Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience head down to the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

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Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience head down to the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

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Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience, head down to the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

facebook twitter instagram

Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience, head down to the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

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Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience, head down to the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

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map

Noels top tip #1

Get into the Christmas spirit!

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip #2

Take a pit stop

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange or head to Waxy O’Connors in The Printworks.

Metrolink: Exchange Square

Noels top tip #3

Put your plans on ice

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate Castlefield

Noels top tip #4

Elf yourself

This one is my personal favourite! Over at MediaCityUK you can channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! And if that’s still not enough elf for you why not watch Elf – The Musical at the Lowry Theatre. If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip #1

Start your day the right way

There's brunch and then there's brunch! Indulge in a hearty brekkie at Home Sweet Home or the trendy Grindsmith, both located at Great Northern. Or venture further down Deansgate to Bill’s for a cosy start to your day.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #2

Not your ordinary Christmas activities

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks, a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes or, if you’re more brain than brawn, try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip #3

Wine and dine

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

Carry on the party

If you’re still feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #1

Get the house Christmas-ready

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts. If it’s a bit too parky out for that, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Metrolink: Ashton Under Lyne

Noels top tip #2

Handmade Christmas

I’m going to really impress my elf neighbours with a handmade wreath this year, courtesy of the guys over at Frog Flowers in the Northern Quarter and their Christmas wreath making sessions.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #4

Mulled wine and Christmas beer

If the markets are a bit too parky but you want to experience a German Christmas, Albert’s Schloss has exactly what you need. Those steins are bigger than me!

Metrolink: St Peter's Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street

Noels top tip #3

Christmas movie night

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Deansgate

Noels top tip

Christmas classics

For the ultimate relaxed theatre experience, head down to the Waterside Arts Centre, Sale for the Slumber Show performances (6pm) of The Bear. Guests are invited to go in their pyjamas and bring along a teddy! Milk and cookies will be available to buy on the night. Sweet Christmas dreams!

Metrolink: Sale

Noels top tip

Sing out loud for all to hear

Is anyone else as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage. After all that excitement I’m going to be hungry. Good job there’s lots of great places to choose from down there, like Lime, The Botanist, Bella Italia and Wagamama.

Metrolink: MediaCityUK

Noels top tip

Traditional Christmas fun

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Metrolink: Deansgate Castlefield

Metroshuttle: Oxford Road Station

Noels top tip

Fun and laughter

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists. Visit Fress, Turtle Bay or Tib St Tavern nearby for food and drinks after the show.

Metrolink: Shudehill / Market Street

Noels top tip

Panto fan?

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Metrolink: Oldham Central

Noels top tip #1

Kick off the day

The croissants at Pollen bakery are absolutely buzzin’! Top tip - get there early to save disappointment!

Metrolink: Piccadilly

Metroshuttle: Piccadilly Station

Noels top tip #2

Manchester’s most eclectic quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

A foodie’s paradise

Chorlton is a neighbourhood filled with quirky shops like Gray’s Larder or Barbakan Deli. You could also visit Unicorn Grocery to stock up on some organic produce and wholefoods.

Metrolink: Chorlton

Noels top tip #4

A wine lover’s paradise

It’s Christmas, it’s time to celebrate! Grab a bottle or two from The Epicurean or Reserve Wines down in West Didsbury. And for a proper good veggie or vegan meal out head to Greens, or Volta for small plates and sharing dishes. T’is the season of goodwill, after all!

Metrolink: Burton Road

Noels top tip #5

Food heaven

Is it even Christmas without a cheese board? The Cheese Hamlet is top of my list for a full fat festive hamper. And just up the road, Evans of Didsbury has a great selection of high quality, sustainable fresh fish - grab some lovely prawns for your Christmas day cocktail. You’ll be starving after all that food shopping so make a pit stop at Hispi or The Deli Didsbury.

Metrolink: Didsbury Village

Noels top tip #1

Markets and more

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there. If that’s a bit too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Metrolink: Bury

Noels top tip #2

A quirky Christmas

Banish the typical Christmas socks and bag yourself some gifts with a twist over at Oklahoma. Or gift your mates with a book from arty bookshop, Magma. And if they’re expecting the latest kicks under the tree you’ll not go wrong at Oi Polloi for branded designer menswear. For truly bespoke treasures the Craft Centre has some stunning contemporary jewellery, ceramics and art.

Metrolink: Market Street

Metroshuttle: Northern Quarter

Noels top tip #3

Everything under one roof

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Metrolink: Shudehill

Metroshuttle: Withy Grove

Noels top tip #4

A traditional Mancunian Christmas

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Metrolink: St Peter’s Square

Metroshuttle: Peter Street, several other stops also service this location

Noels top tip #5

The ultimate Christmas experience

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome to Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

Noels top tip #5

A foodie’s paradise

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up! And just down the road, there’s the Tavern on the Green, a modern pub with a great selection of local cask ales.

Metrolink: Altrincham Interchange

Leigh guided busway

Get from the centre of Manchester all the way to Leigh using the Leigh Guided Busway, just hop on the purple bus.

Find out more

Plan your journey

Like the look of our routes? For full journey planning and real time Metrolink information, visit tfgm.com.

Visit tfgm.com

Travel safely this winter

Whether you're behind the wheel, on two wheels or on public transport, we've got some top tips.

Find out more

Christmas across Greater Manchester

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be signing from the same carol sheet. Check out our advice to keep your sled moving this Christmas across Greater Manchester.

Find out more

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Choose your Metrolink ticket

Need a Metrolink ticket to try out one of our routes or want to visit a few places? Choose the right ticket here.

View tickets

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Metrolink Travelcards

Fancy trying out all of the routes? A travelcard might be a good option.

View your options

Bents

If you’re looking to really impress your guests this Christmas, deck the halls with the beautiful Christmas decorations on offer at Bents garden centre. And whilst you’re there indulge your taste buds in the Winter Food Market. Warm apple toddy anyone? Furry friends are welcome at Bents’ Dog Cafe, where you can also buy them squeaky Christmas toys and a fetching Christmas doggy jumper. Woofing brilliant!

The Rock Bury

If traditional Christmas markets too old school for you, there’s always The Rock for your favourite high street brands.

Bury Christmas Markets

"A shopper’s mecca, a retail nirvana rich with exotic bargains, a fabled bazaar, a veritable souk of the north." Or so said Stuart Maconie in his 2007 book, 'Pies and Prejudice', about the multi award-winning Bury Market. Think our kid Stuart has said all that needs saying there.

Corn Exchange

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at the Corn Exchange.

The Printworks

I know how tired little legs can get, trust me! Refuel for a day of Christmas activities with delicious dishes at The Printworks.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre

Oh no he didn’t! Oh yes he did! And he headed right on over to the Oldham Coliseum Theatre to watch the adventures of Dick Whittington in this year’s panto. Post performance, grab a bite at The Old Bill, Romano’s, Smoke Yard or Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

IKEA Ashton

If it’s a bit too parky outside, IKEA is a nice and warm alternative. Plus, you can pig out on the tasty meatballs!

Ashton / Tameside Christmas Markets

If you want to outshine the neighbours with your Crimbo decs this year, then check out Tameside Christmas Markets for stunning handmade crafts and gifts.

Northern Quarter

Looking for a truly inspiring mix? Head over to The Makers Market situated in the heart of Northern Quarter on the second Sunday of each month for food, drinks and exhibitions of modern and vintage art. Alternatively, visit Beermoth to stock up on special brews or The Butcher’s Quarter for the best chops in town. If you fancy a sit down meal, you’ve got a whole host of places like Evelyn’s, Ply or North Tea Power.

Frog & Bucket

Looking for a fun night out? Head over to Frog & Bucket for a night filled with laughter, brought to you by a selection of stand-up artists.

Arndale

For all your Christmas shopping under one roof, head to the Arndale. And when you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, pop into the old Arndale food market for a bite to eat - you’ll be spoilt for choice!

Manchester Christmas Markets

Get into the Christmas spirit at Manchester Christmas Markets! Enjoy a steaming Gluhwein and a tasty German bratwurst under the gaze of Zippy, Albert Square’s legendary giant Santa.

Opera House

Join Dick Whittington on his adventure that sends him from London town to the High Seas headed for Morocco, guided by the magical Fairy Bow Bells. This action-packed pantomime full of laughter, music and dance is on at the Opera House.

Crystal Maze

If you’re more brain than brawn, why not try out The Crystal Maze at the Old Granada Studios over near MOSI.

All Stars Lanes Bowling

Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at a spot of bowling at All Star Lanes.

Whistle Punks Axe

Looking for something a bit different? Head over to Deansgate and try your hand at some axe throwing at Whistle Punks.

Lowry Theatre

Is anyone as excited as me about Elf - The Musical at the Lowry Theatre? Can’t wait to see my cousins up on stage.

Lowry Outlet

This one is my personal favourite! Channel your inner elf at the Elf Experience workshop at the Lowry Outlet and be like me for the day! If that sounds like hungry work then refuel with a cheeky Nandos or Pizza Express.

Comedy Store

Laugh your socks off down at The Comedy Store on Deansgate Locks with the best stand-ups in town. Not as funny as me, mind!

Bridgewater Hall

For a varied mix of music this Christmas, The Bridgewater Hall is where it’s at. Manchester’s state-of-the-art international concert venue is putting on some amazing performances by the resident orchestra.

HOME

From The Nutcracker to It’s a Wonderful Life or one of the 80s classics, HOME has it all this Christmas. But sadly no Elf! Ah well, grab the popcorn and get ready to get film festive.

Ice Skating

Get involved in the ultimate Christmas activity. Head over to Deansgate Castlefield and take a spin on the Manchester Ice Rink at First Street.

Palace Theatre

In the mood for a musical? The Palace has got Nativity The Musical, followed by Evita and Beautiful - The Carole King Musical. They’re probably got better voices than me...

Didsbury Village

If you’re feeling peckish, Didsbury has lots on offer for you. Thyme Out or Hula are always good choices; or you can visit Crazy Wendy’s for some delicious Thai food. Be warned - it might turn into a wild night.

Chorlton

T’is the season to be jolly and that means indulging. Chorlton is ace for great places to eat and drink. My favourites include The Launderette, The Drop Bar Cafe and The Font. Why not make a night of it?

Sale Waterside Arts Centre

For a magical way to entertain the kids, head over to Sale for a showing of The Bear at the beautiful Waterside Arts Centre.

Alty Market

Good old Alty Market House offers a great range of hand-crafted gifts and delicious fresh food, all to be enjoyed sat side-by-side with your fellow Mancunians. Budge up!

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