With just a matter of days now until the big one, there are still loads of brilliant free events you can get stuck into happening around the city. From a very festive launch party to a special Christmas show, all kicked off with free martinis on a Monday—we’re doing this week the right way.

Here’s the rundown…

Martini Masterclasses | Ducie Street Warehouse | Mon 20 Dec | From 4.30pm

Want to kickstart the week in style? Head to Ducie Street Warehouse for a completely free 20-minute masterclass on how to make the perfect martini. Taught by an expert, you’ll also be able to try your newly mastered creation totally on the house! Not bad for a post-work wind-down.

A great opportunity to master the art of mixing and in perfect time to impress your guests at any festive shindigs.

Ducie St, Manchester M1 2TP, Tel: 0161 503 9460
The Cruel Tutelage of Piqué Roscoe launch party | The Hip Hop Chip Shop | Mon 20 Dec | 7pm-9pm

Head to the launch party of The Cruel Tutelage of Piqué Roscoe at über cool Ancoats venue, The Hip Hop Chip Shop for some cracking live performances celebrating the brand new LP from Piqué Roscoe & Kuartz.

Happening on the day of release, the North Manchester native will be performing tracks off his album with support from Conduit & some other groovy DJs. With vinyl available to purchase on the night, you never know, this could end up being the newest addition to your hip-hop record collection.

44 Blossom St, Ancoats, Manchester M4 6BF, Tel: 0161 536 3465
The Elves and The Shoemaker | Bolton Central Library | Wed 22 Dec | From 2pm

In search of a show for getting your little ones into that festive spirit? Look no further as Bolton Library is putting on a fantastic performance, following the story of how two of Santa’s elves helped to save Christmas. Suitable for ages five and up, the plot follows Ethel and Gingerbread who happen upon a struggling shoe shop and a new friend, Jemima who needs their help.

A tale of friendship, bravery and how even the littlest action can change someone’s life for the better—this one is bound to get everyone into a Christmassy mood. Expect mischief, music and lots of madness…

Le Mans Crescent, Bolton BL1 1SE, Tel: 01204 333173
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols | Manchester Cathedral | Wed 22 Dec | 7.30pm-9.30pm

Get ready for Manchester Cathedral’s annual festival of Nine Lessons and Carols done in proper Manchester style. Soak in the sights at this historic Mancunian stronghold for an evening of stellar music brought to you by the Cathedral’s nationally renowned choir.

Paired with traditional readings to really set the festive celebrations—this event is sure to capture the spirit of Christmas like no other.

Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX, Tel: 0161 833 2220
Zen meditation | Aspirit (Mind, Body & Soul) | Mon 20 Dec | 6pm-7.30pm

The Edgeley Zen Group invites you to take a break from all the Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and mulled wine. Head to Stockport for this free drop-in zen meditation class to unwind, relax and do some much-needed and serious chilling out.

Centred around a holistic approach to wellbeing, Aspirit focuses on developing the mind, body and spirit in tandem together. Who knows? Meditation could even end up being on your New Years resolutions list.

67 Castle Street, Stockport SK3 9AT, Tel: 0161 476 6176
Mon 20 Dec - Sun 26 Dec
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 20 Dec 2021