Christmas at SCL

We’re hosting a fabulous range of festive events across the city, guaranteed to get you feeling all Christmassy.

Check out the range of events, activities and workshops we’re running across all our venues in the run up to Christmas. Keep an eye on this page too, as we’ll be adding more events as they are confirmed.

Plaster Gilded Christmas Decorations

Date | Time: Sunday 5 December 2021, 1:00 – 4:00pm
£15 per person, booking required

Get into the festive spirit and enjoy an afternoon session decorating and making plaster tree decorations using moulds and learning decorating techniques such as gilding and painting. You will come away with 6 decorations in total to gift or hang on your tree.

We recommend this workshop for adults but are happy for children aged 12 years + to attend accompanied by an adult.


Christmas Wreath Making

Date | Time: Sunday 12 December 2021, 1:00 – 4:00pm & Monday 13 December 2021, 2:00 – 4:30pm
£20 per person, booking required

Get into the real Christmas spirit and join our Head Gardener at Ordsall Hall this December as she talks you through creating your own Organic Natural Christmas Wreath.

Use natural evergreen foliage and dried flowers, fruit and herbs to create a vibrant and beautiful wreath for your home in this very special Creative Calm Workshop.

The course will take place in our beautiful Grade I listed Tudor Hall in socially distanced groups of up to 10 persons, with all materials provided. You will have around 90 minutes to create your wreath and will be shown how to reuse your wreath for many years to come and reduce your Christmas waste forever!

Father Christmas in the Great Hall

Date | Time: Sunday 12 & 19 December 2021, 1:00 – 3:30pm
£4 per child, booking required

Meet Father Christmas in Ordsall’s Historic Great Hall.

We are so excited to welcome Father Christmas to Ordsall Hall this year! Children will meet Father Christmas in the beautiful surrounding of Ordsall’s Grade I listed Tudor Great Hall. During their visit they will choose a magical gift from the Elves, and have the option to take part in Christmas themed craft activities based in the Museum Galleries.

A Christmas café will also be serving hot and cold drinks, along with a selection of tasty festive treats and our Museum Shop will be open 1-4 for a bit of last minute Christmas shopping.

Let the magic of Christmas enchant you in our beautiful historic Great Hall, the perfect setting for Father Christmas’ visit.


Festive Crafts: Handmade Soap balls

Date | Time: Wednesday 22 December 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00 – 3:00pm
Cost: £3 per person, no booking required

Come down to Ordsall Hall and try your hand at making homemade soap balls, which you can then wrap up in linen and gift to your loved ones this Christmas.

Please note: there will be limited numbers per session and you may be required to wait whilst other visitors complete their activity due to limited capacity in the room.

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Date | Time: Available from 1st to 16th December 2021, 12:30 – 2:00pm
Adult £12.95, Child £8.95, booking required

Enjoy a festive afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Christmas.

Afternoon tea includes a selection of sandwiches, festive cakes, scone with jam and cream and a choice of tea or coffee. There is also a smaller children’s selection which includes a sandwich, selection of festive cakes and a soft drink.

Bookings are available between 12.30pm and 2pm – please select your preferred arrival time when booking.


Monton Voices Carols in the Galleries

Date | Time: Saturday 4th December 2021, 12:00 – 2:00pm
FREE, no booking required

Monton Voices join us once more for a delightful afternoon of Christmas Carols in the museum for this free concert in the Victorian Gallery.


Christmas Calligraphy Workshop

Date | Time: Saturday 4th December 2021, 12:00 – 2:00pm
£15, booking required

A beginner intro to calligraphy with a festive twist.

Join local artist Caroline Coates to explore a range of calligraphy techniques. Including both traditional and modern calligraphy. All materials are provided, including Christmas card making supplies.


Jesmonite Workshop

Date | Time: Saturday 11th December 2021, 12:00 – 2:00pm
£20, booking required

This workshop, hosted by artist/maker Caroline Coates will introduce you to Jesmonite a unique material that’s an eco-friendly answer to concrete. During this workshop you will be taken though step by step the casting process You’ll make both a small pot and a coaster, perfect for a Christmas gift for a loved one or yourself!

Materials provided included a wide range of colours you will create unique pieces that will be ready to take home the same day.


Breakfast with Father Christmas

Date | Time: Various, see below
Children £15, Adults £8, booking required

Christmas has arrived at Lark Hill Place, and Father Christmas is paying us a very special morning visit!

On selected weekends we’re opening our doors early to some very special guests for a morning filled with crafts, food and a meeting with story time from the big man himself!

Recommended for ages 5+, prices include breakfast, a craft and a present from Father Christmas.

Father Christmas will be at Lark Hill Place between 9am and 11am on:

  • Saturday 11th December
  • Sunday 12th December
  • Saturday 18th December
  • Sunday 19th December


Salford Museum & Art Gallery: A Christmas Visit

Date | Time: From 1st to 23rd December 2021, various times – see below
Free (donations welcome), booking required

Take a step back in time to Lark Hill Place, an atmospheric re-creation of a typical northern street during Victorian times before taking in the upstairs galleries showing the social history and art collections and temporary exhibitions

During December we will be decorating the street for Christmas, with lots of festive things to spot! Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with our yuletide trail around the galleries!

Visits bookable Tuesday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.00pm and weekends from 11.30am – 3.00pm.


Christmas Concert at Eccles Library

Date | Time: Tuesday 7th December 2021, 7:00 – 9:00pm, Eccles Library
£5, booking required

Join us for a festive evening in the delightful surroundings of the Grade II listed Eccles Carnegie Library. With festive music, old and new in a candlelit setting. Music by the vibrant, all-female string group, String in Fusion.


Stay & Play

Date | Time: From Wednesday 8th December 2021, 1:30 – 2:30pm, Height Library
Cost: Free, booking required

Come along and enjoy crafts and play with your toddler at the Height Library! During December we’ll be adding some festive crafts.

Sessions held every Wednesday until 22nd December.

Places are limited, please book by calling 0161 921 2240 or email

Festive Family Fun

Date | Time: Saturday 11th December 2021, 10:00am – 12:00pm, Swinton Library
£1.50 per parent / carer and child and £3 for families, booking required

Come and join us for some festive family fun at Swinton Library!

They’ll be crafts for the whole family, Christmas stories and refreshments available to purchase.

Book your tickets at Swinton Library. For more information, please call 0161 793 3736 or email

Breakfast with Santa

Date | Time: Sunday 12th December 2021, 9:30am & 10:45am
£5 per child, booking required

Join us for a special breakfast with Santa himself!

Meet and greet with Santa, receive a gift, a photo and Christmas singalongs. Breakfast includes chocolate waffles, croissants, yogurt, fruit and a drink.

Please select your preferred time slot when booking.

Please note: Parents do not need to book a place for this event.


Children’s Christmas Party

Date | Time: Tuesday 14th December 2021, 4:30pm & 6:30pm
£5 per child, booking required

Join us for a special Children’s Christmas Party.

Party includes party games, glitter tattoos, craft activities, a visit from Santa including gift, hotdog and a drink.

Please select your preferred time slot when booking.

Please note: Parents do not need to book a place for this event.


3 Month Christmas Gift Vouchers

The season of goodwill is upon us and we’re delighted to be offering our fantastic gym, swim and classes membership vouchers. Even better, this year we’re also offering them for younger gym members. A perfect gift for your little fitness fanatic.

So buy the gift of health this Christmas for your family, friends or even treat yourself.

Our Christmas Voucher offers include:

  • Three-month All-Inclusive gym, swim & classes voucher for £90. A saving of £15 compared to our standard monthly membership.
  • Three-month Teen Gym Voucher (ages 14-17) for £40. A saving of £20 compared to paying for 3 monthly passes.
  • Three-month Junior Gym Voucher (ages 11-13) for £25. A saving of £20 compared to purchasing 3 monthly passes.

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