Six Sundays of festive family fun kick off this weekend in Manchester city centre.

Festive Sundays will see roaming puppets, supersized penguins and illuminated bands take to the city’s main shopping streets, every Sunday from 13 November – 18 December.

The first two Sundays (13 Nov, 1pm-7pm & 20 Nov, 12pm-7pm), will see an array of themed roaming performances around town including a roaming Snow Globe, Living Lampposts, Mirror Men, Snow Fox Stilt Walkers, Penguins, Crumpet the Elf, Fat Cat Brass Band – and Spark! light-up band, combining LED lighting with beautiful costumes, choreography, and high-impact drumming. Performances will take place across the Arndale, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate.

On the middle Sundays (27 Nov, 4pm-7pm & 4 Dec, 4pm-7pm), families can enjoy an illuminating early evening, with enchanting Ghost Caribou – a night-time street act with giant creatures, part caribou, part human who tell their story through music, song, and shadow – and the Spark! the light-up band will be back. This will all be happening through St Ann’s Square and Deansgate.

The final two Sundays (11 Dec, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm & 18 Dec, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm) will see Christmas Crackers, Sugar Plum Fairies, Toy Soldiers and a Fairy Mouse taking to the Arndale and Market Street, with Sun 11 Dec also including an extra special festive first for Manchester. Still under wraps at the moment, with more details set to be revealed very soon, a ‘not-to-be missed city centre Christmas treat for everyone’ is promised.

All performances have been commissioned and produced by Manchester Business Improvement District, in partnership with Manchester City Council.

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Sun 13 Nov - Sun 18 Dec, Various city centre locations
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 11 Nov 2022