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Christmas Events

What’s happening for children this Christmas in and around East Cheshire  (Macclesfield, Knutsford, Congleton, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Poynton, Alderley Edge, Holmes Chapel Prestbury).  

We are adding more events all the time – so keep checking back for details of fantastic local Christmas events for kids in Cheshire!

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Christmas Events

If you’re running a Christmas event and around East Cheshire  and would like to list it with us please get in touch here.

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!

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07906 854269 


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.

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Blakemere Village Yuleville Trail

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Christmas at Castaway

When? Various dates in November/December 2021

Where? Castaway Play Event Area, CW12 3BP

What? Visit the Castaway Alpine Retreat which includes Santa’s Grotto,  make a bear, snowball fights and more.

Cost: £60 for a family of 4

T: 01260 279881

Christmas at Dunham Massey

When? 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022

Where? Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ

What? An after-dark, illuminated trail winds magically through Dunham Massey.

Cost: £13-£27.00


Christmas at Gulliver’s World, Warrington

When? Selected dates between 27th November and 24th December 2021

Where? Shackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ

What? Christmas days out for children in Warrington.  A few different Christmas experiences, all of which feature a journey on the North Pole Express.  Father Christmas will be making special appearances each day. Santa Sleepovers also available.

Cost: Varies depending on experience.

Christmas at Pye Ash Farm

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Christmas at the Magical Woodland at Blakemere Village

When? 26th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022

Where? Chester Rd, Northwich CW8 2EB

What? A magical Christmas experience for children in Cheshire. A walking experience where you embark on a journey through a 15-acre magical woodland with cutting edge light and sound.

Cost: From £14.50

Christmas Carols in the Stableyard at Tatton Park

When? 19 December 2021 3-4pm

Where? Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6QN 

What? Sing-along to Christmas classics and favourites with the King Edward Musical Society Band and choir.

Cost:Free event but £8 vehicle Parkland entry applies (including National Trust members).

Christmas Treasures at Lyme

When?  Friday – Monday,  3 – 24 December 2021

Where? Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR

What? Start your Christmas celebrations at Lyme and see a selection of rooms beautifully transformed in festive splendour.

Explore the traditions and treasures of Christmases past and as you make your way through the house.

Cost: Please check with organiser

Cockfields Farm North Pole Adventure

When? Various dates from 27th November 2021 to Christmas Eve

Where? Cockfields Farm, Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR

What? Meet Santa and enjoy a really magical Christmas Day out near Cheshire. Visit Santa’s Grotto, create you own gingerbread man, meet the Elves, visit the animals, meet the reindeer and more! Toddler specific sessions available.

Cost: Adults From £20.00 Children from £40 Under 1s From £10

T: 0161 331 3322

Dobbies Altrincham – Breakfast with Santa

When? 4, 5, 11, 12, 18-24 December 2021

Where? Green Ln, Timperley, Altrincham WA15 8QP

What? Meet Santa near Cheshire this Christmas. Popular family event which includes breakfast for each followed by fun activities and a gift from Santa.

Cost: From £13.99 per child and £6.99 per adult

Enchanted at Knowsley Safari Park

When? Selected dated from 20th November – 30th December 2021

Where? Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot L34 4AN

What? Popular Christmas Event for Families n Cheshire.Enchanted woodland, animal light trail and festive fairground (extra cost)

Cost: Prices start at £8

T:0151 4309009

Family Christmas Shows at The Lowry

When? Various dates fromNovember 2021 – January 2022

Where? Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ

What? Stick Man (30th November 2021 – 9th January 2022); The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe (8th December 2021 – 15th January 2022); Little Penguin’s First Christmas (18th-31st December 2021)

Cost: Varying

Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

When?Weekends throughout December 2021.   The baby/toddler sessions take place on Fridays in December. Tickets for both are now on sale.

Where?Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA

What?  Meet Father Christmas in Cheshire this year with a visit to Quarry Bank!  This event is suitable for children aged 6 months – 5 years – there are special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play sessions.

Cost: £10

Father Christmas Experience at Wythenshawe Hall

When?Selected dates from 4th December 2021

Where? Wythenshawe Park, Northenden, Manchester M23 OAB

What? A great Christmas Day out for kids near Cheshire.  A magical tour of the Hall with a theatrical, interactive, story-telling experience.

Cost: £10.00 per adult | £15.00 per child

Manchester Opera House Pantomime

When? Sat 11 Dec 2021 – Sun 2 Jan 2022

Where? 3 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HP

What? Aladdin

Cost: From £13 plus booking fee

National Forest Adventured Farm North Pole Adventure

When? Selected dates from 27th November – 24th December 2021

Where? Postern Rd, Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent DE13 9SJ

What? Meet Santa near Cheshire this year in a magical, personalised adventure.

Cost: from £14-£35

Pear Mill Santa

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Percy the Park Keeper’s winter wander trail at Quarry Bank

When? Starts 4 December 2021

Where? Styal Rd, Styal, Wilmslow SK9 4LA

What? Outdoor nature trail for children in Wilmslow this Christmas. Carry out some winter tasks based around helping nature, noticing what’s around, and looking after animals and habitats. You will follow clues and a note from Percy to find lost items and help get the tasks done.

Cost: £2

Reindeer Lodge Drive Through Reindeer Safari

When? Various dates from 27th November – 24th December 2021

Where? Reindeer Lodge Black Meadows Farm, Leeswood, CH7 4SQ

What? Meet Santa near Cheshire this Christmas in a Winter drive-thru adventure at the Reindeer Lodge. Includes theatre show, elf village and visit to Santa in his grotto.

Cost: From £39.50 plus booking fee per car (price dependant on number of people)

Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway

When? 2021 Santa Specials run on November 27-28, plus December 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18-24.

Where? The East Lancashire Railway is located in the heart of Bury

What? Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through a winter wonderland on what has become a firm family favourite for a family Christmas Day out and meeting Santa near Cheshire.

Cost: From £20

Santa Sunday Lunch at The Mere Knutsford

When? 5th December 2021

Where? Chester Road, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6LJ

What? Meet Santa on Cheshire this year at the Mere.  Fun filled day with children’s entertainment and visit from Santa and his elves alongside 3-course Sunday Lunch.

Cost: £36.00 per adult | £24.00 per child

Santa’s Grotto at Poole’s Cavern

When? 4th & 5th , 11th & 12th, and from the 18th to 24th December,ber 2021

Where? Green Ln, Buxton SK17 9DH

What? A magical place to meet Santa near Cheshire this Christmas. Bring your Christmas wishes to Poole’s Cavern this December, meet Father Christmas in his favourite REAL grotto, and explore the beautifully illuminated natural cavern deep beneath the hills of Buxton.

Cost: From £12

Santa’s Poynton Schedule

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Santa’s Route around Macclesfield

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Santa’s Route around Sandbach

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Shrigley Hall Elf Movie Experience

Enjoy a great family experience in Cheshire this Christmas and watch the Christmas classic on the big screen.

19th December 2021 2pm

Cheshire, Macclesfield SK10 5SB

Shrigley Hall Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa

Christmas Event for Families and Children in Cheshire – Enjoy afternoon tea followed by a visit to Santa in his Grotto.

Various dates in November/December 2021.

Cheshire, Macclesfield SK10 5SB

Shrigley Hall Santa’s Sunday Lunch

Festive fun for children in Cheshire. 3 course lunch, festive quiz and fun for the kids. Visit and gift from Santa.

5th and 12th December 2021

Cheshire, Macclesfield SK10 5SB

Tatton Park – Father Christmas at the Farm

When?  Selected dates between 27 November – 21 December 2021

Where? Tatton Park, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG

What? A holiday favourite for meeting Santa in Cheshire – families can see Father Christmas and his elf helpers; enjoy roaming entertainers, live music with festive choirs and brass bands.

Cost: Special event admission price £8 per adult and £8 per child

£7 vehicle entry charge applies to all (including National Trust members).

Tatton Park – One Snowy Night – A Christmas Garden Tale

When?  Open on selected dates between 27 November and 3 January 2022.

The Gardens are open Tuesdays – Sundays 10am – 4pm (3pm). Also open Bank holiday Monday 27 December.

Closed Mondays (except Bank Holiday Monday 27 December and Bank Holiday Monday 3 January 2022) and Christmas Day.

Where? Tatton Park, Mereheath Dr, Knutsford WA16 6SG

What? Lovely day out for children in Cheshire this Christmas. Follow the trail and let the beautiful wintery scenes and tasty treat and gift from Percy the Park Keeper make you feel festive and full of cheer!

Cost: £8 per adult, £8 per child.  Discounts for National Trust Members. £7 vehicle entry charge applies to all (including National Trust members).

The Hayloft Santa Experience

When? 04 Dec 2021, 05 Dec 2021, 11 Dec 2021, 12 Dec 2021, 18 Dec 2021, 19 Dec 2021, 23 Dec 2021, 24 Dec 2021

Where? The Hayloft, Sandy Lane Bold Heath, Great Sankey, Widnes WA8 3XP

What? Meet Santa in Cheshire this Christmas – 50 minute experience

Cost:£16 per child including gift and tractor ride, £5 per adult (14 years +)

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

When? Selected dates from Friday 12 November – Thursday 23 December 2021

Where? Chester Zoo, Chester CH2 4BW

What?  Perfect family Christmas event in Cheshire – the zoo is transformed into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow!

Cost: From £11.00

The Parking Lot Social Winter Festival

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Tittesworth Water Elf Hunt

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Totally Christmas at Shrigley Hall

When? 5th December 2020 – 10th January 2021

Where? Shrigley Hall Hotel and Spa, SK10 5SB

What? A fun, socially-distanced, Christmas themed trail for Children. Complete with a visit to see Santa.

Cost: Cost per bubble depending oil size – start at £25.90 for a bubble of 2.


Weston Christmas Light Display

When? 1-28 December 2020

Where? Carters Green Cottage,, Jack Lane, Weston, Crewe CW2 5LE

What?  If you want to get in to the festive spirit this Christmas, a visit to the Weston Christmas Light Display is an absolute must!

24 yr old, Graham Witter will create a magical #winterwonderland by decking his family home, farm buildings and garden with thousands of Christmas lights to create a magical community spectacular for families and children.

Its slightly different this year – the theme will be ‘Starlit Garden’ – and it will be a completely safe, drive-thru event.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a #festiveicecream and Santa will still be there, but this year he’ll be doing a special ‘Santa Wave’ ever Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.

Cost: Charitable donation