christmas parade

23rd December 2022 | By Beth Ibbotson

Manchester hosts inaugural Christmas parade 

On December 11, Manchester hosted its first-ever Christmas Parade, which was attended by thousands of people. The hour-long parade included over 200 participants and started...

Food and drinks being sold at Manchester Christmas Markets

19th December 2022 | By Thomas Mansbridge

Manchester Christmas markets greener than ever this year

Manchester City Council has increased the level of sustainability at the Christmas markets this year.  There have been great efforts to ensure that the markets...


17th November 2021 | By Alex Norris

Is more police presence needed around Christmas time in Manchester?

With Manchester now on severe alert and the Christmas markets bringing in more people than ever, NQ headed to the streets to find out how...


12th November 2020 | By Bailey Taylor

Christmas trees in November? Why residents are putting their trimmings up even earlier this year

Residents across Greater Manchester have taken it upon themselves to deck the halls early this year in an attempt to fight off coronavirus blues as...


27th October 2020 | By Hayley Grice

Six-year-old Chorlton boy and sister collect tins of food for needy people at Xmas

After seeing the efforts of Marcus Rashford and local businesses helping to provide to children that were in need, youngsters Finn and Edie O’Farrell decided...

Santa roams the Lees Christmas markets in 2018

22nd October 2020 | By Niamh O'Connell

Covid makes Christmas markets go virtual in Lees village

Christmas markets in Lees village in Oldham have been taken virtual this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The markets will take place on 28-29...

Saddleworth Santa Dash 2019

12th October 2020 | By Hayley Grice

How Saddleworth Round Table is virtually dashing to help local cause

Saddleworth’s popular Santa Dash which raises thousands of pounds for charity is being held online this Christmas because of COVID-19. The Saddleworth Santa Dash is...


17th December 2019 | By Zainab Tariq

Manchester becomes UK’s first city to use recycled Christmas lights

Manchester is helping to save the environment by using bio-degradable and recycled lights this year to light up the city for Christmas. The LED lights...

sustainable Christmas Market

17th December 2019 | By Leonie Backhaus

Huge popularity for Manchester’s first sustainable Christmas Market

More than 2,000 people signed up for the first sustainable Christmas Market in the north that was held at Hatch with workshops selling out weeks...


13th December 2019 | By Adam Williams

Manchester restaurant to offer free buffet for the homeless this Christmas

A restaurant in Manchester is offering homeless people in the city a free Christmas buffet. Jasmine Grill, located on Richmond street in Manchester’s gay village,...


2nd December 2019 | By Zainab Tariq

Oldham College releases Christmas song aimed at spreading awareness about trafficking

Students and staff at Oldham College hace releases Christmas single to rasie awareness of the evils of human trafficking. Christmas With You features a community...

Northern Quota Christmas logo

25th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Merry Christmas from the Northern Quota – a guide to the festive period

Good tidings one and all from everyone at NQ, we’re enjoying a jolly festive period and hope that you are too. Worry not, they aren’t...

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) single cover

24th December 2018 | By Michael Daniels

You cheap lousy… is Fairytale of New York too offensive for radio?

Christmas songs clog up the chart toward the end of November leading up to Christmas. One of the most popular songs around this time of...

Elf on The Shelf doll sitting in front of a gingerbread house style door

21st December 2018 | By Katherine Relton-Grice

A house or a ho-ho-home? Magical chalet on the market in Glossop

Glossop estate agent Simple Lettings and Sales attracted attention online last week when they advertised a ‘detached magical chalet’ for £120,000.


19th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The intricate sci-fi unverse of Blade Runner

I did not like Blade Runner the first time I saw it, because I didn’t get it, and couldn’t stand its slow pace. Once I...


18th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The hilarious dystopian satire of Brazil

If you want to watch a good satire, but also fancy something truly bizarre, you have very little choice but to make Brazil a film to watch this Christmas.

The cast of Only Lovers Left Alive

16th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Incredible music and acting chemistry makes Only Lovers Left Alive the perfect romantic drama

If the subject at dinner turns to vampire films, before anyone can mention Twilight, suggest a genuinely passionate, creepy, underrated, modern film with an amazing soundtrack to boot as a movie anyone should definitely watch this Christmas.

Nicole Kidman in the Others

15th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: Less is more when achieving scares in the Others

When I tackled horror before, I went for suspense, ie there’s something scary and we don’t know where it is. Psychological thrillers take on many...


14th December 2018 | By Henry Walker

Manchester Friends of the Earth launch ‘plastic-free Christmas’ campaign

With all the wrapping, decorations, and food that come with it, you might think Christmas is the worst time of year to think about going...


14th December 2018 | By Matt Hartless

Film Advent Calendar: The story told through different timelines and intertwining philosophies in Cloud Atlas

If you can't decide what genre you want to watch, but want something deep and adventurous, Could Atlas is without doubt a film you need to watch this Christmas.