Media City is often overlooked as a Christmas venue but stroll along its magically festive, tree-lined piazza and you will find a winter wonderland with plenty to amuse the family alongside an al fresco bar to get you in the Christmas spirit. This year, Media City has joined forces with its neighbours The Lowry Outlet Mall and The Lowry Theatre to create a fabulous one-stop Christmas destination with attractions that include a Christmas market, a seasonal ice-skating rink, a fantastic free light festival and foot tapping seasonal shows, as well as a shopping experience that takes the stress out of choosing the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Why not treat your favourite Coronation Street fan to a walk down the cobbles? You can book it here or pick up some free audience tickets for one of the many television shows filmed at Media City here. In the meantime though, let’s look at what Media City has to offer this Christmas…

Lightwaves 2019 | 6 - 15 Dec | 4pm - 10pm daily | Free

Lightwaves guarantees to illuminate Salford Quays and Media City with an inspirational and interactive light show featuring digital light art from both local and international artists. Download the free festival app with its interactive map then enjoy navigating the trail and trying out the musical see-saws. Find out more by reading our full event preview.

Media City Christmas Markets | Until 22 Dec | 11am - 9pm

Stock up on traditional seasonal goodies, stocking fillers and quirky Christmas gifts at the dozens of stalls spawning the piazza but do treat yourself to some of the tempting sweet treats and warm up with a mug of Glühwein available from some of the numerous food stands. Live festive entertainment can be enjoyed from the weather-proof seating area.

Ice Rink | Until 5 Jan | 11am - 9pm | From £11

The fabulous full-size ice rink is open daily enabling kids and adults to polish up their skating skills. For those that prefer to stay off the ice there is a viewing area plus a bar selling hot chocolate, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Book your tickets here.

Pantomimes and Festive Shows | The Lowry | Various Dates, Times & Prices

There’s plenty going on at The Lowry this month – here’s some of our top picks:

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
The Broadway musical sensation starring Griff Rhys Jones and X Factor’s Matt Terry runs from Tuesday 10 December – Sunday 5 January at the Lyric Theatre.

The Gruffalo’s Child
Kids of all ages will be on the edges of their seats when the Gruffalo’s Child disobeys her father’s warnings and sets out alone on a cold evening to find the Big Bad Mouse. See it at the Quays Theatre from Friday 6 December – Sunday 12 January 2020.

This is the perfect first theatre experience for babies and toddlers. Mrs Claus leads this interactive sensory adventure brimming with activities that captivate and stimulate tiny minds. Snowbabies runs from Tuesday 17 –  Tuesday 24 December.

December in The Studio.
At the Quays theatre, “It’s reigning queens” as the new smash hit musical Six reimagines the wives of Henry VIII as pop princesses from Tuesday 3 December – Saturday 11 January 2020.

For our full round-up of festive family there, head here.

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, M50 3AZ, Tel: 0343 208 6000
The Lowry Outlet Makers Market | Every Weekend

With a “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” theme, the Makers Market takes place every weekend until Sunday 22 December. A wide range of artisanal goods crafted by local makers are displayed at stalls along the Piazza of The Lowry Outlet Mall making it a great place to find fun and quirky gifts for the most difficult to buy for whilst soaking up the festive atmosphere and indulging in some tasty homemade treats.

The Lowry Outlet, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH, Tel: 0161 848 1850
The Lowry Outlet

With its amazing range of shops and stores and shopping hours extended until 8pm Monday- Friday, The Lowry Outlet enables you to purchase all your Christmas gifts under one roof. PS, Still searching for a cool and quirky place to host your Christmas party in Manchester? Find inspiration here

The Lowry Outlet, The Quays, Salford M50 3AH, Tel: 0161 848 1850
Mon 2 Dec - Tue 31 Dec, Media City UK,
101-110 Broadway, Salford M50 2EQ
Julie Al-Zoubi
Published on:
Sat 14 Dec 2019