Best Things to do in Manchester this week: 14th - 20th December 2019

Including 12 Doors of Christmas, Mad Friday, Life Drawing, The Office & Drag Carol Singing!

By Ben Brown | December 13th '19

12 Doors of Christmas
Every Day
Our 12 Doors of Christmas campaign continues through the week and there’s a TON of great prizes to be won. In case you haven’t heard of it (perhaps you live under some form of rock), all you need to do is tune into our social channels when we go live, identify where the door is, run down and be the first one there. Do it and you win yourself a top, top prize. Easy AND fun.

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Festive Wreath Making at The Refuge
Saturday 14th December
Teaming up with Bloom HQ for an afternoon filled with a bucket load of Christmas cheer, leaving you feeling festive for months. The afternoon will give you the opportunity to create your own completely unique wreath from a variety of materials including traditional evergreen branches and plenty of seasonal festive materials. Hang your masterpiece pride of place on your front door.

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Gramm Christmas Market Pop-up @ Off The Square
Saturday 14th December
Manchester streetwear brand Gramm are hosting a Christmas Market pop-up showcasing local brands, creators and DJ’s. Gramm will have exclusive 1/1 items, archive and Christmas gifts on sale. You’ll also find clothing from the likes of Mellow CloGradeworxFantomeFVB and Friends Not Included. Free and open to all, Gramm will transform the space from 12 pm – 5.30 pm with drinks provided and authentic Caribbean food from Pull Up Bar & Cafe.

 

The Lonely Arts Club @ CULTUREPLEX
Saturday 14th December
A brand new charity series is heading to CULTUREPLEX this Saturday and it’s very cleverly called the ‘Lonely Arts Club’. Basically, they’re looking to build a creative community in aid of MIND, through “creative practice and platforms to ignite conversation about the epidemic that loneliness has become.” Nobody likes being lonely so if you feel a little isolated, head on down this Saturday to meet some new people as well as opening up a bit of your creativity.

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A Christmas Movies Quingo Special @ Electrik
Tuesday 17th December
Everyone knows that the best Christmas movie of all time is Gremlins. Followed closely by Lethal Weapon and then the 1996 Father Ted Christmas Special. There are, of course, a LOT more Christmas movies flying around and so the Quingo geezer has made a whole quiz and bingo mash-up around them. Expect questions on Home Alone, Elf and maybe even Love Actually. I should enter this actually – I’ll definitely win it.

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Levenshulme Life Drawing
Tuesday 17th December
Are you a pervert? Do you like looking at naked bodies? Are you good with a pencil and paper? If the answer to all of these questions is “Yes” then absolutely DO NOT go to this Life Drawing in Levenshulme this week. They don’t want any perverts there I’m afraid. You’ll just have to go to The Printworks instead like always. If you’re NOT a pervert then head on down and get drawing a real human person. It’s BYOB AND there’s snacks included in the price. What more do you want?!

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The Office Christmas Party @ Gorilla
Wednesday 18th December
I could sit here and inject my own bit of fun into the proceedings and fill this description full of The Office quotes. I COULD do that. And I think I will. Thanks. Obviously, all the best people WILL turn up to this quiz, which starts at 7. Drinks at 6. Quiz at 7. Put your thinking cap on, read a book a week and keep a spare pair of shoelaces in your pocket just in case you need to throw a kettle over Gorilla to prove you’ve won. Big Keith is hosting it and there’ll be a buffet of food and a screening of the Xmas Specials.

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Drag Queen Christmas Carols @ Cotton Factory
Thursday 19th December
Head on down to the Cotton Factory next Thursday and you can watch a gang of drag queens sing some lovely Christmas carols. Lill Queen will be hosting the event and if you go down, they’ll hand you a carol book and expect you to have a sing song too (obviously). As payment for your vocal efforts they’ll be handing out mulled wine, mince empanadas and they’ll have a DJ on until late afterwards.

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Snow White’s Privilege @ NIAMOS
Thursday 19th December
Nia’s first theatre production in 25 years is this alternative panto filled with feuding royals, fake news and a prince that’s a bit of a dick. Here’s the blurb…
“In the City of Mancunium a very privileged princess is fed up with her royal duties, with the drudgery of the palace and with her library of dresses. The once charming prince has eyes only for the beasts of the palace and an evil queen lurks in murky undergrounds and threatens to rise out of the cities sewers and back into power.”
Sound good? Get yourself down there next Thursday, Friday or Saturday and enjoy yourself.

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Class Act: Kebabs and Comedy @ BAB
Thursday 19th December
When I asked Daisy to write THIS article, I think the exact words I used were ‘try and make something funny out of kebabs’. So armed with this brief she came up with; “This time, have a pitta dignity and leave it to the professionals.”, “Tikka look at the 19th December‘s spicy line-up”, and my favourite; “There’s going to be a shish load of jokes”. Excellent. As will this comedy night be at BAB – it’s FREE too!

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Wilderness x Bank #4: Do Your Best Takeover
Friday 20th December
Wilderness have taken over the old abandoned NatWest bank in Withington and have been putting on a series of top events this December. This week sees their 4th one hitting the space with a selection of live acts and DJ’s. For this particular evening they’ve teamed up with Do Your Best to bring us all the best of the DIY scene. Does that mean Handy Andy from Changing Rooms will be singing ‘If I Had A Hammer?’ No. It means you’ll get performers specialising in sampling, experimental noise, distortions and other music that you can Do Yourself. It’s FREE before 7pm and £3 after.

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Hit & Run £1 Xmas Party @ Mint Lounge
Friday 20th December
The Hit & Run gang are having a massive Christmas bash down at Mint Lounge and, the clue’s in the name, it’s only a quid to get in. If you get yourself a ticket early enough anyway. The night looks packed with all of your favourite big hitters including Biome, Red-eye Hifi, Rich Reason, Sparkz and special guests Father Chimpmas and Nanny Santon. In other words, Chimpo and Nanny Banton have found some cheap Santa outfits on eBay.

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