The holiday season has officially started and these places around Salford are hosting a wide range of exciting, affordable events to help get into the Christmas spirit.

So, clear your schedule and make room for these festive family fun activities.

  1. Beauty and The Beast Pantomime at Swinton and Pendlebury Leisure Centre.

Head down to Swinton & Pendlebury Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 December, 6-8pm, for a special Christmas Panto performance of Beauty and the Beast, performed by Chaplin Entertainment.

The heart-warming and highly entertaining show has been especially adapted, perfect for children aged 3-12 years.

You’ll find the children and adults in the audience cheering along to this panto that will be packed full of comedy, songs and adventure.

A perfect treat for the family on the run up to Christmas.

Tickets are priced at £7.50 for children aged 3-15 years, and £10 for adults aged 16+. Or opt for the family deal, where 1 adult and 3 children will cost £27.50 or 2 adults and 2 children at £30. Under 2’s go free.

Book online by clicking here or call Swinton & Pendlebury Leisure Centre on 0161 778 0107.

2. Christmas Dance Theatre Production: Tangled Dance Company presents ‘Frosted by Magic’ at Ordsall Hall

Step into the realms of your imagination as Tangled Dance Company unlock the frosted secrets of the majestic Ordsall Hall and it’s enchanting world of witches and wizards.

Perfect for the whole family, this will be an unforgettable festive spectacle of magic.

Dates and times are: Saturday 14 and Saturday 21 December with performances at 2.30pm, 4.30pm & 6.30pm. Sunday 15 and Sunday 22 December at 4,30pm, 6.30pm with a magical night-time performance at 8.30pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults and £8 for children, click here for more ticket information.

3. Christmas on Lark Hill Place

Christmas comes to our Victorian Street, Lark Hill Place. Travel back in time to 1897 and see how Salford celebrated Christmas over 100 years ago with decorations, trees and a few new additions to the shops and homes of residents.

Running up until Sunday 22 December, visitors can take part in the special Christmas trail, the £2 drop-in entry fee includes crayons and a sticker for completing the trail.

Also at Lark Hill Place over the holidays there will be a festive screening of The Muppets’ Christmas Carol on Sunday 8 December from 5-7pm in the perfect Victorian street setting. Wrap up warm and bring plenty of winter cheer as it can get cold!

Tickets start at £8 for a child’s ticket that will include a drink and a snack. Adults tickets cost £10. Click here for more.

screenshot taken from: Salford Leisure Centre Facebook Event Page

4. Breakfast with Father Christmas at Lark Hill Place

Lark Hill Place. Photo: Salford Museum and Art Gallery

Lark Hill Place will be opening their doors early on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December from 9-11am to some very special guests for a morning filled with crafts, food and a meeting with Santa himself.

Tickets will cost £8 for adults and £12 for children with the price including a continental breakfast, a craft and a present from Father Christmas.

Get tickets for Saturday 14 here or Sunday 15 here.

5. Festive Afternoon Tea

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by indulging in an assortment of sandwiches and cakes.

At Salford Museum and Art Gallery from Monday 2 to Friday 20 December for a festive afternoon tea, enjoy tea or coffee and a delicious selection of sandwiches with festive fillings followed by scones and a trio of Christmas-inspired cakes.

The price starts at £12.95 per person or £17.95 per person with Prosecco. Call 0161 778 0806 to reserve a table.

6. Music and Performing Arts Service (MAPAS) Carols and Choirs

A festive event run by MAPAS for Salford’s schools choirs.

On Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm, St Peter’s Church, Swinton will be celebrating the Christmas season with primary and secondary children as they gather to perform individual and massed items along with seasonal readings.

Screenshot taken from: Salford Leisure Centre Facebook Event Page

7. Christmas Screening of ‘Elf’ at Winton Library

Saturday 14 December from 10.30am-12.30pm, Winton Library will be showing a free screening of ‘Elf’, the story of Buddy, a human who believes he is an Elf after growing up in the North Pole, as he travels to New York to search for his biological father whilst spreading Christmas cheer.

8. How The Grinch Stole Christmas at The Lowry

The Grinch discovers there more to Christmas than what he bargained for in this heart warming and hilarious musical, based on Dr Seuss’ hugely popular best-selling books.

X-Factor Winner Matt Terry will star as Young Max and actor and comedian Griff Rhys Jones will play the role of Old Max.

The Lowry Outlet will also host The Whoville Christmas Markets for family entertainment, festive gifts and street food. Along with a special Whoville Post Office for children to send their letters to Santa.

Families can take part in a Whoville Present Trail to see if they can find the 16 presents stolen by the Grinch that will be hidden around the mall.

The Grinch Musical kicks off at The Lowry theatre on Salford Quays on Tuesday 10 December and will run all over Christmas until Sunday 5 January. Tickets start at £29.50 click here for information. The Whoville Markets will run every weekend until Sunday 22 December, from 10am-7pm on Saturdays and 11am-5pm on Sundays.

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9. Santa’s Grotto at Playkidds Play Centre

Salford’s Community Business of the Year, Playkidds, will be opening its Grotto this year for Father Christmas to meet the children of Salford.

Tickets cost £12.95 and this includes a luxury teddy bear, a Christmas party pack, a photo with Santa in his Grotto and entry into the play centre.

The Grotto opened on Sunday 1 and will run until Sunday 15 December, however will be closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Ring 0161 728 1671 or check the photo below for more information on the other events they are running.

10. MediaCityUK at Christmas

Head down to MediaCity Christmas Markets this year to avoid the hussle and bustle of the famous Manchester Markets.

Have a wonder across the piazza and take a nosy at the market stalls selling food and stocking fillers. Prosecco, beer and Christmas cocktails are also available along with live performances.

An ice rink has also been set up and will be open 11am-9pm everyday up until the 5 January, or if skating isn’t your thing, have a drink at the bar with a selection of soft drinks, hot chocolate, wine and beer available.

A free interactive light festival will also be at the Quays this year, transforming public spaces into a playful light experience everyday from 12-10.30pm from the 6 to the 15 December. Visitors are invited to download the free festival app to navigate the trial via an interactive map. #Lighwaves2019

Ice-skating tickets cost £11 for a child and £13 for adults, book tickets here. The Markets are open 11am-9pm everyday and include a weather proof seating area.

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