If you're not feeling festive yet (shame on you!) then a visit to the beautiful Bridgewater Hall to hear one of their Christmas concerts will soon get you into holiday mood. The Yuletime programme is in full swing from this weekend onwards, and the offerings range from the tasteful (Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov on Sunday) to the unashamedly twee, such as The Best Christmas Sing-along Ever on Saturday night. (Be honest, I know which one sounds more tempting.)
Highlights over the last few years have seen a selection of (deliberately?) retro guest presenters, from Nicholas Parsons to a grand old British actress who became markedly more unsteady on her feet as the night progressed, perhaps due to enthusiastic consumption of backstage refreshments.
The Halle orchestra are always worth seeing, and this is a great way to imbibe a little culture without too much effort. Full details available at www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk/whatson/index