A pop-up cinema is coming to Mayfield Depot, near Manchester Piccadilly, bringing a series of festive (and non-festive) favourites to the big screen.

Cinema goers will enter a magical kingdom through a secret wardrobe, finding themselves in an enchanted forest full of festive surprises.

Running over four long weekends from November 23 to December 16, the festive film programme includes the Greatest Showman, Love Actually Weekend and two Christmas Classics weeks.

The Greatest Showman will be brought to life with stilt walkers, fire breathers and a choir as well as sing-along screenings

The Love Actually weekend will host a screening including a live gospel performance.

And the Christmas Classics weeks feature a host of Christmas favourites including Home Alone, The Holiday, Elf, The Polar Express, Gremlins and our Christmas favourite … Die  Hard (yes, it IS a Christmas movie and we won’t accept otherwise).

Along with the seasonal blockbusters and family favourites, there will also be an array of festive installations along Temperance Street, close to Piccadilly Transport Hub, as well as a delicious selection of food hosted by some of the UK’s finest restaurants and food trucks, live music and dancers, and a unique bar experience with a selection of exclusive Christmas Cocktails and mulled wines.

Back To The Future coming to Bridgewater Hall – with a live symphony orchestra playing the score!

All the screenings take place under cover of Mayfield’s three railway arches.

Entering the venue through a Narnia-inspired wardrobe, visitors will emerge into a magical enchanted forest which will transport guests to a fairy-tale cinema and street food venue.

In the cinema, a range of seating will include giant bean bags, and while people are encouraged to dress warmly for the winter weather, there will also be blankets on offer to snuggle under which will keep audience’s toasty – and which will be donated to the city’s homeless after the final screening.

What’s on at the Magical Christmas Movie Experience at Mayfield Depot?

The Greatest Showman
Date: Fri 23-Sun 25 November, Fri 14 December
Time: times vary

The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long
Date: Fri 23-Sat 24 November
Time: Fri 6pm, Sat 1.30pm

Love Actually
Date: Thu 29 November-Sun 2 December
Time: times vary

The Holiday
Date: Thu 6 December, Sat 15 December
Time: Thu 7pm, Sat 9pm

Date: Fri 7-Sat 8 December, Sat 15 December
Time: times vary

Date: Fri 7 December
Time: 9pm

The Polar Express
Date: Sat 8 December, Sat 15 December
Time: 1.30pm

Home Alone
Date: Sat 8 December, Fri 14 December
Time: Sat 5.30pm, Fri 6pm

Home Alone 2
Date: Sun 9 December
Time: 1pm

Die Hard
Date: Thu 13 December
Time: 7pm

Santa Claus The Movie
Date: Sun 16 December
Time: 1pm

Further details are available at https://www.magicalchristmasmovieexperience.com