON cinema.

While you’re there, why not hop on the Big Wheel to get a unique glimpse of the centre, and soak up the views of Media City and Old Trafford?

The Trafford Centre is open seven days a week, and from 10am – 11pm during seasonal hours.

1 Opening times subject to change on different days of the week. Please check before travelling.

Festive pop-up cinema

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and Christmas just wouldn’t be complete without a cheesy festive film that gets everybody into the seasonal mood.

Situated in the heart of the city centre, there’s a pop-up cinema showcasing the best of Christmas, and is ideally located at Mayfield Depot near Manchester Piccadilly. The cinema is showing some seasonal favourites, including Elf, Home Alone, The Holiday and Love Actually.

Visitors will enter a magical kingdom through a secret wardrobe, and immerse themselves in an enchanted forest, laden with Christmas surprises.

Cosy up underneath a blanket and enjoy the best festive flicks with a mulled wine, moreish winter food and live entertainment.

Tickets start from £14.99, and the cinema opens from 24th November – 16th December.

Ice Rink at the Ice Village

Grab your skates and head down to the Ice Village at Cathedral Gardens for the UK’s biggest ice attraction.

Featuring an Arctic Bar, Santa's Grotto and Ice Rink, there’s plenty to enjoy for both children and adults. This immersive ice experience is a guaranteed great day out for the whole family.

Open from 9th November 2018 – 5th January 2019.


After all the Christmas cheer, you’ll need somewhere to recharge your batteries. The weather outside may be frightful but inside our Hilton Garden Inn it’s warm and delightful, so why not take a break and stay with us?

Just three miles away from the city centre, our four star hotel is easily accessible by car and public transport too. Manchester’s easiest method of transport, Metrolink, is situated just behind the hotel and runs every few minutes, so there’s no need for a timetable. A short 15 minute tram into the city centre takes you right into the heart of the festive merriment.

Encompassing a sophisticated yet stylish design, the Hilton Garden Inn offers a range of premium rooms, including 85 pitch-facing rooms, king family rooms and spacious accessible rooms.

Enjoy a freshly prepared, cooked to order breakfast in The Garden Grille restaurant, and unwind in the cosy bar with a cocktail or two. What’s more, if you book a family room before 30th November, kids stay and eat free until 31st December 2018.

So if you’re planning a visit to Manchester during Christmas, we’re perfectly located to make a night or weekend of it.

To book your perfect stay at our four star, 150-bedroom hotel, please click here and take advantage of our 25% off Winter Sale.