News/21 Dec 2020

How to Have a Very Merry Manchester Christmas

  1. Hit the Independent Shops

This year has seen lots of people pledge to shop local or second-hand. Chorlton is one of the best spots in Manchester to do this and the great news is that it’s only 20 minutes on the tram from Duet’s nearest stop.

If you’re looking to find some last minute, high-quality presents for loved ones, or yourself for that matter, then Beech Road is the perfect place for you. Not only are there plenty of beautiful shops on Beech Road, but you can also get your hands on delicious mulled wine from The Chorlton Green. For the best charity shops that the city has to offer, take a stroll down Wilbraham Road and to Chorlton Cross Shopping Centre – Oxfam is a fantastic option for Christmas shopping with plenty of great gifts, such as books, records, and top of the range chocolate on sale.

  1. Create a HOME Cinema

There is nothing like a good Christmas classic or new blockbuster to get into the festive spirit and although the cinemas may be shut, you can easily create a fun film experience at home. This year, why not enjoy something a bit different and support Manchester-based centre for contemporary art HOME, who are currently streaming Christmas theatre performances via a pay-what-you-like basis.

Get your living room prepped for the cosiest of film nights with plenty of blankets, fairy lights, and delicious snacks – festive favourites such as mince pies and a hot chocolate will make your evening feel even more Christmassy!

  1. Christmas-morning worthy Coffee

At Duet, we are huge fans of the local speciality coffee provider Salford Roasters, which is why they are the only beans we use in our coffee machines. The good news, if you’re looking for any coffee lovers in your life, is that Salford Roasters have a beautiful range of hampers and gifts available on their website.

If you’re looking for a fun activity for the festive period, why not try your hand at creating some delicious festive coffees or coffee-based cocktails from home? Whether you and your loved ones have a taste for baileys, gingerbread coffee, or perhaps even espresso martinis, making your own festive drinks is a great pastime whilst we can’t enjoy our favourite bars and coffee shops.

  1. Deck the Halls with Homemade Ornaments

With work winding down for many people, Christmas is the perfect opportunity to take some time away from your screens and try your hand at some festive crafts.

Regardless of whether you’re a novice or a crafting expert, wreath-making is a really fun activity for any time of year, but particularly the festive season. A homemade wreath be a beautiful addition to your home, they make great gifts too and fortunately Manchester florist Northern Flower have released a range of wreath kits on their website.

With so many Christmas parties and catch-ups being cancelled, activities such as wreath-making, flower arranging, or even cocktail making are great to do virtually with friends.

  1. Enjoy A Brisk Winter Walk

Manchester may be known for its bustling streets and big buildings, but there are so many beautiful walking routes to enjoy throughout the city and surrounding area. Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is a great activity for your days off, especially if you haven’t had the chance to leave your home much over the winter months.

A wander around the Quays, which is right on the doorstep of Duet, is a beautiful waterside walk, whilst Lyme Park is a stunning National Trust site just a short drive away.

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