Press release: Manchester Central breaks records with latest Christmas show

Manchester Central has broken December visitor records this month, as its annual Christmas Party World event becomes the most popular in its history.


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The venue anticipates welcoming over 27,500 visitors by the time the event comes to close on December 22.

The event, organised by Vivid Experiences, held at Manchester Central since 2016, is renowned for being the most immersive Christmas party experience in the UK.

Held for 18 nights across December, in excess of 1,000 companies hosted their Christmas party get-togethers at the event during the four week run.

With ‘Cirque de Lumiere’ theming, this year’s event showcases world-class aerial and ground based entertainment such as tightrope walking, trapeze shows, flying hoop, contortion acts, fire and acro-balance. Indoor fairground rides including Dodgems, Waltzers, and Twist & Miami are also inside the iconic venue, with after-dinner DJ entertainment and a Moet & Chandon champagne bar.

The record-breaking number of guests has also kept Manchester Central’s hospitality teams busy, with data revealing that 2,175 litres of homemade soup, 1.2 tonnes of braised red cabbage and over 980kg of brussels sprouts will be prepared and served as part of the festive three-course dinner.

Shaun Hinds, CEO at Manchester Central, said “Every year I am blown away by the sheer scale and magnitude of Vivid Experience’s Christmas Party World events and this year is no exception. The level of detail on display to create this year’s magical circus theming is spectacular, and we’re delighted to continue to be their host venue, here in Manchester.

“We’ve had a huge surge in visitors this year, and we are noticing more and more companies who want to get together with their teams, but also mingle with other businesses on a fun evening out. Christmas is all about togetherness and these figures show that the festive spirit is definitely on display here in Manchester.”

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