Manchester City Council invites revellers to a family-friendly, alcohol-free countdown to 2018 with an incredible fireworks display at Albert Square. Last year, thousands of people braved the cold to see in the New Year and this year’s celebration is set to be the biggest yet. The event will be held in the shadow of the iconic Manchester Town Hall with a big screen showing the all-important countdown to midnight before a breath-taking array of pyrotechnics is released from the roof.
For more information, visit Manchester.gov.uk.
LOOKING FOR ROMANCE?
The Lowry Hotel
Treat that special someone to an evening at Salford’s most prestigious, yet never pretentious five-star venue, The Lowry Hotel. Enjoy an intimate four-course meal in its AA-Rosette River Restaurant with stunning views of Manchester over a spread of quality local cuisine. Just before the stroke of midnight the team will ensure you have a glass of Champagne in your hand to toast the New Year on its riverside terrace while watching the city light up across the water. Afterwards, you can dance the night away with its resident DJ.
Tickets £145 per person.
DANCE LIKE ITS 1989
O2 Victoria Warehouse
Kendal Calling, an award-winning independent festival in the Peak District, has invited a host of its most popular performers who have graced the fields of Lowther Deer Park to headline its first ever New Year’s celebration. Indie favourites Everything Everything and Tom Grennan take to the stage, with more acts to be announced, as the festival takes over the O2 Victoria Warehouse for an evening of raucous live music to dance your way into the New Year.
Tickets start at £29.50.
EAT YOUR WAY TO 2019
It’s your last chance for some festive indulgence before the New Year health drive, so why not go out with a bang in Manchester’s oldest independently-owned Italian restaurant, Don Giovanni. In the heart of the theatre strip, the Italian institution has been feeding the people of Manchester traditional Italian cuisine for over 30 years – so it knows how to spoil. Indulge in an authentic four-course set meal bookended with a Champagne aperitivo and cocktail digestive, all accompanied by live music through the night. Dishes include wild mushroom risotto topped with fresh truffle to Anglesey-farmed sea bass fried in parsley and lemon, with sweet treats ranging from a salted caramel soufflé to its famous tiramisu.
Tickets £59.50 per person.
Great John Street Hotel
Always fancied a career as a detective? Charming city centre townhouse hotel, Great John Street Hotel plays host to Murder on the Rooftop, an evening of champagne, fine dining and murder mystery. After indulging in a three-course meal, you’ll have the chance to don your festive deerstalker and get to the bottom of a glass or three of fizz and hopefully the crime! Once the mystery is solved, join your fellow detectives on the terrace to watch the fireworks as the clock strikes midnight over Manchester.
Tickets £120 per person.
Whitefield Golf Club
Whitefield Golf Club invites the community to see in the New Year at its newly renovated luxurious banqueting suite. Your ticket will see you enjoying a delicious four course meal with a complimentary bottle of red and white wine per table as well as a glass of bubbly at midnight. Hats and novelties will be provided to ensure fun and frolics ensue. On the decks, three-time UK DJ of the year, Steve Sale steps up spinning a classic feel-good set. He’s played nationwide, now he’s ready to bring the party to Whitefield for a night par excellence.
Tickets £65 per person or why not bring your friends and make up a table of 10 or 12.