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The unofficial kickoff of Manchester’s winter season begins in December, when the holiday lights flick on—and if there’s a better way to liven up the rainy-and-sometimes-snowy weather, we’ve yet to see it. The city makes a party out of it, and the good times keep rolling all winter long.
The annual Christmas Lights Switch-On is way more than plugging in a string of bulbs—it’s got celebrity guests, live music, and fireworks that pull in crowds from all around the country.
Manchester’s Christmas Market is the place to be for all that holiday goodness—from snacking on festive foods from all over the world to shopping for extra-special gifts like crafts, jewelry, toys, and clothes.
The holiday fun kicks up again in February, when the city celebrates Chinese New Year. (Manchester has the second-largest Chinatown in the U.K.) You can count on traditional dishes (dim sum, crispy duck), thousands of red lanterns, and the city’s famous Dragon Parade.
And even though the winter season on the whole is pretty rainy, it’s a great excuse to café-hop in Manchester’s hip and artsy Northern Quarter.
As Alexandra Park shrubbery bounces back to life, Manchester sidewalks do, too. You’ll see more people hanging out around Piccadilly Gardens and chatting along Market Street. The weather is still a mixed bag, but it’s not a bad time to visit before the summer crowds take over.
Sunny afternoon weather means one thing: outdoor drinks. And Manchester has tons of outdoor beer gardens where you can clink pints with the locals. If it gets rainy, no worries. Just duck into the corner pub to join in on cheering the city’s rugby team.
At the annual Great CityGames, Deansgate turns into a massive track. It’s open to spectators, so stop by to watch athletes in top form sprint down the city streets.
Nearby spots like Worsley Village, Saddleworth Circuit, and the Pennie Bridleway are perfect for a long, winding countryside walk.
Put away the wellies and rain gear—summer brings a break from downpours. And festival organizers make the most of that rain-free weather by packing the calendar with events. Tourism is at its peak in this season, so make peace with a little elbow rubbing at events and top sights.
Theater buffs, take note: the outdoor venue Homeground will be your happy place. In summer, it hosts a rotating special of musicals, cabarets, and classic plays.
Art lovers will want to plan their trips for early July, when the Manchester International Festival takes over the city for 18 days, showcasing new work from around the world.
Coming to Manchester for Pride? Hit up August’s Pride Market, where vendors sell a variety of goods from rainbow-colored stalls in the Gay Village. The organization behind this event provides grants to community initiatives, so you can feel good about where your ticket fee is going.
In fall, Manchester morphs into a beer-lover’s paradise. Gather up your whole crew and do as the locals do, roaming from pub to pub only settling down when the night dips into cooler temperatures.
Are you a beer nerd? Find your people at Indy Man Beer Con in early October, which features local beer brewers. Later in the month, Manchester Oktoberfest continues the city’s salute to suds.
Fall is a good time to visit Chorlton Water Park nature preserve. Our suggested plan of attack? Warm up with a hot drink from one of the cafes along Beech Road, then head into the park for an afternoon picnic.
Whitworth Park also offers prime fall foliage minutes from the city center. This 18-acre tree-covered public space sits right beside the University of Manchester campus.
Party people, head out to The Warehouse Project, a seasonal club venue of global fame that only operates from September through New Year’s Day.
Where to stay
- AncoatsFoodies, consider this your home base. The revitalised Ancoats is jammed with independent restaurants serving top-rated dishes. Plus, Ancoats is a great jumping-off point for exploring other neighbourhoods—you’ll be near the Northern Quarter’s hip indie scene, and just a quick tram ride from Piccadilly Station (which gets you just about anywhere).Read more
- Northern QuarterConsidered the heart of Manchester, the Northern Quarter might look like a shifty maze of alleyways between High Street and Piccadilly Station. But actually walk through, and you’ll be immersed in indie fashion, record shops, speakeasy-style bars, and cafes with full English breakfasts.Read more
- DidsburyPrefer to dip in and out of the city? The suburb of Disbury can be your little oasis. There are two parts to this neighbourhood: the upscale Didsbury Village and West Didsbury, known for its eclectic shops. To escape any urban racket, take a walk along the peaceful River Mersey.Read more
- SalfordSeparated from the city of Manchester by the River Irwell, Salford is a budget-friendly spot that’s known for its nightlife. The party scene is concentrated at the south end of the district, Salford Quays, a renewed waterfront area. During daylight hours, consider walking the canals or take a trip to the Imperial War Museum or Salford Museum and Art Gallery.Read more
Hotels near the sights
- Science and Industry MuseumThe Science and Industry Museum traces Manchester’s innovations and discoveries through time—which makes it the perfect home base for history buffs and gearheads. Beyond museum walls, you’ll find more historic highlights in nearby Castlefield Urban Heritage Park or the picturesque Bridgewater Canal, which is known as the first canal in England. The modern central retail district of Manchester is also a short walk, bus, or train ride away.Read more
- Manchester Art GalleryArt lovers may appreciate staying near this hall of historic and modern art, but this location also places you at the edge of Manchester’s Chinatown and all it offers. Absolutely packed with restaurants, bakeries, and shops, this neighbourhood is an especially festive home base in February during Chinese New Year.Read more
- National Football MuseumIf you’re a sports fan, be prepared to lose a few hours in the National Football Museum. And you’ll never be far from catching a game anywhere in this area, just by ducking into a local pub. But booking a hotel near this museum will also put other top sights within striking distance, including Cathedral Gardens, Manchester Cathedral, and High Street.Read more
- Royal Exchange TheatreGrand as all get out, the Royal Exchange has a standout Victorian facade. But theatre geeks are far more interested in its interiors, specifically what’s happening on stage. And staying near this landmark won’t just put you close to live performances. You’ll also be situated near King Street with its high-end retail shops and Market Street with its food vendors at Piccadilly Gardens.Read more
- Great John Street Hotel, Premier Inn Manchester City Centre West Hotel, and Manchester Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel are some of the most popular hotels for travellers looking to stay near Science and Industry Museum. See the full list: Hotels near Science and Industry Museum.
- Popular hotels close to Manchester Intl Airport include Holiday Inn Manchester Airport, an IHG Hotel, Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport, and Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport. See the full list: Hotels near Manchester Intl Airport.
- A few of the most popular hotels near Etihad Stadium are Leonardo Hotel Manchester Piccadilly, Residence Inn By Marriott Manchester Piccadilly, and Ibis Budget Manchester Centre Pollard Street. See the full list: Hotels near Etihad Stadium.
- Some of the most popular pet-friendly hotels in Manchester are Hyatt House Manchester - Aparthotel, Hotel Brooklyn, and YOTEL Manchester Deansgate. See the full list: Pet Friendly Hotels in Manchester.
- Popular cheap hotels in Manchester include Travelodge Manchester Upper Brook Street, Travelodge Manchester Central, and Travelodge Manchester Piccadilly Hotel. See the full list: Cheap Hotels in Manchester.
- King Street Townhouse, Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club, and INNSiDE by Meliá Manchester have a spa and received excellent reviews from travellers in Manchester. See the full list: Spa Hotels in Manchester.
- Stock Exchange Hotel, Travelodge Manchester Upper Brook Street, and Roomzzz Aparthotel Manchester Victoria all received great reviews from families travelling in Manchester. See the full list: Family Hotels Manchester.