Aside from the fact that Manchester is home to two of the biggest football clubs in the world, has hosted six of 2019’s ICC Cricket World Cup games and (arguably the most impressive) was the birthplace of the world’s longest-running soap opera Coronation Street, it’s a great place to host a party. As the buzzing hub that it is and known for being the world’s first industrial city, Manchester has a lot to offer
Your office Christmas party probably has a lot to live up to, so where better to host it than the most vibrant and thriving city in the north? Here are a few reasons why we think Manchester is the perfect Christmas party location...
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than a trip to the Manchester Christmas Markets? Why not make a weekend of it? Book your Christmas party night at a venue with on-site accommodation like Emirates Old Trafford and then arrange to meet colleagues or friends the next day, keeping the festive spirit over a cup or two of mulled wine. With over 300 stalls and chalets spread across the city centre, there’s plenty to see and do.
With accommodation on every street, your guests will not be without a place to stay. Manchester offers an option for all budgets, including small boutiques, five-star hotels, B&B’s and apartments. If your party-goers are travelling from afar, they don’t need to worry about finding their way home with the available accommodation. In some cases, you can find venues with accommodation on-site – like the Hilton Garden Inn we have here at Emirates Old Trafford.
Nightlife for the ‘after-party’
For those who are expecting the do to go on into the early hours of the morning, Manchester’s nightlife is positively buzzing. Deansgate Locks, Oxford Road, The Northern Quarter and Spinningfields, to name just a few prime areas, boast a number of bars suiting to everyone’s taste.
Probably one of the biggest perks of hosting a party in Manchester is the transport links. To make sure everyone can easily get to your chosen venue, and for those who don’t want to stay over, there are easily accessible transport options running all through the country. These include:
Metrolink: With 93 stops across the Greater Manchester area, metrolink trams make travelling easier. They run every few minutes until late evening.
Bus: Greater Manchester has an extensive bus network operated by different commercial bus companies. The individual operators will always have the latest information about your service.
Train: Manchester has a number of stations including Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate and Victoria all have access to tram stops, taking you straight to the venue.
Metroshuttle: Make use of Transport for Greater Manchester’s free shuttle bus, linking the main train stations, car parks, shopping areas and businesses in Manchester City Centre.
If you’re flying into Manchester, there are both train and bus services that have routes to and from Manchester Airport.