It’s no secret I am a massive Christmas fan. I am also passionate about supporting local businesses, venues and museums. With that in mind, I am sharing some free Christmas events in Salford. All of them look like they’ll be great fun – Who says Christmas has to be expensive? Read on to find out what’s on in Salford this Christmas!
Free Christmas Events In Salford
Christmas is an expensive time of year, so free activities are always very welcome here! Salford Leisure have organised lots of free activities. This list is just some of the free Christmas events in Salford this year.
Running Throughout December:
What: Walking With The Snowman
Where: Media City (Salford Quays)
When: 22nd November – 6th January.
More Info: Can you find all 12 of the Snowmen, which have been painted by local artists to represent the 12 days of Christmas? They are all hidden in and around The Lowry, Salford Quays and Media City. Pick up a map from inside The Lowry Outlet, and see if you can tick off all 12!
What: Christmas Makers Market
Where: The Lowry Outlet
When: Saturdays: 1st, 8th and 15th December (10am – 7pm), Sunday 2nd, 9th and 16th December (10am – 5pm)
More Info: The Artisan Makers Markets at the Lowry Outlet are one of the most popular christmas markets in the region. The market is free to explore, and you can do the Snowman Hunt while you’re there, too! You’ll find food, gifts and much more besides. It’s a magical experience, right on the edge of the water. It is well worth a visit!
What: Lightwaves Festival
Where: Media City (Salford Quays)
When: 7th December – 16th December, 4pm-10.30pm daily.
More Info:The Lightwaves festival returns to Salford Quays this December. It’s packed full of impressive light displays and fun art installations. This free attraction is well worth a visit as part of your festive season.
1st To 7th December:
What: Monton Voices Choir
Where: Salford Museum and Art Gallery
When: Sunday 2nd December (1.30pm- 3.30pm) – No Booking Required.
More Info: This free Christmas concert takes place in Salford Museum’s gallery. Guests can visit the café for festive treats before or after the event. Lark Hall Place is kitted out for a 1918 Christmas too, so be sure to visit while you’re there! You can check out the Museum shop for festive gift ideas too. The Museum and art gallery are free to access, but parking is payable, and donations are welcomed.
What: Ghostly Christmas Stories
Where: Ordsall Hall
When: Sunday 2nd December (1pm – 3.30pm) – No Booking Required.
More Info: The Great Chamber is said to be one of the most haunted rooms in Ordsall Hall. This family friendly ghost story session is sure to be a frightfully good adventure! Ordsall Hall is free to access, but parking is payable, and donations are welcomed.
8th to 14th December:
What: Carols & Choirs at Christmas
Where: St Peter’s Church, Chorley Road, Swinton
When: Tuesday 11th December (6.15pm) No Booking Required.
More Info: Local primary and secondary school choirs will gather together and perform a selection of massed items. Each choir will also perform one individual song. This is a lovely way to begin the Christmas festivities, by bringing together children from across Salford.
(Please note: No entry to the church will be permitted until 5.45pm, so don’t arrive too early)!
What: SAYO SPARKY Christmas Festival
Where: Clarendon Leisure Centre
When: Saturday 15th December (12pm-4pm) – No booking required.
More Info: Enjoy some family time and enjoy the festivities. Activities include: Free magic show and party games (1.30-2.30pm). Gift stalls, Table top sales, Santa’s Grotto, Giant inflatable obstacle course, Bouncy castle. Festival face painting, Glitter tattoos, Tombola, Christmas arts and crafts, Aqua blast pool slide (12.3pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm). Please note, some activities are free, while others are payable.
15th to 31st December:
What: MAPAS Carol Service
Where: Asda Swinton
When: Saturday 22nd December, 12pm
More Info: Head down to Asda in Swinton for some festive music performed by members of the MAPAS Arts Centre. There will be singers, violins, clarinets and perhaps a tuba or two!
Do you know of any other free Christmas events happening in Salford this December? If so, let me know!
In Conclusion: Salford Community Leisure have organised plenty of other low cost events as well. Find out more about those here. Finally: If you’ve enjoyed this free Christmas events in Salford blog post, why not check out the rest of my Christmas content?
PS: This isn’t a paid post – Just sharing local events to hopefully encourage people to attend them!