Everyone has their own post-Christmas traditions: Whether it’s turkey sandwiches, a trip to the cinema or piling into the sales to scoop up a bargain. This year, why not try something a little different with our round-up of free things you can do this Christmas weekend.

Boxing Day at Odd Bar
If you’re looking to carry on the festivities and get your drink on, there can be few better choices than Northern Quarter staple Odd Bar. They’re open all day on Boxing Day, with a full food and drinks menu and some very reasonably priced Bloody Marys. Stay into the evening for DJ Darryl Marsden (pictured) on the decks until kicking out time.
Sat 26 Dec, Odd Bar, 30-32 Thomas St, Manchester, M4 1ER. 11am – 1.30am, www.oddbar.co.uk

Winter Studio at the Whitworth
This was also running before Christmas, but is throwing open its doors once more for a few days leading into the New Year. The Winter Studio is a family-friendly art event at the gallery’s learning studio where youngsters can make their own creations inspired by the frosty season. it’s the perfect choice for getting the kids out the house and getting crafty.
Sun 27 Dec – Thu 31 Dec, The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M15 6ER. Tel: 0161 275 7450, 11am-3pm, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk 

Last Night of Lightwaves at Salford Quays
It’s you final chance to catch this spectacular light installation all over the Quays. Regrettably, part of the Lightwaves project has already been closed off due to the poor weather, but there’s still plenty to look at, as detailed in our full preview. Check it out before the lights go out for good.
Sat 12 Dec – Sun 27 Dec, Public spaces at Salford Quays, Tel: 0161 876 2106, 4.30pm – 10.30pm, www.quaysculture.com

Fri 25 Dec - Sun 27 Dec
Jon Whiteley
Published on:
Fri 25 Dec 2015