Fill up on festive joy during an evening of fun and frolics at Manchester Museum.
From market stalls and a winter concert to reindeer racing and sing-alongs, we’ll have absolutely everything you need to immerse yourself in the spirit of the season.
There will also be family activities running throughout the evening, so come along in your best festive fancy dress (Christmas jumpers also permitted) and enjoy the museum after dark.
Highlights of the evening will include performances from the incredible young students of Olympias Music Foundation (OMF). Their annual Winter Concert will fill the atmospheric Living Worlds gallery with all the best sounds of the season. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of 125 children who have completed another term of music lessons with OMF and will showcase their Children’s Voices and Youth Voices choirs, as well as the newly-formed OMF Orchestra.
Up on the top floor, students from Pinc College, which provides creative study programme pathways for neurodivergent young people, will be hosting a Christmas market, giving you the chance to find out about their creative practice and stock up on gifts.
In our grotto with a twist, Sour Santa will be waiting to see if you can put a smile on his face, while the bar will be open in the Main Hall, where we’ll be playing festive videos on the big screen and encouraging folks to hit the dance floor. There will also be games to try your hand at, including reindeer racing.
Even our beloved T. rex Stan will be getting involved by donning his giant Santa hat. So, what’s your excuse?