A celebration of winter, arts, culture and togetherness is to come to the Whitworth Art Gallery this Christmas.

The Whitworth Art Gallery will be transforming into an ice palace complete with skating rink to capture the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’. The tradition is widely embraced across Scandinavia, where they enjoy life’s simple pleasures with friends and family.

It will be hosted on the first weekend in December and called the ‘Frost Fair’, to include a festivity of winter, togetherness, culture and arts portraying the ‘Hygge’ culture.

It will also offer a number of lively and interactive spaces and entertainment for everyone, and include an ice rink for all ages to enjoy.

The Manchester Craft Mafia will also take part in the event at the Anya Gallacio, Ghost Tree, to offer mulled wine, hot chocolate, tasty artisan feasts, crafts and handmade gifts.

Salford-based arts organisation Walk the Plank, best known for their remarkable creative experiences, will design and transform the sculpture court to a spectacular ‘Ice Queens Courtyard’. To find out more about Walk The Plank, have a look at their Facebook page.

A spokesperson said: “There’s craft beers on sale, there’s bits and pieces, the food obviously will be on sale as well, but some of the events I think are free for drop in, [and] hopefully orientated towards the family.”

The Art Garden’s outdoor cinema will also display a projected view of the Northern Lights to simply relax with a mulled wine or a cocktail. The event culminates on the Sunday night, with a firework display to top off the weekend.

By Jessica Dobbs

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