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Ten top tips for the next ten days in Manchester

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

So the end of the year is getting close, and Christmas and New Year take over, so here are ten things that still count and you've still got time for as we come to the close of 2014.

Christmas Markets - one day extension on Mon Dec 22
You've got one extra day - the markets have been extended throughout Monday due to their popularity, making them an even bigger hit than they were last year!

The Hallé: The Snowman
, Bridgewater Hall, Tue Dec 23, £22
Surely a must-see for everyone this Christmas - the chance to see the glorious animated film with a live soundtrack by our superb orchestra.

Fac 51 The Hacienda, Warehouse Project, Fri Dec 26, £25
Re-live the glory days go The Hacienda with sets from David Morales and more.

Electric Chair, Factory 251, Sat Dec 27, £25
It's the annual end of year riot...

Aeolian Light, The Quays, until Wed Jan 7, free
Stunning light installation in the space between The Lowry and Lowry Outlet Mall, reacts to the wind to create a quite beautiful effect.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, The Lowry, until Sat Jan 10, £30-£44
The National Theatre's massive hit version of the superb novel comes to Salford on the first leg of its tour. Winner of seven Olivier awards.

Little Shop of Horrors, Royal Exchange, until Sat Jan 31, £15-£37
The most fun you'll have in a theatre for some time, this is a perfectly staged and performed version of the great musical with superb effects too.

Shrek, Palace Theatre, until Sun Jan 11, £19.50-£60
Hugely enjoyable musical version of the much loved film with a great cast and special effects bringing the whole thing to life.

Exodus: Gods and Kings, in cinemas
Ridley Scott's biblical epic has had its fair share of controversy, ensuring it made a big splash at the US box office. Now you can see for yourself if the hype is worth it.

Big Eyes, in cinemas 
Could be Tim Burton's strongest for a while if early reviews are to go by. And it stars the wonderful Amy Adams and the equally wonderful Christoph Waltz.