Get in to the Christmas spirit this year with some excellent days and nights out. The festive period isn't just about meeting the big man himself, it is about food, fun and frolics. From thrill-inducing rides to light shows and lanterns, Manchester Mums Group has found the best places in the area to spend time with family.
Dunham Massey’s biggest and brightest Christmas event returns for the second year with plenty more surprises. Experience the garden and historic buildings all aglow for a magical outdoor, after-dark experience.
Wander beneath tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles. New for 2018, the Dunham Massey winter trail is a place where fairy tale meets fantasy. Glowing trees rise high into the night sky and lead you on a path towards hundreds of colour-changing globes. There’ll be hidden surprises too – watch out for bubbles on the bridge before you stroll through playful ribbons of colour-changing lights and stop at the scented fire garden to take in the sights and smells.
Keep an eye out for a glimpse of Father Christmas along the way and complete your stroll under the stars with spiced cider, mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst the aroma of roasting chestnuts* fills the air. Gather round to toast marshmallows* at one of the fire pits, take a ride on the vintage carousel* and enjoy other traditional fares before finishing your Christmas shopping in the shop (*these are available at an extra cost).
When: Friday 30th November until Sunday 30th December (not open Tuesday 4th, 11th or 25th)
Where: Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Price: Adults £16.50, Children aged 5 - 16 £10.00, under 5 free
This Christmas, Chester Zoo is turning into a magical festive wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow! Kick-start your Christmas countdown at The Lanterns, Chester Zoo and give your family precious memories they’ll never forget.
Explore spectacular scenes and experience the zoo in a different (and much more twinkly) light. There will be new fantastical and colourful worlds, full of animal-inspired illuminations and traditional festive scenes that will leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
A colourful oversized Butterfly Garden, Nordic markets, stunning Christmas trees and a magical ice kingdom all come together with everyone's favourite animal lanterns from Christmases gone by. Fill up on tasty festive food and see the brand new pub The Oakfield, finishing off the Christmas-card perfect scene. And remember…..keep an eye out for Father Christmas on his sleigh!
When: Various dates from the 23rd November to the 23rd December
Where: Chester Zoo, Moston Rd, Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1EU
Price: Prices are date dependent, for more information click here
Don your Santa hat, dust off the mulled wine glass, and get into the festive spirit – it’s time to head down to Manchester’s world famous Christmas Market.
Attracting shoppers from all over the UK and beyond, the market has put Manchester city centre firmly on the Christmas map – the Christmas Market has become not just a fabulous place to shop but also a hugely popular leisure destination in its own right. No Mancunian winter is complete without a wander through the chalet-lined streets of the markets.
The Christmas Markets are located in 10 different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere. Manchester’s award-winning Christmas Markets returns this winter offering mouth-watering international food, drinks and delicately crafted Yuletide gifts in the heart of this buzzing city.
When: 9th November to the 22nd December
Where: Various locations throughout the city
The Winter Funland teams have prepared wonderful and incredible surprises for you and all your family on this Christmas 2018 at Event City.
There will be so much for children to do here, including; visiting Santa and his live reindeer in his grotto and ice skating in a huge incredible indoor rink! Here you can check out the exciting circus or perhaps go wild at the amazing funfair. Hundreds of exciting activities await the whole family at the UK’s largest indoor winter wonderland at Event City, UK.
When: 7th December until the 1st January
Where: Event City, Regent Cresent, Stretford, Manchester, M17 8AA
Price: Adults and children over 3 £22.50 (plus £1.50 booking fee), under 3's free
Step inside Santa’s Grotto at Manchester’s Chill Factore and believe in the magic of a white Christmas! This year, you and your little ones can experience a real snow Christmas and marvel at Father Christmas’ Grotto – his home until Christmas Eve. Wonder at the twinkling lights, glistening trees and mischievous elves as you make your way to meet Santa.
There are various packages available, which are age-dependent. For little ones, they get to meet Santa and enjoy Mini Moose Land in one unforgettable festive experience! Perfect for children under four years old, tiny tots can meet Santa in his snowy grotto and then discover the magic of real snow in Mini Moose Land. This ideal experience offers soft play, tunnels and an igloo for little ones to explore.
For the ultimate Christmas experience, choose the Santa and Snow Park package! Perfect for families with children over the age of four, this package includes a Snow Park Pass and a visit to Santa’s Grotto. Children can enjoy a snowy greeting with the man-in-red and then adventure onto the real snow and take part in real ice activities. You won’t be disappointed, it’s the most magical experience around!
When: Every weekend in November (from the 17th) and everyday in December from 1st until Christmas Eve
Where: Chill Factor, 7 Trafford Way, Trafford City, Manchester, M41 7JA
Price: Packages from £11.50