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First look at Mimi and the Mountain Dragon – the future Christmas classic family TV show made in Trafford

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BBC Mimi-and-the-Mountain-Dragon

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon will premiere at 3.20pm on December 26 (Boxing Day) on BBC One

For many of us, the film that defines Christmas is, of course, The Snowman.

But this year there’s a new contender for the festive TV crown – and it’s been made right here in Trafford

Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, created at Altrincham’s Factory Create studio, in collaboration with Leopard Pictures, is poised to take the baton from the 1982 award-winning classic tale of a friendship between a boy and his snowman.

Based at Altrincham Business Park, Factory has been responsible for a number of children’s TV over the years, including Clangers, Scream Street and Newzoids.

Using an equally charming 2D animation style, based on original illustrations by children’s author Emily Gravett, this newly created film tells the story of a village in Switzerland that quakes in fear of the mighty mountain dragon.

One winter a shy little girl called Mimi finds a tiny baby dragon asleep in her family woodshed, and has to take the perilous journey through blizzard and darkness to return the baby dragon to her fire breathing mother.

The story is an adaptation of Sir Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book of the same name and is making its television premiere on the BBC on Boxing Day – and there’s a lot of excitement building about it.

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At The Lowry Review: Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical

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At the Lowry how the grinch stole christmas

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is my favourite Christmas movie. In fact, I do not really like Christmas movies very much at all, but The Grinch will always have a special place in my heart.

Now, as problematic as Dr. Seuss may be, there is no denying that his whimsical children’s stories are marvellous, with The Grinch being one of his best. Jim Carrey and Taylor Momsen (when she was still innocent) starred in the live-action movie adaptation (2000), which had a mixed reception but was a box office hit and is the third highest grossing holiday film of all time. An animated adaptation, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, was released in 2018; it again received a mixed reception but went on to become the highest grossing holiday film of all time, ahead of Home Alone. So, clearly, people love them some Grinch.

The stage adaptation of The Grinch is a Broadway hit that precedes the original movie. Its synopsis is closer to the original story than the live-action film, which added new characters and backstories to create a movie for the whole family to enjoy. So there is no Martha May Whovier (Emmy and Tony winner and Golden Globe nominee Christine Baranski), no villainous mayor (Golden Globe and Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor), no love-triangle between the Grinch, Martha and the Mayor, no backstory about the Grinch’s arrival to Whoville and the bullying and torment he faced at school, amongst other noticeable differences.

The simplistic story of the stage version made it clear that its intended audience was children, but the jokes could be appreciated by people of all ages, and it was a nice evening of nostalgia for people who grew up with the live-action movie adaptation, like me.

The set (John Lee Beatty) was quirky and colourful but not too elaborate nor impressive; it provided a nice pantomime-y feel, which I’m sure children appreciated. The cutesy costumes (Robert Morgan) deserve merit, especially the fantastic Grinch costume.

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For the Little ones ComedySportz 4 Tots at Waterside Arts in Sale Trafford

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ComedySportz 4 Tots
ComedySportz 4 Tots

ComedySportz 4 Tots at Waterside Arts, Manchester, 18 January 2020, from £3.00

From the team behind ComedySportz, comes ComedySportz 4 Tots! This totally unscripted, unpredictable comedy show for kids has been getting laughs at Waterside Arts in Sale for eleven years. This show is aimed specifically at children aged 6 and under.

Two teams of comedians will go head to head with games, gags, silly sketches and songs. Who wins? You decide! This is a really fun, interactive afternoon for the children and a great space to fire their imaginations.

Running time is 45 minutes with no interval.

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A St. Bernard Cafe Is Coming To Trafford – And It Sounds Like Heaven

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Chill Factore St Bernard

Roll over Beethoven, there are some new pooches in town and you can find them at the Chill Factore.

That’s right, the UK’s longest indoor snow slope is hosting this adorable event to celebrate St. Bernard dogs and give them, and their owners, the chance to enjoy their very own winter wonderland.

The café will see the saints come marching in, along with their owners, today  (December 10)  from 5:30 pm – 8 pm and tickets will allow each visitor and their furry friend 30 minutes of snow fun!

No pooch? No problem! Saints lovers fear not as admirers of the lovable breed will also be welcome to come and play with the four-legged friends too.

Tickets will include tasty treats for both dogs and humans, so while pups enjoy Pawsecco and festive dog biscuits, owners can tuck into some delicious cupcakes. It is Christmas after all!

And a snowy café in December wouldn’t be complete without some Christmas tunes and a visit from Santa. Dogs (and humans) are encouraged to wear their favourite festive accessories and enjoy their very own Christmas party in the snow.

Chill Factore spokesman, Laura McKiernan said:

“We can’t wait to open this pop-up café in Manchester for admirers and owners of St. Bernard dogs. It’s the perfect early Christmas present treat for pets and their owners.”

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These are the Best Places to watch Christmas movies in Manchester over the festive season

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The-Snowman at Bridgewater Hall-CREDIT-©-Snowman-Enterprises-Ltd.-1982-2019

Wondering where to get your festive flicks fix in Manchester this Christmas? We’ve got you covered

Ho, ho, ho! From Home Alone to The Holiday, there’s a veritable Santa’s sackful of Christmas treats screening in Manchester this Christmas.

In addition to Christmas-themed programmes at your local cinemas, there are a number of alternative venues offering festive fare, including new openings and pop-up picture palaces.

From beloved Yuletide classics to festive family films, there’s certain to be something for everyone, whether you’re a grouchy Grinch or an elated elf. Here’s a round-up of celluloid Christmas crackers for your perusal.

The Snowman at The Bridgewater Hall

Raymond Briggs’ perennial favourite returns to The Bridgewater Hall after its successful screenings last year.

Fans of The Snowman can enjoy the film with The Hallé orchestra performing Craig Armstrong’s score on 20th and 23rd December.

The Village Screen at Victoria Baths

The Village Screen Pop-up Cinema returns to Manchester’s Victoria Baths for a long weekend of Christmas classics that includes Home Alone, Elf, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Love, Actually.

Running between 6th and 8th December, the screenings will take place in the ornate surroundings of Manchester’s Edwardian water palace, with the period detailing of the Gala pool providing a uniquely memorable setting.

Each screening will also have a DJ playing Christmas tracks before the film, plus a selection of street food vendors and a pop-up bar, serving a selection of drinks throughout the evening.

Full-price tickets cost between £14.50 and £16.50 (for balcony or pool-level seats).

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We think these are the best Christmas shows in Manchester this year – and how to get tickets

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Lowry-Christmas-Grinch

Our pick of the shows to see in Manchester this Christmas

Everybody loves a panto at Christmas. But there’s more to Christmas than pantos.

Winter is a bumper season for theatre in Manchester, with everything from musicals to family shows and ballet.

Here’s our pick of the bunch to see this Christmas.

Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

Griff Rhys Jones stars as Old Max in this special musical at The Lowry from 10th December to 5th January. He’s joined by 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry as Young Max and Edward Baker-Dury in the title role.

Based on the record-breaking Broadway show, Max the Dog narrates a tale that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas as we follow the grouchy Grinch’s attempts to steal Christmas from the Whos.

Incredible sets based on Dr Seuss’ original illustrations, showstopping tunes and a dollop of whimsy make for a truly special occasion in Salford.

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Circus 1903 is coming to The Lowry with life-sized elephants created by War Horse puppeteers

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Puppet Elephants Lowry

The show promises to transport families to ‘the Golden Age of Circus’

A new circus show is rolling into The Lowry this month promising ‘jaw-dropping acts from across the globe’.

Circus 1903 will include ‘sensational’ life-sized elephants stunningly created by puppeteers from the award-winning War Horse.

Those behind the production, which has Greatest Showman vibes, say it’ll put ‘elephants back in the ring as never before’.

They said: “The circus boasts a huge cast of jaw-dropping and dangerous acts from across the globe including acrobats, contortionists, trapeze and high wire performers, transporting you to the Golden Age of Circus.”

The production is running from Tuesday, November 19 until Sunday, November 24, with daytime and evening performances.

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Peppa Pig’s Live Show Is Coming To Manchester And Your Kids Are Going To Love It

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peppapig live

Peppa Pig and friends are bringing their new live stage adaptation production of Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever to Manchester for all the family to enjoy.

You’re invited to join Peppa Pig on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever

A new Peppa Pig live show packed full of songs, games and laughter, is coming to Opera House Manchester on November 16 and 17.

Get ready for a road trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice-creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Peppa Pig Live, and their hugely successful productions, which have been enjoyed by over 1.5 million in the UK alone. Peppa Pig Live has also toured throughout the US and Australia and played eight consecutive West End Christmas seasons.

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A Fantastic show for all the family Mr Popper’s Penguins is coming to Waterside Arts Trafford

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Mr Popper's Penguins
Mr Popper's Penguins

Mr Popper’s Penguins at Waterside Arts, Manchester, 26 November–31 December 2019, from £12.50

Looking for a family treat to warm the soul this Christmas? Look no further. Smash-hit show, Mr Popper’s Penguins, returns from New York to Manchester at Waterside Arts, brought to you by acclaimed children’s theatre company, Pins & Needles.

With original songs and skilled puppetry, this delightful play is based on the popular book by Richard and Florence Atwater. It was also made in to a Hollywood film in 2011, featuring Jim Carrey.

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. One day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep, a final gift from his late father… He is astounded when he opens it and a penguin waddles out – soon to be followed by five more penguins! The joyful creatures soon win over Mr Popper and help him rebuild his relationship with his family.

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