I love Christmas.
The winter chill, warm fires, twinkling lights and family gatherings make it the most wonderful time of year. And what is Christmas without a feel good festive film?
Well, the Magical Christmas Movie Experience has revived the best xmas movies of all time and I was invited to see it for myself.
Housed in Mayfield Depot, an abandoned train station in Manchester (already cool right!), the large brick arches and open space make it the perfect venue for a unique screening
On entry, we were greeted by friendly elves and walked through a wardrobe to find ourselves in a Northern Narnia. Christmas trees, a sprinkling of snow and igloo tunnel of lights transported us into the season, whilst a youthful choir filled the station with seasonal songs.
Magical is the word to insert here. If it doesn’t get you in the Christmas mood, I’m afraid you’re dead inside.
As I rushed from work, I was glad to see various food stations ready and waiting to serve my hanger. Chinese buns, burgers, hot dogs and donuts were all up for grabs. I had aubergine bao with salt and pepper chips. YUMMY. Unfortunately, this was the only vegetarian option of all the trucks, which was a shame.
I was properly excited by the drinks menu as it had everything from boozy cocktails to Guinness and of course hot chocolate. I opted for a baileys hot chocolate and mud slider, which had vodka, baileys, gin and chocolate milk. ERM YES PLEASE.
The screening chamber itself was gigantic. Wooden tables lined the room and projections cast orange hues on the walls. We sat right at the back and still had an amazing view. It was surprisingly toasty in there, however I was thankful for the blankets as the plastic chair was very cold on my booty.
Which Christmas film did we opt for?
It’s my fella’s favourite. Die Hard.
Yes I know, it is controversial but you can’t deny it is set at xmas and has some of the most memorable festive quotes of all time. “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho” If you’re interested, I am a fan of Krampus! The main thing missing from the film was subtitles. I watch everything with them, I think I need my ears checking tbh, and it would make it more accessible for those deaf or hard of hearing.
So basically, the Magical Christmas Movie Experience is just that. It’s a night full of Christmas spirit and a truly impressive place to see your favourite festive film.
Tickets are £14.99 and various indoor screenings, from Home Alone to The Holiday, run until the 16th December.
What is your favourite christmas flick and why? Let me know in the comments below.