The Refuge are proud to announce their 2018 Christmas calendar, a program of events offering a special festive selection of food and drink, music and art that will encapsulate all that is Merry with Manchester. For the very first time, they will introduce The Refuge Christmas Carol.
Housed within one of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, The Refuge has become synonymous with stunning food and drink, a venue where modern design has been carefully woven into the fabric of the historic building. Alongside the food and drink, The Refuge also plays host to music, cultural events and art curation throughout the year.
The Refuge Christmas Carol will start the countdown to the festive season on 22nd November with the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir performing in the restaurant foyer for passers by on Oxford Road. Resident Christmas Town Hall Crier, Luke Cowdrey will also officially turn on the festive lights and announce the launch of the Refuge Christmas Carol. The evening will also be hosted by Forever Manchester and the much loved Manchester-based graphic designer, Trevor Johnson – putting together a Christmas pop-up shop filled with one-off graphic design prints, from the famed Hacienda designer.
Capturing the spirit of a Victorian Christmas, Waterhouse Way has been transformed into an undercover and heated snug area with a Christmas Carol Bar. Guests can escape to the outdoor courtyard to nestle in the heart of a hidden Victorian street, away from the busy city streets and hustle and bustle. The outside space will see buskers singing festive songs after work in Waterhouse Way from 30th November then every Friday and Saturday until 22nd in December, along with Dickensian inspired town criers on 22ndNovember, 1st 8th and 15th December.
On Sunday 2nd December, Our Kid Social is bringing family delights with a kids Christmas party hosted by Santa Claus himself, children of all ages can indulge in the seasonal festivities and engage in creative workshops.
On 8th December Parrs Wood choir will be performing on Waterhouse Way, and is a chance for guests to again experience the incredible school choir, after they bought the nation to tears with their emotional rendition of the Ariana Grande song at the One Love benefit gig. This will be followed on the 15th December by the appearance of the nationally revered Hallé Youth choir singing in their 70 piece splendour.
Across 14th, 15th, 16th December, The Refuge will become a cosy and fun place to watch two cult status Christmas movies, starting with Elf for adults at 8pm, expect a film screening with a twist, then the next day The Refuge will be putting an interactive spin on the 1984 classic film – Gremlins – showcasing an immersive cinema screening hosted by the LGBT Drunk at Vogue – in The Refuge Basement. The 16th will be Elf for kid, shown outside in the Christmas snug plus father Christmas will make another visit.
On to the food offering – The Refuge Christmas feast is a nod to Victorian Britain traditions – gathering all family and friends for great food and cheer for the soul. The festive set menu offers hearty and merry twists which are served in a sharing style.
For the mains, choose from the turkey Porchetta with cranberry and apricot stuffing or the Christmas “Ve”llington, a vegetarian option that will undeniably grace the Christmas table. Fall for the irresistible desserts, either the unforgettably indulgent chocolate fondue with churros or the flaming Christmas pudding blazed with brandy sauce.
‘Tis the season to be jolly this December at The Refuge. The 10,000 sq. ft offers an ideal space to hold and shape your Christmas parties in style.