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Christmas across Greater Manchester

What’s happening

It may be pantomime season, but we want everyone to be singing from the same carol sheet as we enter another busy festive season.

Transport for Greater Manchester is advising people to plan their journeys over the Christmas period as there are a number of events across the region. From the Christmas lights switch on all the way to New Year’s Eve fireworks, the transport network will be busier than normal.

Journey times are likely to increase during the run up to New Year, so you should plan ahead if you are taking part in, spectating or travelling around the local area.

We have provided help and advice to keep your sled moving so you can prepare and minimise the impact on your Christmas travel and shopping trips.

There’s loads going on around greater Manchester over Christmas - Noel, our very own elf, has a cracking, interactive map with a selection of top venues and activities.

These pages will be continually updated during this time.


Advice for your journey

  • Plan ahead and allow extra yule time
  • Bus, tram, train and walking will be the best way get to the various events
  • Don’t plan to catch the last bus or train as services are expected to be very busy
  • Taking public transport will allow you to enjoy a drink and still get home safely

Local travel advice


What TfGM is doing to make travel easier

  • Providing as many trams as possible and working with train and bus operators to offer increased levels of capacity
  • Providing updated information through our website, social media and electronic messaging on the road network
  • Working with event organisers to understand and offer advice around any road closures and diversions
  • Altering traffic signals in the affected areas so traffic flows are optimised