We’re busy putting together our hugely popular Christmas pages – but some events are already on sale, and sell out fast – so here’s our round up of those Christmas Events for Children and Families in and around East Cheshire which you can book NOW!
They include places to See Santa in Cheshire, The Snowman and some fabulous Christmas light trails!
New events are being released all the time, so keep checking back – and keep an eye on the site for our complete Christmas Whats On Guide (featuring Where to See Santa, Pantomimes, Christmas Fayres and Markets and loads more) which will be coming very soon!!!!
Including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Nearby venues – Chester Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral and Buxton Pavilion Gardens
Make it a Christmas to remember, with a special screening of family favourite The Snowman accompanied by a magnificent live orchestra.
Immerse yourself in this magical award-winning concert, set within the splendour of Chester Cathedral, Liverpool Cathedral or The Octagon at Buxton Pavilion Gardens.
Alongside The Snowman, enjoy We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, based on the bestselling book by Michael Rosen with music by Stuart Hancock. With exquisite hand-drawn animation by Lupus Films – the team behind The Snowman and The Snowdog – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is suitable for all ages, and is guaranteed to enchant with its story of perseverance, optimism and love of nature.
(c) Gareth Widdowson
Suitable for the whole family to enjoy together, it’s the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations, and is sure to create memories to cherish.
These concerts often sell out (there are just a few tickets left at the time of writing) so book soon to avoid missing out on this extraordinary event.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a Lupus Films production in association with Bear Hunt Films and Walker Productions for Channel 4, Universal Pictures and Herrick Entertainment with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA programme of the European Union.
Mother Goose at Biddulph Town Hall and Alsager Civic Hall
The most traditional of Christmas pantomimes, Mother Goose comes to Biddulph Town Hall on Saturday 18th December at 2pm & 4pm, Wednesday 22nd December at 2pm & 4pm & Alsager Civic Hall on Tuesday 21st December at 2pm.
This fabulous, festive production by Lemon Jelly Pantos features a tale of golden eggs, quests for beauty, fairy magic & so much more in a spellbinding egg-stravaganza!
With a multi-talented cast this one hour, laughter packed performance features colourful characters, hilarious comedy, fantastic music, circus acts, lavish costumes & stunning sets. Mother Goose promises to be Lemon Jelly’s funniest and most spectacular pantomime ever! Will fame, fortune and beauty change Mother Goose? Book your tickets now to find out!
Santa will be visiting on December 4th & 5th , 11th & 12th, and from the 18th to 24th from 9.30 to 4 pm daily. Some midweek evening visits may also be announced – TBA.
Bookings will be online only from Monday 4th October and entry will be £12 per person including a visit to Poole’s Cavern, the grotto inside the cavern and presents for each child from Santa himself.
Green Ln, Buxton SK17 9DH
Quarry Bank Santa Visit
Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank!
This event is suitable for children aged 6 months – 5 years – there are special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play sessions.
The sessions include festive storytelling and crafts, a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift.
Weekends throughout December 2021. The baby/toddler sessions take place on Fridays in December. Tickets for both are now on sale.
Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA
Father Christmas at Tatton Park Farm
Father Christmas will be at the Farm with his farmyard friends and magic helpers 27 November – 21 December 2021.
Enjoy a live Nativity, say hello to Dancer the reindeer and take a festive photo in Santa’s sleigh. Then stop off in the Mill to make your own magical reindeer food to sprinkle around on Christmas Eve!
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Christmas at Dunham MAssey
The after-dark illuminated trail through the gardens of Dunham Massey’s returns for its fifth year. The mesmerising trail is hugely popular and at the time of writing there is very limited availability left, so be quick!!
Dunham Massey, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4SJ
Santa Specials, East Lancashire Railway
Take a magical trip through a winter wonderland on one of the Santa Special Trains. The ride is full of family–friendly surprises, magical characters and of course a visit from Santa himself!
2021 Santa Special Train rides run on November 27-28, plus December 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18-24 and tickets are on sale now.
The East Lancashire Railway Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY.
Cockfields North Pole Adventure
A stunning Family Christmas day out you will never forget, the fun starts the moment you arrive and doesn’t stop all day. Includes build a bear, stage show, real reindeer, Santa visit and lots more!!
Cockfields North Pole Adventure runs on selected dates in November and December. There is also a Toddler specific event. Tickets for both are on sale now.
Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR
Santa Sunday Lunch at The Mere Knutsford
Fun filled day with children’s entertainment and visit from Santa and his elves alongside 3-course Sunday Lunch.
5th December 2021 – tickets on sale now
Chester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6LJ
Father Christmas Experience at Wythenshawe Hall
A magical tour of the Hall with a theatrical, interactive, story-telling experience.
Selected dates from 4th December 2021. Tickets now on sale from Sneaky Experience.
Wythenshawe Park, Northenden, Manchester M23 OAB
The Lanterns at Chester Zoo
This hugely popular event sees Chester Zoo transformed into a spectacular wonderland – full of sparkle, illumination and plenty of cheer!
The event runs on Selected dates from Friday 12 November – Thursday 23 December 2021 and tickets are on sale now.
Chester CH2 1EU
Glow 2021 at RHS Bridgewater
In its very first year, Glow at RHS Garden Bridgewater will see the garden sparkle this festive season as you follow dazzling displays lighting a magical trail!
Glow runs on Wednesdays – Saturdays only from 17 November – 18 December 2021 then Mondays – Thursdays only from 20 – 30 December 2021.
Tickets on sale now.
Occupation Rd, Worsley, Manchester M28 2LJ
Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park
As the sun sets, the Foot Safari will come alive with music and light! Think enchanted woodland, animal light trail and toasted marshmallows, all making for perfect festive fun!
Selected dates from 27th November 2021. Tickets are now on sale.
Prescot L34 4AN
Reindeer Lodge Reindeer Safari
Enchanted Winter drive through adventure at the Reindeer Lodge – includes drive-in theatre show, an illuminated lakeside and enchanted woodland lighting trail, hidden Elf village and drive-thru Santa’s Grotto plus lots more.
Open from 27th November 2021 and tickets are on sale now.
Reindeer Lodge, Leeswood, Mold, CH7 4SB
Christmas at the Magic Woodland, Blakemere
Wonder with your family and friends through a Christmas world of pure magic with seasonal music and light features that are bound to fill you with Christmas joy!
26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022. Tickets on sale now.