Event Diary

Important events

Christmas Grotto at The Trafford Centre, Various Times, on 03 November 2014 - 24 December 2014

This Christmas join The SnowmanTM and The Snowdog at intu Trafford Centre for our most magical Christmas yet.

For the first time ever, exclusive to intu Trafford Centre, Britain’s only The Snowman and The Snowdog Christmas Grotto will open in Barton Square, complete with an experiential The Snowman and The Snowdog film sequence, gifts and activities, surrounded by all sorts of other festive fun and entertainment.

Plus we’ll be celebrating the start of a very magical Christmas on Saturday 8 November with A Day of Christmas Magic.

Advance booking for the Grotto is available at bookfatherchristmas.co.uk/intutrafford


Spinningfields Ice Rink, Manchester. Various Times, on 06 November 2014 - 04 January 2015
Back for another year the Spinningfields Ice rink, a perfect family attraction this Christmas. The family focused sessions are the first three sessions of the day when all the skating penguins are on the ice and the staff will also provide hands on assistance. There is no separate kiddies rink due to space restrictions at Mancheste Ice Rink, however they do provide skates for all ages and they have got great skating aids! Manchester Ice Rink welcomes all ages and ability of skaters, whether you’re a pro or a first timer, you will be sure to enjoy the experience in this stunning Manchester City Centre location. The 525sqm of real ice rink is one of the largest rinks in the Greater Manchester area and can hold up to 220 skaters. Sessions last for 1 hour – this includes time to get your skates on too so you can expect to have 50 minutes on the ice. We advise that skaters arrive 15 to 20 minutes before their session at the skate exchange. See here for tickets pricing and opening times. Also more details here for food, parking and disability access.

Christmas at Barton Square, Trafford Centre. Various Times, on 10 November 2014 - 04 December 2014

Head to Barton Square at the Trafford Centre for lots of christmas excitement with festive food stalls and the traditional victorian carousel, lots of family fun. Get your fill of delicious festive fare in Barton Square, take your pick from tasty treats, traditional gifts and mulled wine. Also back by popular demand this Christmas our beautiful Victorian Carousel in Barton Square.  It’s a real treat for children of all ages. £2 per ride.

See here for Carousel & Festive food stalls opening times.


Selfridges Ice Rink, Trafford Centre, Various Opening Times, on 13 November 2014 - 04 January 2015
We are fast approaching that time of year once more and we've heard the great news that the Selfridges Ice Rink will be back at the Trafford Centre this year. It is always a very busy attraction enjoyed by people of all ages, so why not take advantage of the booking system and make sure no ones left disappointed. It's a perfect family activity to help get everyone in the christmas spirit! The Selfridges Ice Rink, which holds 120 skaters, is truly a winter wonderland taking its cue from Selfridges' Christmas 'Storytelling' theme featuring rich forest greens and sparkling gold bringing the magic of enchantment and fairy tales to life. The bespoke covered ice rink guarantees a great skate whatever the weather while the hot drinks will ensure everyone stays warm and cosy. Open from 13 November to 04 January, the all-new covered ice rink is ideal for professionals and novices alike. With Christmas lights, music and trained ice marshals for if you need a few skating tips, we've got everything set for you to enjoy an unabashedly festive day out. After leaving the ice, celebrate your skills – or calm your nerves – with a warm drink and festive treat: the perfect place to enjoy this wonderful Christmas spectacle.  

Manchester Christmas Markets, various Times, on 14 November 2014 - 21 December 2014
The Manchester Christmas Markets are back! These are a great day out whether you love a yummy bratwurst, Warm Mulled Wine or a browse through the stalls there is something for everyone and its the perfect way to really enjoy the Christmas spirit! The array of over 300 stalls is mind-boggling, with mouthwatering delicacies from all over Europe. The choice is getting bigger and bigger and includes gifts, crafts, jewellery, clothes, toys and an array of food and drink. Treat yourself to anything from Dutch mini pancakes, to Hungarian goulash to Spanish paella to French profiteroles. Relax with a hot chocolate, German or Spanish beer, or French wine. The Christmas Markets are located in different spaces around the city, each with its own distinct character and atmosphere: Albert Square | Brazennose Street | St Ann's Square | Exchange Street | New Cathedral Street | The Corn Exchange | Corporation Street. The stalls at each location will open at 10am. Closing times will be 7.30pm in November and 8pm in December, with the bars at each of these locations open until 9pm. Albert Square will be the exception to this rule, and will be open from 10am to 9pm every day for the duration of the market season.  

Santa's Grotto at Manchester Arndale, Various Times, on 20 November 2014 - 24 December 2014
Santa will be waiting to greet you in his fabulous Manchester Arndale Christmas Tree Star Grotto this Christmas so make sure you don’t delay in seeing the main man from Thursday 20 November. Make sure you put your request to Santa when he sets up in his Christmas Tree Star Grotto adjacent to Build-a-Bear Workshop in Halle Square.  Book online to see Santa from just £4.50 per child (plus booking fee).

The Nutcracker Mansion, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 25 November 2014 - 07 December 2014
Head to Tatton Park this christmas for the wonderful Nutcracker Mansion. The Nutcracker has been superbly brought to life with the help of Spring Bank Flowers Design and Tatton’s in-house florist team. In keeping with tradition the Christmas mansion will be decked with beautiful natural material from the parkland and gardens and a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist and choirs will entertain. The Christmas mansion is open Tuesday 25th November - Sunday 7th December (closed Monday 1st December) and Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December and Friday 19th - Sunday 21st December : 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Adult £9, Child £5.

Car entry charge of £5 applies. Mansion entry prices apply to NT members.

For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or visit our website at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk


The Wilmslow Tree Festival at St Bartholomews, on 28 November 2014 - 30 November 2014

This year St. Bartholomew's Church with be hosting The Wilmslow Tree Festival. Now in its 9th year local schools, businesses and organisations are invited to decorate a tree with their own theme.They are then diplayed along side all the others that are taking part. Its on Friday, 28th Nov, 2014 to Sunday, 30th Nov, 2014 Friday 28th November: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm  followed by "Strings and Brass" with the Academy of St. Peter's, Hale and the Brass Section of the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, 7.30 pm, Ticket Price £10.00 Saturday 29th November: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm  followed by The Manchester Gospel Choir, 7.30 pm. Ticket Price £10.00 Sunday 30th November: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm  followed by Christmas Carol Sing-a-long with the St. Bartholomew's Church Choir and featuring the Chelford Handbell Ringers, 4.00-5.30pm Admission to see the festival: £2.00 Children under 12: no charge , refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies will be available at all three concerts Concert tickets available from Jonathan Meadmore (01625 549196), Joel Millett (01625 525409), Kathleen Ridings (01625 522094), Yvonne Warren (01625 530134) and Wilmslow Parish Hall (01625 520309) or please email jjmeadmore@yahoo.co.uk.

Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
This months focus is 'Things That Move' - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Magic Carpet, Manchester Museum. Various Times, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
Sessions held at 10.30-11.30 & 11.30-12.30. Must be booked. Story making and activity sessions. For toddlers up to 5yrs and their families/carers (Young babies welcome with older siblings). Price: Book on 0161 275 2648 (from a week before from 2pm), free, under 5s and their families/carers

Tatton's Christmas Gift Fair, Tatton Park. See Times Below, on 28 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Opening Times - Friday 12pm - 7.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4.30pm Tatton's Gift Fair features innovative and unusual present ideas for friends and family. It is held in the Tenants' Hall adjacent to the Mansion and admission is free. This is part of Tatton's Christmas season which is centred round the mansion which is themed this year on The Nutcracker. Opening on Tuesday 25th November, the Nutcracker Mansion features scenes and characters from the ballet, there will be classical music to enjoy plus baking and decoration demonstrations.

THE FC (FATHER CHRISTMAS) GROTTO! National Football Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 28 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Get ready to take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum, where Santa’s squad are getting ready for Christmas. Kids will have the chance to meet the big man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season! There’ll be chance to take your own photos and every child who meets Father Christmas will be given a gift to take home. Entrance to the FC Grotto is £5 per child. Suggested age range for children attending is 3-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge). Tickets will not be available in advance, please speak to staff during your visit about availabilty and likely waiting times.

Hamleys 1st Birthday Party! Trafford Centre. 1200 - 1900, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
One year ago Manchester welcomed The Finest Toy Shop in the World into its magnificent city! Hamleys will be celebrating their 1st birthday at INTU Trafford Centre this November in style! Come along and join in the fun, magic and theatre at your Hamleys store. Enjoy FREE cupcakes while dancing to all of your favourite songs played by DJ Hattie! The Hamleys entertainers will be playing lots of fun games all day and giving out spot prizes to some lucky guests. You can even take part in a keep-fit class with Hamley bear as he shows you how to use the all new LeapTV and LeapBand! Make sure you don’t miss out on this FREE event!

Get Active with Leapfrog at Hamleys! 1400 - 1800, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
Have a go on the amazing new LeapBand. Can you beat Hamley Bear at kangaroo jumps? How about helicopter spins? Find out on Friday 28th November from 2 – 6pm. To get you warmed up he’ll be leading his very own keep-fit class! And if that isn’t enough you can jump, dance, hop and karate chop your way through the evening with the amazing new LeapTV; the games console designed especially for kids like you! There a prizes to give away for the most Active LeapFrog fans! Medals, Goody Bags and 4 lucky winners will walk away with their very own LeapBand!

Decorate the Courtyard for Christmas, Lyme Park. 1800 - 1930, on 28 November 2014 - 28 November 2014
This is always an exciting, fun family event - Father Christmas arrives at Tatton Park during a beautiful lantern parade-enjoy the glow and atmosphere of this wonderful welcome. The Gift Fair, shops and restaurant will be open for seasonal shopping and dining until 7:30pm. For further information about the lantern parade please call Bridget Roberts on 01625 374405. For Further details about the parade please see here.

Wilmslow Prep School Christmas Fair 11.00-14.00, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
Our Christmas Fair is quickly approaching. It is taking place on Saturday, November 29th from 11am-2pm. All are welcome! There will lots of activities and stalls for both parents and children including: Local Stallholders selling bespoke Christmas gifts Santa’s Grotto Toy Bola Lucky Dip Hamper Raffle Bottle Bola Homemade cakes Chocolate Bola Children's Raffle For more info go to the school website

Santa Specials At East Lancashire Railway, 0900-1700, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Kick off your Christmas holiday in style with the East Lancashire Railway’s incredibly popular Santa Specials starting on weekend 29th-30th November! Soak up the magical atmosphere at this event which has become an annual tradition for many families in the North West. Let the steam train take you on a journey through a winter wonderland along, passing through beautifully decorated stations. Santa and his helpers will be onboard handing out gifts to children and a mince pie and festive tipple to the grownups. Visit http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk  or call 0161 764 7790 for more information and to book tickets. Tickets must be pre-booked. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys Manchester! Trafford Centre. Various Times, on 29 November 2014 - 24 December 2014
Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves at The Finest Toy Shop in the World! for fun, magic and theatre at this very special time of year. I Met Father Christmas at Hamleys! is an extra special experience where children will enjoy up to 1 hour with Father Christmas, take part in seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks and receive a special gift bag from Father Christmas to take home. During this group session each little guest will hear magical stories of Christmas, sing festive songs, enjoy Christmas games and activities, write their own Christmas wish list and have a special chat with Father Christmas himself all surrounded by the finest toys in the world! Find out more here.

Berlin Wall, Imperial War Museum. 1000 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Saturdays & Sundays between 15 - 30 November Discover tales of bravery in interactive storytelling sessions Oskar's Journey. Be inspired by the artistic expression and messages of unity created by those who left their mark on the Berlin Wall. Drop in to a craft activity to create your own messages and graffiti style artwork.

Santa's Snow Grotto at the Chill Factore, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Santa will be settling into his new home on the snow from the 8th November; he will then be here every weekend throughout November and everyday in December... Right up until the evening of Christmas Eve. After all, Santa is in for a very busy night that night.... All visits to Santa will be combined with some play time in the snow, which is bound to really get your children into the festive feel and they can thrill in their very own winter wonderland. For more Information see here,

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Adult £6, Child £5. Car entry charge £5. Prices apply to NT members

For Further details about the event please see here.


Christmas at Speke Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 29 November 2014 - 30 November 2014

Speke Hall in Liverpool is turning back the clock for Victorian themed Christmas weekends on 29/30 Nov, 6/7 & 13/14 December. This ancient Hall will be decorated in the rich greenery of holly and ivy so beloved of the Victorians, together with a huge Christmas tree in the Tudor Great Hall. Father Christmas will be visiting and there are Christmas craft activities for children.

Open 11am-4pm. £3 to visit Father Christmas. More Information: Property Office, 0151 427 7231, spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk Normal admission charges apply.

For further event details see here.


Deer Club, Lyme Park. 1130 - 1230, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer. The first rule of deer club is' always talk about deer club. The second rule of deer club is' don't forget your wellies! What are antlers made of? What do deer eat and why do they fight? Experience Lyme's ancient herd of fallow deer and discover much more. Vehicle charge applies. NT Members free.

Ashdene Christmas Fair 2014 , 11.30 -14.30, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
Hot Turkey rolls with all the trimmings… Mulled Wine and mince pies… Hear angels sing… a performance from Ashdene Choir…  (at 12.30) Visit Santa’s Magical Grotto… Win an exclusive Raffle Prize: Porsche race track experience, Kindle Fire HD, Chocolate Fountain, Ist Class rail tickets, a Mini for the weekend, a Harvey Nichols hamper, plus many many more…. Stalls: Christmas Craft, Chocolate tombola, ‘Great Ashdene Cake Bake’, Bottle Tombola, Tuck ‘n’ Tat, Smellies, Jam Jars…. Plus the Games Room : ‘Wack-a-pudding’, Buzzer stand, tin can alley, bran tub… Everyone welcome for this community event 11.30 - 14.30  

The Ryleys School Christmas Fair 12.00-16.00, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
It's almost the most wonderful time of the year! Preperations for the Ryleys Christmas Fair are in full swing, so here's a taster of what you can expect....Step into the the Ryleys Winter Wonderland and let us ease you into the festive spirit.  Promising you a magical afternoon of fun and games, mixed with some amazing stalls to inspire you with gifts for your loved ones, the Ryleys Winter Wonderland Christmas Fair is not to missed! Support fellow parents and friends of the school as they showcase some inspiring products including Mrs Muamba's Caribbean Sauces, Pre-Loved Cheshire, Every day Sugar and many more. The Ryley's Christmas Fair is the perfect pre-Christmas day out for all the family. With activities planned for all ages. You won't want to miss out on the fabulous games planned for the day. The kids will be invited to join in by playing  'Pin the nose on Rudolph', 'Snowball Scavenge' 'Decorate a Christmas Tea Light' and lots more.

Wilmslows Santa Dash, 14.00, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
Wilmslows Santa Dash is a festive fun family event over a 3.5km course at The Carrs Park. For more details about this event and how to register follow this link here  

Wilmslow Christmas Light Switch On from 16.00, on 29 November 2014 - 29 November 2014
Wilmslow Town Council has decided to make a number of changes to the Christmas lights switch on this year, for a start it will be on a Saturday . The reindeer parade will be earlier and there will be a shorter interval between the arrival of the reindeers and the switching on of the lights, more entertainment during the day and the Santa Dash.. The raindeers will arrive at 16.00 outside Costa Coffee, they will then head up to the Coach and Four then back through Wilmslow into Grove Street finishing at Bank Square. The lights are estimated to be switched on at 16.45 at Bank Square    

Knutsford Santa Dash in aid of British Red Cross, on 30 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
On Sunday 30 November we are hosting the first British Red Cross Knutsford Santa Dash on The Moor, It’s a very family friendly event, with all ages and abilities welcome. It’s two laps of a small section of the Moor and participants can choose to run, walk, jog, skip…….Adult places are £10 and under 11’s are £5, with under 5’s going free. Everyone gets a full five-piece Santa suit to wear as they take part, plus a medal at the end. When people sign up they get a jam-packed fundraising pack, plus their own online fundraising page, to try and help them raise a target of £50 per person/£100 for families. The money raised will really help the local British Red Cross and as it’s the same day as the Christmas markets, it’s a really lovely festive day for everyone! Lots of retailers are offering deals for dashers who go into stores with their hats/suits still on aswell. Registration and more info is via our website at www.redcross.org.uk/santaknutsford,

Match, The Lowry. 1300 and 1500, on 30 November 2014 - 30 November 2014
Head to The Lowry for a heart-warming, magical and life affirming tale for all the family. Experience beautifully inventive storytelling, puppetry, song and live music in this spellbinding production. Incredibly uplifting and raw, playful and tender, Match is pure delight for younger audiences.

Santa's Snow Grotto at the Chill Factore, on 01 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Santa will be settling into his new home on the snow from the 8th November; he will then be here every weekend throughout November and everyday in December... Right up until the evening of Christmas Eve. After all, Santa is in for a very busy night that night.... All visits to Santa will be combined with some play time in the snow, which is bound to really get your children into the festive feel and they can thrill in their very own winter wonderland. For more information about a visit to Santa in the snow see here.

Poynton Christmas Fest, Park Lane & Civic Centre 19.00-21.00, on 02 December 2014 - 02 December 2014
Poynton’s 8th annual Christmas Fest promises to be even bigger than the last. Luis Troyano, Poynton resident and runner up in the ‘Great British Bake Off’ will be the official opening the event. The main stretch of Park Lane will be closed to traffic between 7pm and 9pm. Late night shopping, street entertainers, fireworks, charity stalls, Father Christmas. See here for full details. For further information contact Susan Warrington on 01625 874823 or e-mail s.warrington@uwclub.net

Styal Primary School Christmas Fair 15.30 - 17.30, on 04 December 2014 - 04 December 2014
Calling all Frozen fans! Come and meet Olaf, have a professional photo taken and dance with him at Styal Primary School Christmas Fair. There will also be Homemade by Hilly, Christmas gifts, tearoom, Mulled wine and Christmas crafts as well as games and a Santa's Grotto.  All at very reasonable prices.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo, 1600 - 2000, on 04 December 2014 - 07 December 2014

The Magical Lantern Experience is a trail to a spectacular animal lantern display where you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say ‘hello’ to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo with our friendly festive characters.. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.


Baby Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery, Various Times, on 05 December 2014 - 05 December 2014
Baby Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery - Use all your senses to explore our artist's space. For babies who aren't walking yet, with an adult carer. Free with limited space, Please book a week in advance: Tel: 0161 235 8888. There are four sessions to choose from: 10.15-11am, 11.30-12.15pm, 1.15-2pm, 2.30-3.15pm

Nether Alderley Primary School Annual Christmas Fair, 15.30-18.30, on 05 December 2014 - 05 December 2014
The annual Christmas Fair and popular  fundraiser is taking place at Nether Alderley Primary School Feel free to come and join us for a great selection of trade and school stalls, tombolas, festive food, mulled wine, music, craft activities and Santa’s Grotto – in addition to the Grand Raffle! The event is open to all in the community and entry is free. If you would like to donate a prize for the grand raffle or you would like to arrange a stall at the Christmas Fair, please contact the school.

Santa Specials At East Lancashire Railway, 0900-1700, on 06 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Kick off your Christmas holiday in style with the East Lancashire Railway’s incredibly popular Santa Specials running from 6th-24th December! Soak up the magical atmosphere at this event which has become an annual tradition for many families in the North West. Let the steam train take you on a journey through a winter wonderland along, passing through beautifully decorated stations. Santa and his helpers will be onboard handing out gifts to children and a mince pie and festive tipple to the grownups. Visit http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk  or call 0161 764 7790 for more information and to book tickets. Tickets must be pre-booked. Book early to avoid disappointment.

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

House Detectives on the loose, Wordsworth House 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Delve into the nooks and crannies of this amazing home and garden with the help of a family explorer bag. Booking Not Needed. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Assistance Dogs only are welcome. Children welcome. Disabled and wheelchair access to first floor of house and cafe (lift available) and garden and shop. Address - Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX Find out more here - http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wordsworth-house/visitor-information/

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank. 1100 - 1500, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Adult £6, Child £5. Car entry charge £5. Prices apply to NT members

For Further details about the event please see here.


THE FC (FATHER CHRISTMAS) GROTTO! National Football Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Get ready to take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum, where Santa’s squad are getting ready for Christmas. Kids will have the chance to meet the big man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season! There’ll be chance to take your own photos and every child who meets Father Christmas will be given a gift to take home. Entrance to the FC Grotto is £5 per child. Suggested age range for children attending is 3-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge). Tickets will not be available in advance, please speak to staff during your visit about availability and likely waiting times.

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank Mill. 1100 - 1500, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie. Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park, Various Times, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014

Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

Christmas at Speke Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014

Speke Hall in Liverpool is turning back the clock for Victorian themed Christmas weekends on 29/30 Nov, 6/7 & 13/14 December. This ancient Hall will be decorated in the rich greenery of holly and ivy so beloved of the Victorians, together with a huge Christmas tree in the Tudor Great Hall. Father Christmas will be visiting and there are Christmas craft activities for children.

Open 11am-4pm. £3 to visit Father Christmas. More Information: Property Office, 0151 427 7231, spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk Normal admission charges apply.

For further event details see here.


Christmas at Rufford Old Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014

Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire is offering  ‘A Magical Christmas’ on  weekends 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 December.  Staff and volunteers will be donning Victorian costume, whilst a huge musical organ and Punch & Judy will be entertaining visitors in the courtyard, decked with Christmas lights.

For the first time there’ll be donkey rides for younger visitors (20 – 21 Dec), Father Christmas will be visiting with his sleigh each weekend, and you can try making origami Christmas trees and Christmas cards to take home. Sit and listen to a special Peter Rabbit Christmas story and a Lancashire Christmas Tale or follow Rufford’s special Christmas trail around the garden.

Normal admission charge applies, and it is £4 visit to Father Christmas (includes gift)

All the rooms in Rufford Old Hall (bar the sitting room) will be open for the first time over the three festive weekends, and you can see what kind of food our Victorian  and Tudor ancestors would have celebrated Christmas with – as well as enjoying some 21st century festive delights in the team room!

For information on visiting times, prices and contact details please see here.

More Information: Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254, ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk


Christmas at Little Moreton Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 06 December 2014 - 07 December 2014

Step back in time to a traditional Wassail welcome as you arrive at 16th century Little Moreton Hall for Yuletide celebrations. We have live period music and Tudor decorations in the Great Hall, a brilliant 16th century jester who will amaze with his dexterity and juggling skills; Yuletide tales will be spun by our storyteller and children can try their hand at Christmas crafts. The Tudors loved their food and Yuletide is no exception: a feast of festive food will be laid out on the table in the Great Hall, whilst you can enjoy 21st century seasonal food in the form of home made mince pies; cakes, hot chocolate and other festive goodies in Mrs Dale’s Pantry.

Little Moreton Hall, Nr Congleton - ‘Yuletide Celebrations’ More Information: 01260 272018, littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Normal admission charges apply, for further information about the events please see here.


Baby Saturday at Manchester Art Gallery, 1300 - 1500, on 06 December 2014 - 06 December 2014
Use all your senses to explore our artist's space. For babies who aren't walking yet, with an adult or carer. Free with limited space, Please book a week in advance: Tel: 0161 235 8888.

Raglan Rd Preschool & Playgroup Christmas Fair, The Scout Hut, Raglan Rd, Sale, M33 4AW, 1300-1500, on 07 December 2014 - 07 December 2014
Father Christmas will be arriving by train to open the fair and will greet children in his Grotto.  There will also be games, crafts, stalls and of course our fantastic raffle.  50p entrance includes a drink and mince pie.  Bring the whole family!

Slavas Snowshow, The Lowry. Various Times, on 09 December 2014 - 13 December 2014
Here's another fantastic show at The Lowry especially for Christmas - Don’t miss the show that’s been delighting and exhilarating theatregoers around the world. Slava’s Snowshow introduces a joyous dream-like world, unlike anything you have ever seen;  a world in which a cobweb envelops the audience and one tiny piece of paper begins a heart-stopping blizzard of snow.

Beeing Special, People's History Museum. 1100 - 1200, on 09 December 2014 - 09 December 2014
Meet Little Bee, the bee who wants to be different.  Join in the busy bee dance, search for flowers in the museum and follow Little Bee’s adventure to find out how he becomes the hero of Victorian Manchester.  Why not tweet a photo of your finished creation to us at @PHMMcr. Family Friendly activity suitable for under 5s and their grown ups. Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation. Suggested donation £3

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo, 1600 - 2000, on 11 December 2014 - 14 December 2014

The Magical Lantern Experience is a trail to a spectacular animal lantern display where you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say ‘hello’ to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo with our friendly festive characters.. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.


Experitots, MOSI. 1000 - 1130, on 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
This months focus is 'Celebrations' - These popular creative activity sessions for under 6s use puppets and storytelling to help toddlers get the most out of our hands on science gallery, Experiment! *£3 for one adult + one child *£2 for each additional adult / child Advanced booking is recommended. To reserve your place call our learning team on 0161 833 0027 / 0161 606 0156 or email education@mosi.org.uk.

Mini Art Club at Manchester Art Gallery, 1015 - 1115, on 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
Get to know the artworks, investigate materials and make friends in our artist led workshops. For families with children ages 1-4. Free with limited space, Please book a week in advance: Tel: 0161 235 8888.

James & the Giant Peach, Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, M33 7ZF, various times, on 12 December 2014 - 03 January 2015
James Trotter’s Mum and Dad were eaten by an escaped rhinoceros, so he lives with his Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker – truly the most hideous Aunts in England.  Then a mysterious old man gives James a bag of very, very strong magic - perhaps his life will get better after all.  But James drops the bag and the magic spills under an old tree. All appears to be lost until, on the tree, a single peach begins to grow… and grow…and grow and soon extraordinary things start to happen. Running time – 1 hour 45 minutes including interval  Please note: Tuesday 23rd December at 2:30pm will be a Relaxed Performance - aimed at children with autism, learning disabilities and sensory and communication disorders who will benefit from a more relaxed atmosphere. For this performance we have lowered the sound levels, dimmed the lights so the auditorium will not be in complete darkness and provided a chill-out area

The Nutcracker Mansion, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 12 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Head to Tatton Park this christmas for the wonderful Nutcracker Mansion. The Nutcracker has been superbly brought to life with the help of Spring Bank Flowers Design and Tatton’s in-house florist team. In keeping with tradition the Christmas mansion will be decked with beautiful natural material from the parkland and gardens and a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist and choirs will entertain. The Christmas mansion is open Tuesday 25th November - Sunday 7th December (closed Monday 1st December) and Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December and Friday 19th - Sunday 21st December : 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Adult £9, Child £5.

Car entry charge of £5 applies. Mansion entry prices apply to NT members.

For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or visit our website at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk


Christmas is Coming, St Anne's Hospice Festival Choir, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester M2 3WS,1930, on 12 December 2014 - 12 December 2014
  Join St Ann’s Hospice for their annual concert of Christmas music and carols with favourites for all the family to sing, including 'O Holy Night', 'Lullay', 'It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year', 'Ding Dong! Merrily High on High', 'Carol of the Bells' and 'Sleigh Ride'.  Tickets: £25 - £20  Concessions available.  Tickets half price for under 16 year olds.  All proceeds going to St Ann’s Hospice.

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

Winter Wonderland Manchester, Trafford. Various Times, on 13 December 2014 - 13 December 2014
With huge attractions including the Sooty Show, Circus, a special visit from Santa and all the fun of the fair including over 30 rides, make the whole families Christmas wishes come true with a magical trip to Winter Wonderland this holiday season. Find out more about opening times, prices and booking tickets - http://www.eventcity.co.uk/whats-on/winter-wonderland-the-uks-largest-indoor-winter-wonderland/.

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank. 1100 - 1500, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Adult £6, Child £5. Car entry charge £5. Prices apply to NT members

For Further details about the event please see here.


Christmas at Lyme, Lyme Park. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Experience the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of a magical Christmas at Lyme in the beautiful courtyard. Vehicle charge applies, NT members park free.

THE FC (FATHER CHRISTMAS) GROTTO! National Football Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Get ready to take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum, where Santa’s squad are getting ready for Christmas. Kids will have the chance to meet the big man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season! There’ll be chance to take your own photos and every child who meets Father Christmas will be given a gift to take home. Entrance to the FC Grotto is £5 per child. Suggested age range for children attending is 3-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge). Tickets will not be available in advance, please speak to staff during your visit about availability and likely waiting times.

Winter Wonderland at Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 13 December 2014

A Victorian Christmas, Quarry Bank Mill. 1100 - 1500, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Join the festive fun at our traditional Christmas weekends. Meet our Victorian characters and find out more about customs from the past. Tell Father Christmas what's on your Christmas list. Enjoy Christmas carols, stories and shopping and finish your day with a warming mince pie. Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park, Various Times, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014

Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

Christmas at Speke Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014

Speke Hall in Liverpool is turning back the clock for Victorian themed Christmas weekends on 29/30 Nov, 6/7 & 13/14 December. This ancient Hall will be decorated in the rich greenery of holly and ivy so beloved of the Victorians, together with a huge Christmas tree in the Tudor Great Hall. Father Christmas will be visiting and there are Christmas craft activities for children.

Open 11am-4pm. £3 to visit Father Christmas. More Information: Property Office, 0151 427 7231, spekehall@nationaltrust.org.uk Normal admission charges apply.

For further event details see here.


Christmas at Rufford Old Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014

Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire is offering  ‘A Magical Christmas’ on  weekends 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 December.  Staff and volunteers will be donning Victorian costume, whilst a huge musical organ and Punch & Judy will be entertaining visitors in the courtyard, decked with Christmas lights.

For the first time there’ll be donkey rides for younger visitors (20 – 21 Dec), Father Christmas will be visiting with his sleigh each weekend, and you can try making origami Christmas trees and Christmas cards to take home. Sit and listen to a special Peter Rabbit Christmas story and a Lancashire Christmas Tale or follow Rufford’s special Christmas trail around the garden.

Normal admission charge applies, and it is £4 visit to Father Christmas (includes gift)

All the rooms in Rufford Old Hall (bar the sitting room) will be open for the first time over the three festive weekends, and you can see what kind of food our Victorian  and Tudor ancestors would have celebrated Christmas with – as well as enjoying some 21st century festive delights in the team room!

For information on visiting times, prices and contact details please see here.

More Information: Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254, ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk


Christmas at Little Moreton Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 13 December 2014 - 14 December 2014

Step back in time to a traditional Wassail welcome as you arrive at 16th century Little Moreton Hall for Yuletide celebrations. We have live period music and Tudor decorations in the Great Hall, a brilliant 16th century jester who will amaze with his dexterity and juggling skills; Yuletide tales will be spun by our storyteller and children can try their hand at Christmas crafts. The Tudors loved their food and Yuletide is no exception: a feast of festive food will be laid out on the table in the Great Hall, whilst you can enjoy 21st century seasonal food in the form of home made mince pies; cakes, hot chocolate and other festive goodies in Mrs Dale’s Pantry.

Little Moreton Hall, Nr Congleton - ‘Yuletide Celebrations’ More Information: 01260 272018, littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Normal admission charges apply, for further information about the events please see here.


Prince & Princess Party, Ashton-under-Lyne, 12.00 - 16.00, on 14 December 2014 - 14 December 2014
Calling all Princes and Princesses! On 14 December 12.00 - 16.00 the Village Hotel Ashton Under Lyne,Pamir Drive, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Manchester, OL7 0PG  will play host to an afternoon of fun! With dancing , raffle and games , buffet , a special guest appearance from Father Christmas and the chance to dress it up it is event you will not want to miss. In it's second year, this great party is being held  in aid of Reuben's Retreat and tickets are places are likely to be booked quickly. Tickets cost £12.00 each for both children and parents which includes the delicious buffet.To purchase your tickets and for more information visit www.reubensretreat.org/product/prince-princess-party-tickets/

Film In A Week Xmas Factor Club, The Ryleys. 1000-1600, on 15 December 2014 - 19 December 2014
Star Reach Academy are back running their 'film in a week' holiday club this Christmas holiday, but with a twist! This time children will be creating a story board,  script and starring in their own short film, Music Video and Christmas Single! As well as working on Acting for camera skills, they will get to work with costumes and props and help choose and locate their own film set. Everyone gets the chance to see both sides of production by having the opportunity to help produce, direct and shoot their film with the guidance of a professional film maker. Each young actor will receive their own final edited version of their film (hand edited by a professional film maker). And DVD’s will be ready to order in time for Christmas!  Please email info@starreachacademy.com or ring 0330 2231 513 to book your child’s place or for more information.

We're Going On A Bear Hunt. The Lowry. Various Times, on 17 December 2014 - 11 January 2015
A lovely classic at The Lowry perfect for a Christmas family treat - Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score.

Lantern Magic at Chester Zoo, 1600 - 2000, on 18 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

The Magical Lantern Experience is a trail to a spectacular animal lantern display where you can make your Christmas wish and hang it on our Giant Wishing Tree and say ‘hello’ to Santa. Visit the Fruit Bat Forest and the Elephant House and soak up the festive atmosphere around the zoo with our friendly festive characters.. Find out more about the event and how to book tickets here.


Christmas Movies at Manchester Drive in Cinema, Various Times., on 19 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Try something different this Christmas and head to the Magical Drive In Movie Spectacular in Manchester, from the 19th - 24th December there will be a variety of family christmas films playing across the dates at various times too. The films playing are - Frozen Sing a long, Elf, Home Alone, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Muppets Christmas Carol, The Polar Express, It's a Wonderful Life, Gremlins, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas. For more information about show times and booking tickets see here - https://christmasmovies.co.uk/bookings/timetable

The Nutcracker Mansion, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 19 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Head to Tatton Park this christmas for the wonderful Nutcracker Mansion. The Nutcracker has been superbly brought to life with the help of Spring Bank Flowers Design and Tatton’s in-house florist team. In keeping with tradition the Christmas mansion will be decked with beautiful natural material from the parkland and gardens and a changing live music programme including a harpist, flutist and choirs will entertain. The Christmas mansion is open Tuesday 25th November - Sunday 7th December (closed Monday 1st December) and Friday 12th - Sunday 14th December and Friday 19th - Sunday 21st December : 11am - 4pm (last entry 3pm).

Adult £9, Child £5.

Car entry charge of £5 applies. Mansion entry prices apply to NT members.

For further information on all events this Christmas (including Father Christmas at the Farm, Christmas Concerts and Stableyard Carols) call 01625 374400 or visit our website at http://www.tattonpark.org.uk


THE FC (FATHER CHRISTMAS) GROTTO! National Football Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 19 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Get ready to take a ride up to the top floor of the National Football Museum, where Santa’s squad are getting ready for Christmas. Kids will have the chance to meet the big man himself, and tell him what’s on their transfer list this season! There’ll be chance to take your own photos and every child who meets Father Christmas will be given a gift to take home. Entrance to the FC Grotto is £5 per child. Suggested age range for children attending is 3-10 years old. All children must be accompanied by an adult (no charge). Tickets will not be available in advance, please speak to staff during your visit about availability and likely waiting times.

Jack & the Beanstalk, The Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Barrington Rd, WA14 1HZ, various times, on 19 December 2014 - 04 January 2015

The Garrick has built up a reputation over the years for its sell out traditional family pantomime, and this year will be no exception with plenty of laughs, songs and audience participation in this GIANT of a favourite adventure packed story. Jack, the cow, the beans, the stalk and a glamorous wedding are all here in this wonderful new version of the popular tale. Matinees 1:30pm / Early Evenings 5:30pm / Evenings 7:30pm.  Adults/Full Price £15.00 / Concessions £13.00 / Children under 16 (including babies & infants) £10.00.  There is an additional £2.00 transaction fee for each individual payment made by telephone 0161 928 1677 or Book Online

Frozen Sing-a-long, Manchester Drive in Cinema. Begins 14.30, on 19 December 2014 - 19 December 2014
If you're little one is Frozen crazy then enjoy a sing a long at Manchester Drive in Cinema this Christmas. The film will be played on the 19th, 21st and 24th of December. On the day please arrive 45 minutes before the show begins to enjoy our live entertainment and karaoke singalong. To find out more and book your ticketshttps://christmasmovies.co.uk/bookings/timetable

An Audience with Father Christmas, Lyme Park. Various Times., on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? Visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk Booking Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies - Child £6.

Father Christmas at the Farm, Tatton Park. 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Bring the family down to Tatton's Farm to greet Father Christmas and his rare breed farmyard friends, some of whom are the star attractions in the nativity scene. Once the children have received their free gift from Father Christmas there is so much to keep them occupied :- an outdoor play trail and den-building area, an indoor playbarn with ride-on tractors and music from brass bands or choirs. Families will love milking the wooden cow in the shippon, story-telling and visiting Aunt Mary in her cottage. Visit the Farm on Saturdays and Sundays from 29th November until 21st December. Meet our reindeer Prancer and Dancer : Prancer is part of our animal adoption scheme, which would be a great gift for any member of the family.

11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Adult £6, Child £5. Car entry charge £5. Prices apply to NT members

For Further details about the event please see here.


Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all ages

An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park, Various Times, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

Christmas at Rufford Old Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Rufford Old Hall in Lancashire is offering  ‘A Magical Christmas’ on  weekends 6/7, 13/14 and 20/21 December.  Staff and volunteers will be donning Victorian costume, whilst a huge musical organ and Punch & Judy will be entertaining visitors in the courtyard, decked with Christmas lights.

For the first time there’ll be donkey rides for younger visitors (20 – 21 Dec), Father Christmas will be visiting with his sleigh each weekend, and you can try making origami Christmas trees and Christmas cards to take home. Sit and listen to a special Peter Rabbit Christmas story and a Lancashire Christmas Tale or follow Rufford’s special Christmas trail around the garden.

Normal admission charge applies, and it is £4 visit to Father Christmas (includes gift)

All the rooms in Rufford Old Hall (bar the sitting room) will be open for the first time over the three festive weekends, and you can see what kind of food our Victorian  and Tudor ancestors would have celebrated Christmas with – as well as enjoying some 21st century festive delights in the team room!

For information on visiting times, prices and contact details please see here.

More Information: Rufford Old Hall, 01704 821254, ruffordoldhall@nationaltrust.org.uk


Christmas at Little Moreton Hall, 1100 - 1600, on 20 December 2014 - 21 December 2014

Step back in time to a traditional Wassail welcome as you arrive at 16th century Little Moreton Hall for Yuletide celebrations. We have live period music and Tudor decorations in the Great Hall, a brilliant 16th century jester who will amaze with his dexterity and juggling skills; Yuletide tales will be spun by our storyteller and children can try their hand at Christmas crafts. The Tudors loved their food and Yuletide is no exception: a feast of festive food will be laid out on the table in the Great Hall, whilst you can enjoy 21st century seasonal food in the form of home made mince pies; cakes, hot chocolate and other festive goodies in Mrs Dale’s Pantry.

Little Moreton Hall, Nr Congleton - ‘Yuletide Celebrations’ More Information: 01260 272018, littlemoretonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk

Normal admission charges apply, for further information about the events please see here.


Wilmslow Methodist Church - Christmas Services 10.30 and 19.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Join Wilmslow Methodist Church for a  day of Christmas Services Family Nativity service 10.30 and  Candlelit carol service 19.30,

Wilmslow United Reform Church, 10.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Christmas Worship and communion

Dean Row Unitarian Church, 11.15, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Carol Service

St Bartholomews Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Head down to Wilmslow Parish Church for this great true Christmas service.

St Annes Fulshaw, 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Carol Service

St Johns Lindow Nine Lessons and Carols 18.30, on 21 December 2014 - 21 December 2014
Join in this traditional christmas service

Star Reach Academy Christmas Play In 2 Days, The Ryleys. 1000-1600, on 22 December 2014 - 23 December 2014
Star Reach Academy are offering a really fun 2 day camp this holidays- Christmas Play in 2 days! Children will develop a Christmas Pantomime and star in a live performance at the end. The workshop will help develop stage craft, acting skills, improvisation, enhance performance, help cultivate their creative ability and develop their use of expression and imagination. The club also includes lots of drama exercises, techniques and games, and most importantly we focus on HAVING FUN! Price- £70 per child. Please email info@starreachacademy.com or ring 0330 2231 513 to book your child's place or for more information.

 

The Hallé Present The Snowman at Bridgewater Hall, 1330 & 1600, on 23 December 2014 - 23 December 2014
Bring all the family along to the big screening of The Snowman on 23rd Dec at 1330 & 1600, the animated classic by Raymond Briggs. The film will be accompanied live by the Hallé performing Howard Blake’s beautiful score – including the magical song ‘Walking in the Air’. The first half of the concert features Ian Stephens’ orchestral take on Michael Rosen’s children’s masterpiece, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, presented by the irrepressible Tom Redmond. Get into the Christmas spirit with this magical concert. Ticket prices and booking fees Adult £22 Child (aged 17 and under) £14 Family Ticket (4 people, minimum 1 child) £60* A booking fee of £2 per ticket applies to telephone and online transactions. * Please note, Family Tickets can only be purchased through the Box Office, not online. Visit website for more info here-http://www.halle.co.uk/  

Christmas Eve at St Bartholomews Church 16.00 , 17.30, 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Christmas Christingle services followed by Midnight Christmas Communion Enjoy this traditional festive service , 2 services at 4.00 and 5.30 . For you night owls head down for the Midnight Christmas Communion

Christmas Eve at St Annes Fulshaw Church, 16.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Family Crib Service

Christmas Eve Wilmslow Methodist Church 16.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Family Christingle Service at 4.00

Christmas Eve Wilmslow United Reform Church 16.00 and 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Join the URC for this family service. Stories round the tree at 4.00. Midnight Candlelit Communion Service 11.30

Christmas Eve Dean Row Unitarian Chapel 20.00, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Christmas Eve service

Christmas Eve Sacred Heart and St Teresas Church 9.00 and 23.30, on 24 December 2014 - 24 December 2014
Start your Christmas Eve morning wiyh Morning mass at 9.00. Carols followed by Midnight Mass at 23.30

Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 27 December 2014 - 30 December 2014
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all

An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park, Various Times, on 27 December 2014 - 28 December 2014

Father Christmas is coming to Lyme Park! Why not come along to meet him in our beautiful Main Hall? This year why not visit Father Christmas and receive a special present, the event includes story telling and a mince pie for every child. Booking is Essential 0844 249 1895 Booking Fee Applies. Normal Admission Charges Apply. Meet in the Courtyard of Lyme Hall. Suitable for all ages. The main hall is not wheelchair accessible; please contact us if you would like a private audience with Father Christmas in a wheelchair accessible room.

More Information: Lyme Park Estate Office, 01663 762023, lymepark@nationaltrust.org.uk For more information and to book your tickets now, see the website here.  

It's a date! Quarry Bank. 1200 - 1500, on 29 December 2014 - 31 December 2014
Make and decorate your own calendar for the year ahead. Free event (normal admission charges apply) Please see the main property page for open and closed days.

Nature Discovery activities, Manchester Museum. 1100 - 1600, on 03 January 2015 - 04 January 2015
Explore our newly opened Nature Discovery gallery and Siberia: At the Edge of the World exhibition. Be inspired by the Museum’s collections and create paper cut Christmas & Thank you cards or New Year’s calendars. Price: Drop-in, free, all

Peter Pan Pantomime, MADS Theatre, (Various times), on 07 January 2015 - 10 January 2015
The Prestbury Youth Pantomime Association present Peter Pan at the MADS Theatre. Show performances are from Wednesday 7th January to Saturday 10th January, to include four evening shows and one Saturday matinee. More info here.

Candlemas, Little Moreton Hall, on 14 February 2015 - 22 February 2015
FREE event, celebrate the beginning of Spring at Little Moreton Hall and enjoy Tudor games in front of the fire. 11am-5pm, please click here for further details.

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