Wrap up warm. Winter has truly arrived and tis the season to be merry. The skies are sparkling with twinkling lights, airwaves are buzzing with Christmas songs and there are festive occasions popping up all over the place.Here’s your guide to the best cosy gatherings, events and things to do on the Isle of Man this December.

1 Dec – An Evening of Indulgence

Where: The Tea Junction | When: 7pm-10pm | Cost: £35ppStart your December with an evening of indulgence at The Tea Junction. The sensational six course food and cocktail pairing will delight and stimulate your taste buds.The intimate and relaxed setting ensures you’ll enjoy a memorable experience while you sample a section of home-infused gin based cocktails and other popular spirits. These will be loving paired with a delicious range of food made from local produce.Find out more here.

1 Dec – Chai Night

Where:  Mother T’s | When: 7pm-11pm | Cost: £10 special offer available Mother T’s in Laxey would like to invite you to enjoy some traditional chai using the finest of spices, in a space where you can share stories and ideas, bring your instruments and sketch pads, and just make new friends.Their £10 special offer includes unlimited hot drinks, a bowl of vegetarian food and something sweet to finish!Find out more here.

2 Dec – Santa’s Grotto

Where: The Strand Shopping Centre | When: 10am-4pm | Cost: £4Santa Clause is coming to town! For a taste of Christmas and an exciting day out for all the family, come and meet Santa in The Strand Shopping Centre along with a variety of Christmas Market Stalls.Indulge in the festive shopping experience on the upper level of The Strand and for just £4 you can meet Santa himself (between 12pm – 4pm). Children will receive a gift from Santa and are able to participate in crafts whilst waiting to meet him and his elves.Find out more here.

2 Dec – Christmas Market and Lights Switch On

Where: Market Place, Peel | When: 2pm-8pm | Cost: FreeGet into the festive spirit with a Christmas Market in Peel, followed by the appearance of Santa. There will be seasonal music from Crosby Silver Band and a hot chestnut stall to flood your senses with the ultimate Christmas sounds, sights and tastes.The big switch on of the lights is scheduled for 4:30pm so make sure you stick around to see Peel’s charming streets being lit up.Find out more here.

3 Dec – It’s all chips, cheese and gravy baby

Where: Barracks Sqaure, Castletown | When: 12pm-3pm | Cost: £8 a pizzaJoin the Secret Pizza Co. in the b-e-a-utiful Castletown on Sunday 3rd December to grab the Manxest pizza ever seen!Chips, cheese and gravy pizza…featuring vintage Manx Cheddar, homemade veggie gravy and the finest Manx chippy chips.Simply book your time slot and then pay on collection but do it quick so you don’t miss out on this magnificent creation!Find out more here.

5 Dec – The Nutcracker: Royal Ballet Live

Where: King Court’s Theatre | When: 7pm-10pm | Cost: £15 for adults, £6 for under 18’sIt wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to watch The Nutcracker. Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of the famous ballet. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, it is the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.The live screening takes place at King Court’s Theatre at King William’s College in Castletown.Find out more here.

6 Dec – Love Tech Mother and Daughter Workshop

Where: Circular Road, Douglas | When: 5.45pm-7pm | Cost: FreeWould you like to encourage your daughter to embrace science and technology? Then come along to a free mother and daughter workshop taking place at Microgaming’s office on Circular Road.Love Tech was formed to create exciting and innovative tech learning experiences to encourage females to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This workshop is suitable for primary school aged girls (4 – 11) who want to take part in a creative programming experience.Find out more here.

6-24 Dec – Speakeasy Cinema Christmas Movies

Where: Bath & Bottle | When: 8pm | Cost: FreeIt’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with the films being shown at the Bath & Bottle. Some of the nation’s favourite festive films are being shown at their very own cinema on Wednesday evenings throughout December.Entry is free and you’ll be given popcorn and cosy blankets to keep you warm and fed throughout the movie. From Elf to Love Actually, you’re sure to find one of your favourites on the list. Make sure you book in advance.Find out more here.

9-10 Dec – Manx Christmas Food & Craft Market

Where: Douglas| When: 10am – 5pm | Cost: FreeThe Manx Food & Craft Market will be back again this year starting on Marina Road (outside Sam Webbs) and running down through Castle Street and along Granville Street.The Market will consist of all local food and crafters offering a range of stocking fillers, gifts and treats for Christmas. While browsing, you can indulge in a variety of Manx made street food from around the world – both sweet and savoury options on offer.Find out more here.

17 Dec – Christmas Carols with Ramsey Town Band

Where: Ramsey| When: 7pm – 8pm | Cost: FreeThe Church on the Rock – a growing church in the heart of Ramsey – is hosting their annual Christmas Carols event.You can enjoy carols, candlelight, mulled wine and mince pies, as well as music from Ramsey Town Band. The traditional festive event is free of charge and is open to all.Find out more here.

21Dec-4 Jan – Christmas Panto: Aladdin

Where: Gaiety Theatre | When: 7pm | Cost: £18 adults, £15 under 16’sDreamstar IOM Productions proudly presents the biggest theatrical event of the year…the Christmas Panto! It wouldn’t be Christmas without a pantomime. Oh no it wouldn’t…Experience a fantastic and magical adventure with Aladdin at the Gaiety Theatre this Christmas.Full of laughs, pantomime antics, and catchy tunes, it gives you that warm, fuzzy, festive feeling that can be enjoyed all the family.Find out more here.

23 Dec – Christmas Festive Parkrun

Where: Nobles park | When: 9am-11am | Cost: FreeJust because Christmas is around the corner, doesn’t mean you have to turn into a couch potato! If you fancy doing something active over the festive season, why not come along to a park run?Organised entirely by volunteers and open to all ages and abilities, the free 5k walk/jog/run begins at 9am on Saturday morning. As it’s the last one before Christmas, make sure you come dressed up in your festive finery. There’s even a naughty treat of Christmas cakes and mince pies afterwards. (The calories won’t count after a run!)Find out more here.

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