Manchester’s Christmas season will come to a spectacular end with an incredible fireworks display in Albert Square.
Revellers are invited to the family-friendly, alcohol free countdown to 2018 from 10pm, Sunday 31 December.
Last year, thousands of people braved the winter cold to bring in the New Year and this year’s display is set to be the biggest celebration yet.
The event will be held in the shadow of the iconic Manchester Town Hall on Albert Square and a big screen will carry the all-important countdown to midnight – with the fireworks release from the roof of the iconic building at midnight.
During the event, big screens will carry messages and poetry, including Tony Walsh’s “This is the Place”, which was embraced by the city following the Arena attack earlier this year.
Road closures will be in place from 9pm around Albert Square (Princess Street, John Dalton Street and Cross Street closed from 10pm), and all roads will reopen at 1am.
Please note that bag searches will be in operation on entry to this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. We advise you to leave your bags at home in order to minimise delays.
Remember, there are changes to transport services over Christmas and New Year. If you are travelling over the holiday period and using these services you could be affected.
Please visit www.tfgm.com for more information.
Cllr Pat Karney, Manchester’s Christmas spokesperson, said: “Our huge New Year’s party may well hark the end of our Christmas season, but it also brings the excitement of a new year – so no better place to celebrate than Albert’s Square with one of the biggest firework displays going.
“This has been a Christmas to remember with huge numbers visiting the Christmas Markets, families and friends finding their feet on the ice rink at Cathedral Gardens, and money raised for the Big Change fund to support homeless people this winter time.
“It’s been an undeniably rocky year for the city, but Manchester always finds a way. Here’s to 2018.”
Cllr Luthfur Rahman, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “This is one for all the family, so make sure you get everyone together, wrap up warm and come and enjoy the celebrations. See you there.”