Christmas on Oxford Road Corridor

Hallé Christmas Cracker

Christmas on the Oxford Road Corridor offers something a little different to the hustle and bustle of Manchester city centre. Break from the ice skating and miles of German markets and take a stroll around the Oxford Road Corridor this festive season. Here you can find alternate takes on Christmas shopping, neon celebrations, cabaret, family shows, festive gigs and even a traditional panto.

Here’s our pick of things to do this Christmas on the Oxford Road Corridor.

More Things to do over Christmas

theatre The Book of Mormon
Palace Theatre | 8 December 2021 – 1 January 2022

This Book of Mormon is an outrageous musical comedy from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone that follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries.

families Celebration
First Street | 29 November – 31 December 2021

An enchanting light installation brings a group of life-sized Polar Bears to First Street this December.

cinema House of Gucci
HOME | 26 November – 16 December 2021

HOME screen House of Gucci, the latest film from Ridley Scott featuring an all-star cast including Adam Driver, Lady Gaga and Al Pacino.

music RNCM Opera Double Bill: Ariadne + The Medium
Royal Northern College of Music | 12 – 19 December 2021

After two years in the dark, the lights on the RNCM Opera stage have been switched back on. To mark the occasion, they are performing two fully staged operas in an exciting double bill programme.

cinema The Goonies
HOME | 19 December 2021

HOME continue their Christmas movie season with Richard Donner’s 1980s classic family adventure, The Goonies.

cinema Gremlins
HOME | 21 December 2021

Gremlins is not your typical Christmas movie but it remains essential festive nostalgia. We love the Christmas cinema at HOME.

cinema Santa Claus: The Movie
HOME | 22 December 2021

Dudley Moore stars as hapless elf Patch whose misadventures threaten Christmas. Also starring John Lithgow and David Huddleston as Santa himself.

exhibition John Powell-Jones: CYBERJUNK
Castlefield Gallery | 17 October – 19 December 2021

John Powell-Jones’ first major solo exhibition CYBERJUNK includes 3D and 2D animation, life-size characters, a comic book, ceramics and tufted wall hangings.

exhibition Completely A Hustling Place
Manchester Central Library | 21 October – 31 December 2021

Completely A Hustling Place is an exhibition at Central Library from Venture Arts that offers an exciting and immersive showcase of creativity and studio output over the past year.

exhibition UK AIDS Memorial Quilts
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel | 1 December 2021 – 16 January 2022

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel host an exclusive exhibition displaying digital prints of the UK AIDS Memorial Quilts in memory of lives lost.

music Ultimate Power: New Years Special!
The Ritz | 31 December 2021

Ultimate Power isn’t just for Christmas, no, the biggest songs, the biggest hair and the biggest guitar solos return to ring in the New Year at The Ritz

Christmas Food

Christmas Shopping

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They were our top pick for Christmas on Oxford Road Corridor, but there’s always lots to do in and around Oxford Road.

Oxford Road Corridor is Manchester’s innovation district with knowledge and culture to be discovered around every corner, from the historic Central Library in St Peter’s Square to the sprawling campuses of The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University, both adorned with beautiful architecture and surrounded by landmarks, historic parks and contemporary green spaces.

There is a rich cultural heritage on Oxford Road Corridor with many of Manchester’s famous music venues here, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated evening at a world-class concert hall or an all-night rave, you can find a venue that suits your mood. For fans of the stage, there is a wide-ranging choice of theatre and performance on offer, from the contemporary and cutting-edge to huge musicals and family favourites. Likewise, the museums and galleries offer on Oxford Road Corridor is unrivalled in Manchester, with impressive historic and contemporary spaces that suit families looking for adventurous days out and culture buffs keen to see a mix of famous and emerging visual arts.

Have a Merry Christmas on Oxford Road Corridor!

Museums & Galleries

The Whitworth Gallery - Parkside
The Whitworth

A visually stunning art gallery located at the heart of Whitworth Park, with a collection containing around 55,000 items.

External shot of Elizabeth Gaskell's House
Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

This beautifully restored Grade II listed villa was once home to Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the UK’s most important Victorian writers.

External shot of The Pankhurst Centre
The Pankhurst Centre

Discover the story of the suffragettes and learn about women’s activism, past and present, at the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her family.

External shot of Victoria Baths
Victoria Baths

Victoria Baths is located just outside of the Oxford Road Corridor, but it’s an iconic treasure that’s well worth a visit.

Exterior HOME Theatre Arts Centre Manchester Oxford Road Corridor
HOME

Manchester’s multi-purpose hub of creativity and discovery, bringing together film, theatre, art, and some of the city’s best social spaces.

The Holden Gallery

Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery curates an exhibitions programme that focuses exclusively on recent developments in international contemporary visual art.

Live Music

Food & Drink

Exterior of The Eighth Day Shop & Cafe
The 8th Day Shop & Cafe

You can stop by on your lunch for a quick takeaway sandwich or burrito to take back to your desk or enjoy across the road in All Saints Park, or you stay longer and pick from a menu of mains in their downstairs cafe.

Hatch

Hatch is Manchester’s pop-up retail, food and drink destination on Oxford Road with something for just about everyone. It is a place to shop, eat and drink, 7 days a week at over 30 independent traders.

A sandwich prepared at TAKK University Green
TAKK University Green

Takk at University Green is an Icelandic inspired, independent coffee shop that offers tasty, artisan, single-source coffee and delicious brunch, snack and vegetarian options.

Photo of an Indian dish from zouk tea bar and grill
Zouk Tea Bar and Grill

Zouk Tea Bar and Grill is a modern, exciting restaurant, serving up some of the very best Indian-Pakistani cuisine in Manchester.

The Refuge

The Refuge, at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel, is a luxurious, modern restaurant, housed in a magnificent, Alfred Waterhouse designed, Victorian brick and terracotta building offers 10,000 sq ft of drinking and dining for everyone and anyone with the instruction “Come As You Are”.

A dish from WOOD Manchester
WOOD Manchester

WOOD Manchester offers one of the city’s best fine dining experiences, from the locally-loved winner of 2015 MasterChef winner Simon Wood.

An external shot of Seoul Kimchi at night
Seoul Kimchi

Seoul Kimchi is an intimate restaurant on Upper Brook Street that serves Manchester’s most acclaimed Korean cuisine.

The bar area of The Font in Manchester one of the bars and pubs on oxford road
The Font

The Font Manchester is a cracking bar found just off Oxford Road on New Wakefield St where it’s been for over 20 years.

Interior shot of Temple Bar in Mancheter
The Temple

Originally called The Temple of Convenience owing to its former life as a public toilet block, this is a tiny bar with some of the finest bathroom graffiti in town.

An image of a sign outside Sandbar on the Oxford Road Corridor
Sandbar

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

photo of roof terrace at big hands
Big Hands

Big Hands at the South end of Oxford Road may be small, but it comes with added rock n’ roll swagger, a great atmosphere and a lovely roof garden.

Cocktails at Bunny Jackson's
Bunny Jackson’s Juke Joint

Bunny Jackson’s is a late-night music venue, dive bar and American diner on First Street. Expect cocktails, cold beer and chicken wings.

Green Spaces

Flowers in bloom at All Saints Park one of the green spaces on Oxford Road Corridor
All Saints Park

All Saints Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the Oxford Road Corridor. Perfect for a quick moment of calm on a busy day.

Trees in bloom at Whitworth Park Manchester Oxford Road Corridor taken by Friends of Whitworth Art Gallery
Whitworth Park

This 18-acre park opposite the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust is an eye-catching green space and home to the Whitworth Art Gallery.

A view of people gathering on the grass at Brunswick Park
Brunswick Park

Enjoy views of some of the best architecture in Manchester in this green space which was opened in 2018 by The University of Manchester.

An overhead view of Symphony Park at Circle Square on Oxford Road in Manchester
Symphony Park

Circle Square is home to Symphony Park, a beautifully landscaped green space designed for socialising, entertaining, relaxing and exploring.

People enjoying sunshine outside Brewdog on University Green one of the many green spaces on Oxford Road in Manchester
University Green

University Green is a modern home for retailers and food and drink outlets as well as a tree-lined green space for the public to enjoy.

Alan Gilbert Square

The outdoor area directly in front of the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons, the University of Manchester’s 24/7 study and learning space, provides green spaces for students to enjoy during breaks from teaching and learning.

Where to stay

The lobby of Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel

Kimpton Clocktower Hotel offers an unforgettable stay on Oxford Road Corridor in one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings.

Midland Hotel Lobby Manchester Oxford Road Corridr
The Midland Hotel

The Midland Hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Manchester, and one of Oxford Road Corridor’s most lavishly decorated hotels.

Image of the chandelier at Holiday Inn Express Oxford Road
Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on Oxford Road is a centrally located hotel that offers visitors great value for money.