Even the youngest of children must now be ramping up their excitement for Christmas. There are so many fun family festive events going on throughout the North West, perfect for kids who are getting restless on their Christmas break from school or their local Manchester nursery,
In the Greater Manchester region alone, there are plenty of events for kids, but going a little further away, perhaps combined with visits to granny, there are so many more in the neighbouring counties. Whether you want to visit Father Christmas, see a pantomime, or pet and see animals, here’s plenty of ideas to keep the little ones entertained.
Everyone loves Santa (unless you’re on his naughty list), and you can go visit him all over the region. The chapel at Lyme, Cheshire is magically transformed in to a magical festive wonderland, with Christmas stories, and a gift from the big man himself.
The East Lancashire railway has a Santa special, with a steam train ride from Rawtenstall, and back though the Irwell Valley. Brass bands, carol singers, costumed characters, a magician, Santa and his elves, of course, and The Great Christmas Treasure Hunt at Bury Transport Museum. Further north in Cumbria, the The Lakeside & Haverswaite Railway, and Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway have similar events with Santa. He’s a very busy man!
It’s pantomime season, and there are many shows throughout the region. Jack and the Beanstalk is at Southport Theatre, Snow White at the Manchester Opera House, and The Lowry Theatre in Salford has Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas The Musical. Peter Pan is showing at the Liverpool Empire, and there is a big screen showing of The Snowman at Liverpool Cathedral.
Chester Zoo comes alive at night until December 23rd with The Lanterns. Everyone is given a lantern to carry through nine different illuminated wonderlands, with magical illuminated animals. Magical lights will also guide you through Knowsley Safari Park at night, as well as Santa’s Grotto, festive food, and magical music!
Manchester’s EventCity hosts Winter Funland, complete with Manchester’s largest real ice ice-skating rink, panto, an indoor funfair, and a festive circus! Perfect for those rainy days. Liverpool Ice Festival features a covered outdoor ice-skating rink, ice slide, a fun fair, and food and drink at Pier Head.
The Christmas Markets continue until the 22nd December, in Chester, Liverpool, and Manchester. Stalls selling food, drink, and gifts, from four different continents.
To experience a more traditional Christmas and a step back in time, then visit Speke Hall, for the lavishly decorated house, live music, and Christmas ghost stories! They’re open most weekends, and some Fridays in the run up to Christmas.
Waterside, in Sale, hosts Glisten, an interactive performance for babies aged 6-18 months, for those with children a little too young for some of the bigger festive events.
It’s strongly advised to check ahead of visiting for ticket and booking information, as some of these will be bound to sell out quick!
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