An Immersive Christmas Drive-in Cinema & Candy Cane Forest is coming to Manchester

A festive drive-in extravaganza arrives in Trafford Park later this month, bringing food, film and immersive experiences perfect for kids and adults alike throughout Christmas...

By Manchester's Finest | 16 November 2021

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The event, which launches on the 26th November and runs until 2nd January, comes from the same team behind the sell-out Scare City.

Hosted at the former Soccer Dome space next door to the Trafford Centre, there’ll be a long list of seasonal activities and adventures to get stuck into.

A huge drive-in cinema will be showing classic films and forms part of a wider immersive Christmas Village, complete with live actors, surprises and Santa Claus himself.

The events will be split up into two categories; naughty for the adults and nice for families and children.

Those partaking in the ‘naughty’ screenings will be able to watch movies such as The HolidayBad SantaDie Hard and Love Actually, in a perfect immersive experience for couples and groups of friends.

The ‘nice’ screenings, alternatively, are perfect for families and children, with films including Home AloneThe Polar ExpressElf, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and many more. Children will also be able to post their own letters to Father Christmas in the Christmas City post-box and explore the North Pole from the safety of their cars.

This year’s festivities will partner with Hits Radio Cash for Kids Mission Christmas. The initiative aims to make Christmas Day different for children and young people living in poverty across Greater Manchester.

Visitors are being asked, if they can, to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for 0-18 year-olds, which will be passed on to a child to open on the 25th of December.

Jessica Rigby, Charity Manager said: “We’re just a small team of three at Hits Radio Cash for Kids with a big dream to bring Christmas joy to thousands of children living in poverty across Greater Manchester.

“We will once again be asking the wonderful people of Manchester to kindly donate a gift or make a cash donation so we can ensure no child in our city is forgotten about this Christmas. Mission Christmas is so much more than just a gift; it’s giving hope, showing we care, and allowing children to still believe in the magic of Christmas.”


Christmas City 2021 will be arriving at Trafford’s Soccer Dome on November 26th, where it will remain until January 2nd 2022.

Tickets are £45 per vehicle plus booking fee.

The full list of films being shown are as follows:

    • The Holiday
    • Home Alone
    • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
    • The Polar Express
    • The Night Before
    • Elf
    • The Christmas Chronicles
    • Bad Santa
    • Bad Santa 2
    • Love Actually
    • A Bad Moms Christmas
    • The Santa Clause
    • Die Hard
    • How The Grinch Stole Christmas
    • Four Christmasses
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Christmas With The Coopers
    • Abominable
    • Office Christmas Party
    • Scrooged
    • The Gremlins
    • Nativity!
    • Nativity! 2
    • Arthur Christmas
    • Jack Frost
    • The Family Stone
    • A Very Harold And Kumar Christmas
    • It’s A Wonderful Life
    • The Greatest Showman
    • Dirty Dancing
    • Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade
    • Armageddon 

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