With so many souped-up super-exciting Christmas things on the go, it’s nice to know you can slow down with some tradition too. Carolling is a lovely way to enjoy Christmas with little ones who love a bit of a sing-song (we love a bit of Christmas radio in our house) and of course the gentler, more reflective carols that tap into the spirit of the season. Here are some ideas for Christmas music that welcomes all the family:
University of Manchester Relaxed Sing Along
Get yourself in the festive spirit with a free and extremely relaxed event full of carols and festive participation, with an informal atmosphere unlike a traditional concert. The event is intended specifically to be sensitive to and accepting of audience members who may benefit from a more relaxed environment, including (but not limited to) those with autistic spectrum conditions, anyone with a learning disability or a sensory and communication disorder. Parents are welcome to bring small children, families should feel welcome to bring members living with dementia, please contact the Martin Harris Centre to discuss any requirements.
Martin Harris Centre, 15 December 1-2pm, free
Christmas Family Concert, Bridgewater Hall
Calling all children, parents and grandparents. Join Alasdair Malloy and Santa’s little helpers, the Hallé, for the annual fun-filled festive family concert, full of sing-alongs, jingle-alongs, seasonal surprises, orchestral antics and audience amazement. The perfect way to start a family Christmas, this cracker of a concert is so popular, even Father Christmas takes time out to attend. Why not get into the spirit and dress up as a snowman or Rudolph? If you have any sleigh bells – homemade or real – then bring them along and join in.
Bridgewater Hall, Sunday 10 December 3pm, Adults £25, Children (aged 17 and under) £16, Family Tickets (4 people minimum 1 child) £64
Christmas at Manchester Cathedral
There are a range of family-friendly events at Manchester Cathedral, from Family Carols on Saturday 16 December (at 7.30pm perhaps not for really little ones), a dropping in Carol Singalong on the same day at 12pm and the Christie Charity Christmas Concert on Tuesday 12 December, have a look through all their events for something to suit you.
Manchester Cathedral, dates, times and prices vary please check their events page
Classical Babies Presents A Jazzy Little Christmas/Brass and Baubles
This year Classical Babies are having two different Christmas events to give you plenty of choice, or even the option of coming along to both for double the festive fun! So come in from the cold, and snuggle down into some proper Christmas cosiness. Doors open at 10:30am and music begins at 11:00am for around 45mins. Entry is £10 (little ones come along free) and includes tea / coffee & scrumptious eatables. All pre-schoolers welcome. Baby-changing and buggy access available.
Emmanuel Church, Tuesday 5 December/Tuesday 12 December 11am, £10
St Ann’s Church Carol Extravaganza
This will be St Ann’s second Yuletide carol performance, and it has been organised in aid of Ronald MacDonald House. The event promises fantastic performances, Christmas refreshments and wonderful family testimonials.
St Ann’s Church, 6 December 7pm (adults £10, children £5, family £30)
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