It’s hard to believe we’re approaching the end of 2018, and what a year its been! We’ve hosted world premieres, incredible pre-Factory events and lots of exciting community workshops over the year, with much more still to be revealed around our 2019 festival. We’ve put together our top picks of events taking place in Manchester this December to ensure you finish off the year on a cultural high…


Lightwaves Festival at Salford Quays
7 – 13th December

Lightwaves 2018 is an annual and free interactive light festival which showcases inspiring digital light art; illuminating the public spaces for an unforgettable 10 days, from Friday 7 December until Sunday 16 December 2018.

Featuring new and exclusively commissioned digital art displays alongside emerging talent and light workshops, from local, national, and international artists. Lightwaves 2018 will bring light to those dark winter nights, as 16 FREE light experiences span across Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.


The Frost Fair at Whitworth Art Gallery
1st-2nd Dec

A two-day festivity of family fun, art and togetherness at Whitworth Art Gallery to celebrate 250 years of the circus in Britain. Be astounded and amazed by the ringmaster and his troupe of performers, take part in the craft and circus performance workshops and indulge at thier food & artisan gift market stalls.


White at HOME
13 – 23rd December

A playful, highly visual show for 2-4 year olds and is a perfect first time theatre experience. The beautifully strange world of White is full of birdsong and birdhouses, it gleams and dazzles and shines in the night. Two friends look after the birds and make sure the eggs stay safe. We watch, we help. The world is bright, ordered and white.



A Magical Christmas Movie Experience at Mayfield
24th Nov-16th Dec

Watch your favourite Christmas films in the most unconventional and immersive space in Manchester. Venture in through a secret wardrobe entrance and you’ll find yourself in a fantastical forest to explore on your way to the incredible indoor cinema to enjoy your favourite merry movies with mulled wine and seasonal cocktails, accompanied by live entertainment and warming winter food.

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