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10 things to do at the Arndale this Christmas

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1. Hop aboard Santa’s virtual reality sleigh ride

Santa’s sleigh ride is the perfect family attraction during the festive period. Once aboard, your HD VR headsets will ensure you enjoy a fully immersive 4D experience as we transport you across the globe (and even into space!). Hop aboard this festive fun experience inside Candy Cane Central. Pre-book your tickets now.

2. Send your letter to Santa and receive a reply from the main man himself

Help your little one write their Christmas wish list whilst chatting to the magic postbox in his winter wonderland snow scene. Then simply pop it in the letterbox and head home to wait for a special reply from Santa. Santa’s post box is located inside Candy Cane Central (next to The Works). Find out more here.

3. Enjoy festive free events

There are a whole host of festive free events taking place inside Candy Cane Central in the run up to Christmas. From Santa’s silent disco, to face painting and Christmas crafts. Make lasting memories with the little ones this Christmas. Head to our website to book your free slot now.

4. Snap a photo at our Selfie Station

Snap some festive selfies with your besties at our selfie station inside Candy Cane Central. Our mirror corner is the perfect spot to capture the perfect Instagram photo!

5. Give back to our local community

We’re helping our local community this Christmas by taking donations on behalf of our charity partner Mustard Tree. We’d love your help and will be collecting donations at our Giving Grotto inside Candy Cane Central. Find what items we are collecting and how you can help here.

6. Feast your eyes on our decorations

Bright, bold colours, sparkling streamers and disco ball Christmas puds are the name of the game this season at Manchester Arndale. Capture your perfect Instagram pics under our fabulous neon bauble archway at Exchange Court. Don’t forget to tag us in your photos on social – we’d love to see them in the last week of Christmas.

7. Indulge in festive food

Christmas really is the time to indulge in hearty, warm, delicious food and we have a whole host of restaurants and cafes at the Arndale that can solve all your winter cravings. From a classic festive bake at Greggs and a Christmas panini at Costa Coffee to a Reindeer Sundae Funday at Creams and Gingerbread latte at Starbucks. Find our full list of places to eat and drink here.

8. Experience our leisure venues

Whether it’s your work’s Christmas do, fun with friends or an activity to entertain the kids over the Christmas holidays, our range of leisure venues will bring plenty of fun and laughter over the Christmas period. Beat The CUBE, hit a hole in one or bowl a strike, the Arndale is home to a wide range of leisure destinations.

9. Hit the stores for some Christmas shopping

For all you last-minute shoppers, hit the stores for gifts for your loved ones. Whether it’s something sparkly, cosy pajamas, a gadget or chocolate treat, we have over 200 stores to find the perfect gift. See our full list of stores here.

10. Get party season ready

Party season is all about getting suited and booted and adding a splash of sparkle to your party outfit because it’s Christmas and there’s no better excuse. Pick up your statement outfit at the Arndale and don’t forget to add bags, shoes and accessories!