11th October, 2019

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  • Venue: Piazza

MediaCityUK is proud to announce our Festive Season, where we’ll be partnering with The Lowry Outlet Mall and The Lowry Theatre to showcase all the Quays area has to offer, including a magical, Dr Suess-inspired wonderland, traditional Christmas Markets, a full-size Ice Rink and Christmas Theatre shows at The Lowry.

Take a look at everything MediaCityUK has to offer you this Christmas and keep your eyes peeled for more details coming soon.


Friday, 15th November

MediaCityUK Christmas Lights Switch on event 5pm – 7pm

With special performances, the launch of the MediaCityUK Christmas Markets will be a special night to celebrate with friends, family and colleagues.  Full announcement and line up coming soon.


From 15th November – 22rd December

MediaCityUK Christmas Markets 11am – 9pm every day*

Pagodas will line and illuminate the MediaCityUK Piazza. Enjoy browsing traditional, continental and vegetarian food stalls and market stalls selling beautiful and bespoke stocking fillers. Pick up a Bavarian beer or a glass of prosecco and listen to one of the many live performances. Or enjoy a Christmas themed cocktail or a mug of traditional Glühwein in the fully weather-proof seating area.

* Please note the day of the Christmas Lights Switch (15/11/19) on the markets will be open from 3pm

From 15th November – 5th January

MediaCityUK Ice Rink 11am – 9pm every day*

Open to children and adults, with the option to private hire and available for school trips. There will also be a viewing area and bar selling soft drinks, hot chocolate, wine and beer.

You can pre book tickets here

* Please note the day of the Christmas Lights Switch (15/11/19) on the ice rink will be open from 5pm


Throughout the Christmas season Dockyard’s outdoor bar – The Lodge will be open for seasonal treats and look out for exclusive discounts at MediaCityUK’s on-site bars and restaurants.


From 21st November – 22nd December

The Lowry Outlet’s Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas inspired Makers Market

Step inside the Whoville themed Christmas Makers markets inspired by Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Located on The Lowry Outlet plaza for five weekends, be immersed in the village of Whoville as you browse the Makers Market stalls where you can pick up unique Christmas gifts, try tasty treats and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

From 21st November enjoy late night shopping until 8pm Monday – Friday within The Lowry Outlet


From 3rd December – 11th January

Christmas shows at The Lowry

The Lowry will host four shows this Christmas. In the Lyric Theatre enjoy the Broadway sensation Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical starring Griff Rhys Jones and X Factor’s Matt Terry. Meanwhile, in the Quays Theatre the six wives of Henry VIII take to the stage with new smash hit musical SIX  and little ones can enjoy The Gruffalo’s Child. And in The Aldridge Studio, Colour The Clouds theatre company present Snowbabies.

SIX 3rd December – 11th January

Dr Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical 10th December – 5th January

The Gruffalo’s Child 6th December – 12th January

Snowbabies 17th – 24th December


From 6 – 15th December

Quays Culture presents Lightwaves

Lightwaves is a free interactive light festival, transforming public spaces for 10 days each year as playful light experiences span across Salford Quays and MediaCityUK. The annual festival showcases inspiring digital light art from local and international artists. Visitors are invited to download the free festival app to navigate the trail via an interactive map. Highlights include an exclusive world premiere and the world-famous interactive illuminating seesaws Wave-Field created by Lateral Office and CS Design, with soundscape by Mitchell Akiyama.