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Tatton Park – please be aware car parking is £5

http://www.tattonpark.org.uk   @tatton_park

For the kids – Father Christmas at the farm – Nov 28/29, Dec 5/6/12/13/19/20 – Meet reindeer and farm animals, festive food and drink, traditional nativity scene, outdoor play trail and den building area, storytelling, reindeer trail (£6 a ticket for adults and children)

For the adults – The Stables restaurant is fully licensed – Hurray! Make a day of it at Tatton with walks, farm, adventure playground, gifts and food

Anything else –

  • Christmas gifts available including experiences, hampers, animal adoption
  • Lantern Parade – 27th Nov at 6pm – for the arrival of Father Christmas (bring any unwanted toys to donate to Manchester Children’s Hospital)
  • Ding Dong Merrily: Tatton’s favourite carols inside the mansion – dates, times and charges vary, check website – each room will have an interpretation of a different carol. Learn Christmas crafts, sparkling displays, live music
  • Variety of Christmas concerts for adults and family – see website for details
  • Gift fair Nov 27/28/29 11-4.30

Wyevale Garden Centres

http://www.wyevalegardencentres.co.uk   @WyevaleGC

For the kids – Breakfast or tea with Father Christmas – 14th Nov – 24th Dec. Meet FC, choose a present, decorate a cookie and have breakfast/ tea. Prices vary – cheaper if booked before 1st Dec

For the adults – Breakfast and tea also available for adults

Anything else –

  • Festive lunch and ice-skating available at some centres
  • Christmas decorations and gift for sale

Trafford Centre Manchester

http://www.intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/events/santa-s-secret-workshop-grotto        @traffordcentre

For the kids – Santa’s Secret Workshop Grotto, Barton Square, 7th Nov – 24th Nov. Become one of Santa’s helpers getting ready for the big day – help make Christmas decorations, help organise the presents, prepare reindeer food to take home and leave out on Christmas Eve. Weave your way through a magical labyrinth and end up meeting FC himself – including option of a family photo. For times and prices see website.

For the adults – It’s the Trafford Centre: shopping, food, shopping, cinema, shopping, bars, shopping…

Anything else – Shopping!

Liverpool 1

http://www.liverppol-one.com/event_profile.aspx?id=20893         @Liverpool_ONE

For the kids – Details of FC to follow, for now see ‘anything else’

For the adults – See ice bar and apres lounge below

Anything else –

  • Biggest Christmas Party EVER 13th Nov – 4pm onwards: music, light show, street entertainment, lights switch-on, street entertainment
  • Ice Festival including ice-rink, ice slide, fairground rides, apres lounge for mulled wine / hot chocolate and ice bar. Tickets needed

Ribby Hall Holiday Village – Winter Wonderland short breaks

http://www.ribbyhall.co.uk/winter/activities-festive.php          @ribbyhall

For the kids – Santa’s Magical Tree House: 21st Nov-24th Dec. Climb the magical staircase and meet the elves and the man himself. Individual present and photo opportunity – tickets must be reserved in advance

For the adults – Ribby Hall has a luxury spa – what better way to relax before Christmas? Adult winter wonderland breaks are available.

Anything else –

  • Winter Wonderland breaks from £279 including access to all outdoor and indoor activities
  • Breakfast with Mrs Claus
  • Family pantomime
  • Mr and Mrs Claus storytime
  • Santa’s story supper time
  • Frozen afternoon tea party
  • Christmas pudding hunt
  • Christmas family movie time
  • Christmas craft and gift fair – 6th Dec

Bents Garden Centre

http://www.bents.co.uk/Bents-Experience/Santa’s-Tea-Parties/RESXMA00101/             @BentsGardenHome

For the kids – Santa’s tea parties from 1st Dec weekdays 4.30-6.30. Festive meal with balloons, party games and a gift – booking is essential

For the adults – Everything you could possibly need by way of decorating for Christmas all under one roof! Plus a selection of reserve wines available

Anything else –

  • 7th Nov – see Santa arrive in style 10am
  • Festive inspiration evenings Nov 11/18/25 Dec 2/9
  • Festive food lovers weekend Nov 14/15
  • Festive family fun weekend Dec 5/6

 

Chester Zoo

http://www.chesterzoo.org        @chesterzoo

  • Lantern magic – you will be invited to stroll around the zoo after dark to enjoy all of the night time sounds, beautiful lantern-lit gardens and magnificent larger than life animal lanterns
  • Father Christmas will be led through the zoo on his sleigh
  • Booking for Christmas supper also available at an additional cost
  • Booking is essential and tickets are selling FAST

The Donkey Sanctuary – Debdale

www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

For the kids – Christmas donkey rides to see Santa in his grotto – see date below

For the adults – Christmas gifts, food and drink – most importantly help a really good cause

Anything else –

  • All taking place on 5th Dec
  • Christmas fair
  • Adopt a donkey for Christmas
  • Raffle and tombola

Gulliver’s World – discounts available online for limited time

http://www.gulliversfun.co.uk/warrington/events/christmas-at-gullivers.htm         @gullymouse

For the kids – Breakfast with Santa including gift after grotto visit

For the adults – Christmas experience for all of the family

Anything else –

  • Fantastic show
  • Santa send-off party 24th Dec
  • Variety of festive packages available – see website for details
  • Elf school
  • Mrs Christmas’ kitchen
  • Festive fireworks
  • NB – some areas of the park will be closed

 

Underwater Street (Water Street Liverpool)

http://www.underwaterstreet.com        @underwaterst

For the kids – Santa’s grotto plus a gift

For the adults – festive food in 5* cafe

Anything else –

  • Plenty of activities for the whole family
  • Celebrity characters to meet and greet
  • Cookie decorating, magical reindeer food, plus lots more
  • Paint your own Christmas decorations
  • Panto parade
  • All of the usual arts, crafts, science shows, design workshops
  • Early booking is recommended

Alton Towers short break (discounts available for bookings before 9th Nov)

www.altontowers.com/book-my-trip/short-breaks/santa-sleepover/          @altontowers

For the kids – visit Santa in his secret hideaway grotto and receive a gift

For the adults – a break away at what can be a very hectic time of year with everything catered for

Anything else –

  • Stay over in the uniquely themed hotel
  • Scrumptious Christmas breakfast and dinner
  • Cinderella pantomime
  • Theme park children’s attractions including CBeebies Land
  • Waterpark
  • Fabulous evening entertainment

Chill Factore –every weekend in Nov and every day in Dec until 24th 

http://www.chillfactore.com/whats-on/christmas/santas-snow-kingdom/            @chill_factore

For kids – FC magical grotto – magnificent castle

For adults – amazing ice cream, bar, food and luge if you fancy a laugh

Anything else –

  • Peppa Pig will be at the Chill Factore on certain dates – check website
  • If you are having a birthday, take advantage of Santa’s snow kingdom parties
  • All visits to Santa include some play time in Snow Kingdom
  • Mini Moose Land for those under 4
  • Snow Park Pass for those over 4

Calderstones Park Mansion, Liverpool

www.thereader.org.uk                 @caldiesicp

For kids – Winter Wonderland Christmas Grotto

For adults – a lovely setting to read with your child – and sample the amazing ice cream

Anything else –

  • Selection of ice cream and winter warmers in Reader Ice Cream Parlour
  • Storybarn
  • Beautiful park and surroundings – adventure playground, Japanese Gardens

Lyme Park

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme-park/            @NTLymePark

For kids – an audience with FC – come and meet him at the beautiful house (6th-20th Dec) Enjoy Christmas trail as part of your ticket so there is no need to queue

For adults – mulled wine, food, mulled wine, beautiful surroundings, mulled wine, long walks, mulled wine

Anything else –

  • Christmas in the courtyard 28th Nov – 20th Dec
  • Christmas lanterns at Lyme 28th Nov – make paper lanterns and join the procession

East Lancs Railway

http://www.quaytickets.com/eastlancsrailway              @eastlancsrly

For kids – meet Santa and his helpers aboard the train – gift included

For adults – mince pie and festive drink

Anything else –

  • An unforgettable family experience
  • Railway comes to life with hundreds of twinkling fairy lights, walk through grotto, beautifully restored carriages, live brass band, Christmas carols and costumed characters
  • Train takes 1.5 hours and starts at Bury

Dobbies Garden Centre Liverpool

http://www.dobbies.com         @dobbies

For the kids – Santa’s grotto – booking now available online. Including special gift and photo opportunities

For adults – Farm foodhall, local butchers shop and restaurant

Anything else –

  • Santa’s arrival 22nd Nov – check with store for times etc
  • Dobbie and friends trail 22nd Nov – check with local store for details and availability
  • Ladies night – pampering session – 26th Nov – check with local store for details and availability
  • Meet Dobbie the tenth reindeer 28th Nov – check with local store for details and availability

Knowsley Safari Park

www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk              @knowsleysafari

For kids – Santa’s grotto including a gift and an option to purchase a framed photo. Only open certain days 0 see website for details

For adults – Peruse the Christmas walkabout area for free and gain entrance to the Safari Park for £10 (up to 7 passengers per car). Make a day of it with lots to see and do for all the family

Anything else –

  • Walkabout Christmas area including experience workshops, treasure hunt, story time
  • Breakfast with Santa 19th/20th Dec including hot breakfast, personalised letter, gift and more

Other dates – Manchester

Jake Quickenden to turn on Stockport lights – Nov 18th

Manchester Christmas Markets will be open Nov 14th

Manchester Christmas lights switch on – Nov 7th

Peter Andre to switch on the Trafford Centre lights- Oct 29th

Manchester Ice Rink will move from Spinningfields to New Bailey from Nov 12th

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