Festive Sundays 2022 (BID/CITYCO)

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Manchester Retail District

To celebrate the launch of the festive season and Manchester’s famous Christmas Markets, Manchester BID adds a little sparkle to the streets with pop-up festive performances across the retail district.

Commissioned and produced by Manchester Business Improvement District, on behalf of the city centre’s leading retailers and hospitality venues, in partnership with Manchester City Council, 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 events will create a fun and festive atmosphere for those doing Christmas shopping and enjoying Manchester’s bars and restaurants or visiting the city’s famous Christmas Markets.

The first two Sundays (13 & 20 November), will see an array of themed roaming performances around the central retail district, 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.

Sunday 13th November, 1pm – 7pm
Sunday 20th November, 12pm – 7pm
Manchester Arndale, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street, Exchange Street, St Ann’s Square, King Street and Deansgate

On the middle Sundays (27 November & 4 December), 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 – the Spark! light-up band and Living Snow Globe.

Sunday 27th November, 4-7-pm
Sunday 4th, December, 4-7pm
St Ann’s Square and New Cathedral Street


Ghost Caribou
Location: St Ann’s Square
Time: various times between 4pm-7pm

Living Snow Globe
Location: St Ann’s Street
Times: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm

Spark! Band
Route: The Royal Exchange Manchester – St Ann’s Square – Exchange Street – New Cathedral Street – Performance Outside Harvey Nichols – New Cathedral Street – Exchange Street
Times: 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm

On Sunday 11 December Manchester will welcome its first ever Christmas Parade. With well over 100 participants, the magical parade filled with all the sights, sounds and sparkle of Christmas, will weave its way through the streets of the city centre, to bring some extra special Christmas cheer to the city.

Sunday 11th December, 1pm
Deansgate, St Ann’s Street, Cross Street and St Mary’s Gate, with the parade’s Toy Procession also passing through Manchester Arndale.

Following the Christmas Parade, visitors can enjoy two more performances of the Toy Procession, expect to see Christmas Crackers, Sugar Plum Fairies, Toy Soldiers and a Fairy Mouse travel around Manchester Arndale, St Ann’s Square and Market Street.

Sunday 11th December, 3pm & 4pm
Manchester Arndale, St Ann’s Square and Market Street

Sunday 18 December will see the return of the Toy Procession. Created by Walk the Plank, the creative minds behind the city’s Manchester Day Parade, the procession will bring fun and festive Christmas characters to the city’s shopping streets.

Sunday 18th December 12pm, 2pm, 4pm
Manchester Arndale, St Ann’s Square and Market Street

Festive Sundays: commissioned and produced by Manchester BID in partnership with Manchester City Council.

Jane Sharrocks, Manchester BID Chair and General Manager of Selfridges Exchange Square said: “Our festive roaming performers were a such huge hit with visitors last year, that we’re delighted to be able to build on this for 2022, with six consecutive Sundays of enchanting events.

“By working collaboratively with Manchester City Council and the Christmas Markets, Manchester BID’s Festive Sundays will enhance the visitor experience to the city centre this Christmas, particularly for families, who can enjoy everything the city centre has to offer on what is traditionally a quieter day.”

Councillor Pat Karney, Christmas spokesperson for Manchester City Council, said: “Christmas in Manchester is going to be magical this year with the city’s streets and squares stuffed full of free entertainment and things to see and do to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

“We’ve also got an extra special seasonal surprise that we’re keeping under our Christmas hats at the moment but that promises to be a spectacular festive first for Manchester. Watch this space – it’s going to be a cracker!”

For timings and event updates, visit visitmanchester.com/christmas

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