The Whitworth will be transformed into a festive ice wonderland this Christmas

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The Frost Fair will bring families together to celebrate the seasonal togetherness that Scandinavians call ‘hygge’.

A stunning winter courtyard complete with an Ice Queen, ice rink, festive film screenings and a fireworks display are coming to the Whitworth Art Gallery this December.

The Frost Fair, taking place on 3rd and 4th December, will be see The Whitworth transformed into a Scandinavian wonderland for a weekend of free events to celebrate winter. Inspired by the Danish word ‘Hygge’, meaning warmth, cosiness and wellbeing, the event aims to promotes art and togetherness, encouraging gallery visitors, the local community and families to come together.

The two-day programme of free activities will include an outdoor cinema in the Art Garden and live music, adding to the festive atmosphere. Gallery activities are on offer throughout the weekend, providing entertaining, lively and interactive spaces for all ages to enjoy.

The Frost Fair will see events specialists Walk The Plank transform the main sculpture court into the Ice Queen’s Courtyard with an ice rink that will be open to the public between special performances.

The festive event will also welcome a host of market stalls displaying local craft ales from Cloudwater Brewery served up with delicious international street food, mulled wine, hot chocolate, artisan feasts, hot cocktails, served from 11am-7pm daily.

The Manchester Children’s Book Festival will be there with Storytelling Tent out on the Saturday with winter themed sensory stories featuring the Festival’s favourite winter warmers.


Follow all the fun @MCBFestival #McrFamilyFun #galleryinthepark

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