Christmas can be a costly time of year, with presents to buy, Black Friday sales to endure and Christmas parties to think about, the season can leave your pockets feeling rather empty. With this in mind it is often hard to stay festive, that’s why we have put together a guide of free festive events happening in Salford this December.

  1. Walking with The Snowman trail – MediaCityUK

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For those who enjoy spending time outdoors or simply hold the 1978 novel ‘The Snowman’ close to their heart, The Walking with The Snowman trail is the perfect activity to get you in the festive spirit. Whether it is with family or friends the Walking with The Snowman trail provides fun for all ages and is completely cost free. The giant Snowmen, which are inspired by Raymond Briggs famous 1978 children’s novel ‘The Snowman’, are designed to reference each of the 12 days of Christmas, as well as celebrating the 40th Birthday of the festive novel. The trail sets the perfect backdrop for festive selfies as well as family photos that can be treasured forever, or put on the front of a family Christmas card. The snowmen are available to melt hearts in MediaCityUK until 16th January 2019.

For more information on the trail click:  Here

2. Salford Makers Market – Lowry Outlet Piazza

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas market? Made even better when it is run by independent artisans showcasing their creations. Are you a fan of festive bakes, candles and craft? If so the Salford Makers Market is the place for you! Whether your visit for a browse or to pick up some hand crafted Christmas presents, the market provides the perfect setting for a winter evening. You can also expect to see special performances and music, meaning there is truly something for everyone. The Salford Makers Market boasts extended hours over the festive period making it easier to drop by after a day at work or university.

3. Christmas Carol Concerts – Multiple Venues

Christmas Carols are as old as time itself and that’s what makes them a festive tradition. Has the festive season even started if you haven’t whistled out a Christmas tune whilst thinking about the festivities ahead? Carol concerts are perfect for the whole family to enjoy, or you could even take out your housemates for an evening of singing and mince pies, I’m sure they’d love it really. This December there are lots of Carols taking place, meaning whatever your plans you wont miss out. I have listed below some of the Carol concerts taking place over the next few weeks.

Monton Voices Choir, Ordsall Hall. Sunday 2nd December, 13:30 -15:30pm

Music and Readings, Salford Cathedral. Sunday 2nd December, 18:30 – 20:00pm

Carol Service, Langworthy Community Church. Wednesday 5th December, 16:00 – 17:00pm

MAPAS Carols and Choirs, St Peters CE Church. Tuesday 11th December, 18:30pm

Carols in The Park, Parr Fold Park. Friday 14th December, 17:30pm

4. Salford Christmas Fair and Festival – Clarendon leisure centre and Irlam and Cadishead College

Christmas festivals and Fairs are perfect for bringing the community together. With stalls and activities to draw in visitors from every generation making them perfect for a festive day out. Irlam and Cadishead College is set to host a Community Christmas Fair on Saturday 1st December. The fair, which starts at 1pm, will have local stalls, fairground rides as well as a visit from Santa himself! Food and drink will also be available from Irlam Station.

On Saturday 15th December a free Christmas festival will open its doors for anyone that wishes to come by. The festival, which is being held at Clarendon Leisure centre will be open from midday until 4pm leaving plenty of time for you to head down and check it out. Activities available include a free magic show as well as party games, Santa’s grotto and Christmas arts and crafts. Some activities come with a small fee, however the majority of activities are free of charge.

5. Nature Walks – Peel Park, Clifton Park.

For those who want to burn off the mince pies they’ve inevitably been eating, plenty of festive nature walks are running during the festive period.

The Salford Ranger team have organised some fantastic informative walks for anyone that cares to join. This includes a walk in Salford’s own Peel Park lead by expert naturalist David Winnard from Discover the Wild.

Expect to learn lots about the trees in Peel Park and surrounding meadows on this educational tour of the landscape. The walk will take place on Sunday 2nd December from 10am until 2pm.

For those unable to join, a boxing day walk will be held by the Salford Ranger Team at Clifton Country Park. No walking experience required, however it is advised that you wear sensible shoes and wrap up warm.


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