Christmas Events 2019

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! There are lots of festive events going on for all ages in Knutsford and nearby.

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Featured Events:

The Snowman Tour 2019

Liverpool Cathedral and Chester Cathedral
Various dates in December

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Photo Credit: © Tom Bangbala

*SOME PERFORMANCES ALMOST SOLD OUT* Looking for a magical Christmas experience for all the family? Look no further! The Snowman Tour 2019 is coming to both Chester Cathedral and Liverpool Cathedral this December! The magical musical show features the iconic Snowman film on the big screen, accompanied by a live professional orchestra. Each performance also includes a toe-tapping Christmas Medley and a specially commissioned second animation with original music (The Nutcracker at Chester Cathedral and A Donkey’s Tale at Liverpool Cathedral).  Click here to watch a video taster and click here for more details and to book.


Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
Various dates from Fri 29th Nov

Meeting Father Christmas at Quarry Bank Mill, Cheshire

Credit: National Trust Images / John Millar

Father Christmas will be stopping by at Quarry Bank during the festive season to meet families. Stories, games and festive activities are all part of this bookable event, but tickets are flying like reindeer so book soon to make sure you’re on his list. As well as the sessions for all ages, we have some especially for babies and toddlers too! For more details on our Meet Father Christmas sessions click here.  For more details on our Baby and Toddler Meet Father Christmas sessions click here.


Christmas Days Out at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
From  27th Nov to 5th Jan

Visitors enjoying a Christmas family trail at Knole, Kent

Credit: National Trust Images / James Dobson

Discover Christmas traditions from the past and make new memories as a family at Quarry Bank. Follow the reindeer trail in the garden, experience what Christmas would’ve been like for the apprentices, and warm up with a hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows. Experience Christmas at Quarry Bank from 27 November – 5 January. Click for more details





Santa’s Grotto at Plumleys

Plumleys Garden Centre
Saturdays from 30th Nov

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SATURDAYS only from November 30th until December 21st we will have a special someone ready for visitors! £7.50 per child with a complimentary mini mince pies for grown ups. Click for more details


Elf Adventure Challenge

St George’s Hall, Liverpool
Various dates Nov 30th – Dec 24th

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You are invited to come on The Elf Adventure Challenge! Join in with the music, fun and story and when you complete your challenges successfully you will earn a certificate and the title of ‘Honorary Elf’….and who knows, you may be called on to help Santa in his duties…Interactive, fun sessions for families with children from 2-10 years. Sessions last for 50 minutes and ticket prices include a colour Christmas storybook for all children to take away with them. Sessions have limited capacity due to the interactive nature of the fun and games and so pre-booking is essential. Click for more details and to book.


Santa Sleepovers at Gulliver’s

Gulliver’s World, Warrington
Various dates from Nov 22nd

Escape to the most magical winter world with unique Santa Sleepovers this December at Gulliver’s World, Warrington. Stay overnight in cosy, family friendly, themed hotel rooms and lodgings. Experience the all-inclusive Christmas Theme Park fun! Enjoy the festive rides and attractions and explore the Winter Wonderland on your way to meeting Santa himself, receiving a FREE gift before he sets off on his journey around the globe! Join in on lots of Christmas activities such as Gully’s Magical Snow Show, Mrs Christmas’ Kitchen and Elf School, as well as seeing unique Christmas shows and characters! Click here to explore Gulliver’s magical Santa Sleepovers online.



Other Events:

Cottons Kids Christmas Workshop

Cottons Hotel & Spa, Knutsford
Dec 19th & Dec 23rd

An afternoon of fun, feasting, painting and decorating. This Christmas, let their creativity blossom! In the warmth of the Cottons Hotel, your child will learn how to decorate their own gingerbread man, make their own snowman biscuit and design an extra special Christmas card. After all the craft work, all children will enjoy a kid’s buffet whilst you adults indulge in Christmas cake and hot drinks. Workshop includes an hour’s access to the Spa before or after the event. Click for more details and to book. Click to read Knutty Mums’ review of a previous kid’s workshop at Cottons’.


Breakfast/Tea with Santa at Fryer’s

Fryer’s Garden Centre, Knutsford
14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd Dec 

STILL SOME AVAILABILITY FOR THIS WEEKEND! Come for Breakfast or Tea with Santa at Fryer’s Garden Centre. Sit back, relax and let Santa’s helpers serve you during this magical Christmas experience. Click for more details


Santa’s Grotto at Fryer’s

Fryer’s Garden Centre, Knutsford
Various Dates from Nov 30th

Santa will be in his grotto at Fryer’s on various dates from Nov 30th! No need to book, just pay on the day. He will be with us on: 30th November & 1st December, 7th & 8th December, 13th, 14th& 15th December and 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd December. Click for more details


Santa Sunday at Waugh Brow Farm

Waugh Brow Farm, Mobberley
Sunday 15th Dec 11am – 2pm

We’re excited to tell you that Santa will be with us at Waugh Brow Farm on Sunday 15th December from 11am until 2pm!! We also have a Frozen themed bouncy castle, a face painter, festive fodder, mulled wine and delicious alcho-chocs. You could pop into our lovely farm shop and see all the delicious, home produced goodies on offer too! All proceeds will go to The Christie! Click for more details


Father Christmas at Railway Inn

Railway Inn, Mobberley
Sunday 15th Dec from 5pm

Come and join us for Christmas Caroling and a visit from Father Christmas on Sunday 15th from 5pm! Free gift for all the children, mulled wine and mince pies for the adults!! Click for more details


Ice Village Manchester

Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
8th Nov to 5th Jan 2020

The wintry domain of the Ice Village is coming to Manchester! Set against a backdrop of snow covered trees and twinkling lights, there will be lots to see and do including a fantastical Ice Cavern with mystical ice creatures, an Ice Tiki Bar, a spacious and all-weather ice rink, Santa’s Grotto and plenty of Christmas stalls, arctic games and tasty food stands.  Entrance to the Ice Village is FREE but you will require tickets for the Ice Cavern, Ice Tiki Bar, Ice Rink and Santa’s Grotto, which can be booked online. Click for more details and tickets


Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Grotto

intu Trafford Centre
14th Nov to 24th Dec

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience an incredibly exciting immersive Christmas adventure this festive season with the wonderful Peter Rabbit. Experience the wonders of a Peter Rabbit inspired grotto as the story of Beatrix Potter’s woodland wonderland is brought to life by actors playing the part of Peter Rabbit and friends who will share their Christmas traditions with you and your family. Click for more details




Christmas at Percy’s

Dunham Massey
Various dates from Fri 15th Nov

Snuggle up for festive tales from Percy’s park before enjoying a hot chocolate and biscuit. Take home a special gift in this lovely alternative to a Father Christmas visit. Inspired by Nick Butterworth’s much loved Percy the Park Keeper tale ‘One Snowy Night’. Please be advised that all children need a ticket. Babes in arms (0-6 months) attending with paying children do not need a ticket unless you wish for them to receive a gift. Click for more details and tickets


Chester Christmas Market

Town Hall Square, Chester
16th Nov – 22nd Dec

Get the festive feeling this winter at the Chester Christmas Markets! A handmade, historical, magical experience awaits you with 70 traditional wooden chalets surrounding the iconic sparkling tree in the heart of the city centre while the CheSTAR points you in the direction of gold, frankincense and myrrh (or glühwein, frankfurters and mince pies!) Discover unique, locally made produce and with handmade crafts, jewellery, accessories and stocking fillers, you’re sure to find the perfect presents in Chester, we have your Christmas all wrapped up! Click for more details



A Fairytale Mansion

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Various dates from Nov 26th

Enter a magical Christmas Mansion themed with all of your favourite fairy tales and decorated with special lighting and stunning decorations. Seasonal music adds to the festive atmosphere as you work your way through enchanting rooms – from the grandeur of the state rooms through to the servants’ quarters. There’s a special festive treat awaiting you at the end!  National Trust members are required to pay entry to this special seasonal event.. Click for more details


Children’s Christmas Crafts

Knutsford Library
Sat 30th Nov, Tues 3rd Dec, Sat 14th Dec

Baubles, stars and stockings! All free, drop in sessions. Sat 30th Nov 10:30-11:30am, Tues 3rd Dec 3:30 – 4:30pm, Sat 14th Dec 10:30-11:30am Click for more details


Christmas Woodland

Blakemere Village, Northwich
Various dates from 30th Nov

Wrap up warm and embark on a magical journey in search of Santa! Head Elf, Ferbal, entrusts you with a secret mission. Along the way you will meet special woodland creatures like Melody the Owl, Jack Frost, Wiley The Fox and Snow Flake the Unicorn that will assist you with your quest. Once the children have received their gifts from Santa the the fun continues. Pay a visit to Mrs Claus’ Kitchen to help bake and decorate `gingerbread men. Skate on our outdoor artificial skating rink where you will find Thistle the elf and Snowy the Owl. The whole experience lasts around three hours, and we know you will go home with magical memories that will last forever. Click for more details



Santa Cruises 2019

Anderton Boat Lift, Anderton
Various dates from Nov 30th

Taking your child to see Santa at Christmas has been a tradition for centuries, but it’s not every day that this tradition takes place during a cruise on the River Weaver! So treat your little ones to a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the famous Anderton Boat Lift. Be a part of the fun, as Santa and his helpers take over the Edwin Clark trip boat every weekend this December, with storytelling, songs and a special present for each child! There are a limited number of tickets available for each cruise, all of which are expected to sell out, so be quick!! Click for more details.


Father Christmas at the Farm

Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford
Weekends from 30th Nov/1st Dec

A holiday favourite, children can meet Father Christmas and his elf helpers along with our rare breed farmyard friends. Music from choirs and brass bands fill the air, and there’s a children’s entertainer and storytelling to enjoy. Don’t forget to pose on Santa’s sleigh for a photo and visit Aunt Mary in her cosy cottage. Reindeer Prancer and Dancer will take centre stage in the traditional live nativity,. Have a go at making your own magic reindeer feed in the restored Mill. Afterwards you can head out to the outdoor den building area and playground to burn off some excitement! . Click for more details


Polar Passport at the Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall
Various dates from Nov 30th

Get in the Christmas spirit by completing your Polar Passport! Enter The Playhouse and enjoy the following activities: Gingerbread making, reindeer food, Xmas crafts and story time with Mrs Claus, complete these and get a stamp on your passport! Tickets £12.   Click here for more details.


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Santa’s Grotto at the Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall
Various dates from Nov 30th

We’re so excited to tell you that Santa will be at the farm this winter, ready to meet you in his magical grotto! Tickets £10 per child inc gift and voucher for a Christmas mug filled with your choice of ice cream, sauce and wafer from the Parlour counter on the day. Book in advance online. Click here for more details.

 


Christmas Experience at Cockfields Farm

Cockfields Farm, Ashton-under-Lyne
Various dates from 30th Nov

Enjoy the most magical Family Christmas Experience at Cockfields! Head to Elf School for an Elf show and to learn how to become an elf.  Visit Mrs Claus’ Kitchen to  decorate a Gingerbread man and listen to her read a story. Stroll through the Elf Village and have a hot chocolate, mulled wine and mince pie. Write a Letter to Santa, make some Reindeer Food and meet Santa’s reindeer. Pop into the workshop to build a teddy bear to take home. Visit Santa in his Magical Grotto…every child will receive a special golden coin from Santa to spend in the North Pole Toy Shop! ADVANCE BOOKING ONLY Click for more details. 


The Gruffalo’s Child

The Lowry, Salford
Various dates Fri 6th Dec to Sun 12th Jan

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood.Follow the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in Tall Stories’ enchanting adaptation of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Let your imagination run wild with songs, laughs and scary fun for everyone aged 3 to 103. Click for more details


Christmas at the Zoo

Reaseheath Zoo, Nantwich
Sundays Dec 8th, 15th & 22nd

Santa is coming!! You will be sure to make some magical memories visiting Father Christmas is his cosy grotto here at the zoo. Children will be able to meet Father Christmas have photo opportunities with the big man himself and receive a gift. Tickets to visit Santa’s grotto will go on sale on the 1st November (online booking only- except at the arrival of Santa event on the 30th November where it will be first come first served on the day). Click for more details


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How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical

The Lowry, Salford
Various dates Tues 10th Dec to Sun 5th Jan

The Grinch discovers there’s more to Christmas than he bargained for in this heart-warming and hilarious musical, based on Dr. Seuss’ hugely popular best-selling books made famous by the film adaptions. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss create the whimsical world of Whoville, while Max the Dog narrates the story of the scheming Grinch whose heart is ‘two sizes too small,’ as he decides to steal Christmas away from the Whos, an endlessly joyful bunch bursting with holiday cheer. Click for more details


Christmas Rhymetime Special 

Knutsford Library
Fri 13th Dec 11am

Join us at Knutsford Library for this festive under 5s session – Christmas Rhymetime Special! Click for more details


Toddler Christmas Experience at Cockfields Farm

Cockfields Farm, Ashton-under-Lyne
Weekdays 12th Dec to 20th Dec

A specially Designed for under 5s!  Arrive at the Farm to meet your Guide Elf.  Head to the elves Kitchen to decorate a Gingerbread Man. Group visit to see Santa and listen to a Christmas Story. Each Child will get to speak to Santa and receive a gift from him. Visit the Reindeer in Santa’s Stable. Join in the animal activities in the Farm including meeting bunnies, guinea pigs, lizards and snakes and feeding the barn animals. Click for more details. 


Santa’s Tea Party at Plumleys

Plumleys Garden Centre
Fri 13th & 20th Dec 4:30 – 6:30pm

Join us for an evening of festive fun. The children will be served party styled food, make reindeer food, sit with Santa and of course finish off with a visit for the grotto. Click for more details


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Breakfast with Santa at The Market Cafe

The Market Cafe, Knutsford
Sat 14th Dec 9am and 10am

Santa will be popping in to see us for breakfast at 9am and 10am on Saturday 14th December at Knutsford Market Hall this year!! £5 per child incl breakfast, hot chocolate, fruit juices and a present. Message us on Facebook for more details about how to reserve tickets! Payment is needed upon booking due to limited numbers. Click for more details


Storytime by Candlelight

Tytherington Family Worship Church
Dec 14th 10:30am – 11:10am

Follow the footprints to StoryTime by candlelight this Christmas & discover a musical adventure as we join the animals on an exciting journey! We Three Kings by Rosie Greening is a charming reimagining of the Nativity story as the kings soon learn that the best gifts come from the heart. There’ll be music, songs, actions & props for babies & children of all ages to enjoy with their friends & families. Click for booking details


Aladdin

The Grange Theatre, Northwich
Dec 14th to 1st Jan

Join us on a magical carpet ride all the way to Peking for this year’s spectacular pantomime ALADDIN at The Grange Theatre! Featuring our exciting blend of live music, quality professional performers, stunning sets, lavish costumes and bags of comedy, The Grange Theatre is the home of family pantomime in Northwich this Christmas. If you have one wish this Christmas – make it to see Aladdin at The Grange Theatre. Click for more details


Breakfast with Santa at Plumleys

Plumleys Garden Centre
Sat 14th & 21st Dec arrival 9am

Make it a Christmas to remember and see your little ones’ eyes light up as they tuck into breakfast with Santa. There will be choice of breakfast for the children and adults to order on the day. To relax and fully enjoy the experience, families will be seated and served at their own table. Children will be greeted by Santa and given a ticket in person to visit him in the grotto afterwards. Click for more details


Christmas Party at Little World for Scholars

Little World for Scholars, Altrincham
Fri 13th Dec 3:30pm, Fri 20th Dec 3:30pm

We are having 2 Christmas parties here at the Den! The party will last 2 hours, will be hosted by elves and will include;writing, stamping & posting a letter to Santa; the opportunity to role play in the elf factory (help pack toys for children’s Christmas lists);  and a gift from the elves (from one of our favourite brands that we use at the Den). Children can play independently or get involved in the activities and it party is perfect for any child from 1-5 who enjoys role play. Click here for more details. Please call to book a ticket on 0161 888 222.  Click here to read Knutty Mums’ review of Little World for Scholars


Meet Father Christmas in his Christmas Cottage (includes trail)

Biddulph Grange Garden
Various dates from 1st Dec

Follow the presents around the garden to find Father Christmas in his Christmas Cottage. Have fun following the presents around the garden to make a secret password. When you discover the Christmas Cottage whisper your password to Father Christmas’s helper and go inside. Father Christmas will be waiting to hear what you would like for Christmas and have a gift for all the good boys and girls. Click for more details.


Christmas Events at The Welcome

The Welcome, Knutsford
Various dates

There are lots of festive activities happening at The Welcome, from making Christmas cookies to a movie nights!  Click for more details


Christmas Craft Club at Lymm Village Hall

Lymm Village Hall, Lymm 
Tues 17th & Sat 21st Dec

There will be two Paper Town Christmas Craft Clubs this year in Lymm! We will be making different crafts at each on, which means you can come to both. There will be loads of festive crafting, Christmas games, the obligatory juice and a biscuit for the kids, and as a special Christmas treat there will be mulled wine and mince pies for the grown ups. Click for more details and to book.


Kids of Cheshire Christmas Spectacular

Bowdon Parish Centre
Fri 20th Dec 2-8pm

*USE CODE LITTLEELF for 30% OFF* Join Kids of Cheshire for its Christmas Spectacular this December – A magical festive family event complete with Kids Christmas Workshops, Family Festive Market, Pop Up Cafe and an immersive kids theatre experience; JOURNEY TO SANTA which includes a special meet and greet experience with Father Christmas himself. Click for more details


Banquet with Santa at Blakemere

Blakemere Village, nr Northwich
Fri 20th December

Imagine an owl swooping down over long banquet tables filled with a festive feast of Christmas delights set in beautiful heated tipi’s. Whilst this magical family event unfolds, Santa mingles with guests before telling a festive story and bestowing small gifts to all the children. A special treat for all ages to enjoy! Click for more details


Breakfast with Santa at Blakemere

Blakemere Village, nr Northwich
Sat 21st, Sun 22nd December

Join us at our magical family event set in beautiful heated tipi’s where snowy the owl flies over your table before you tuck into your traditional English breakfast. Santa and his trusted elf Jingle Bells will make their way round to everyone before reading a festive story and bestowing a gift individually to each child. You will then have the opportunity to skate on Blakemere’s skating rink for the final hour of the experience. The perfect way to get into the festive spirit! Click for more details


Yuleville’s Christmas Trail

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Nov 23rd to 6th Jan

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Storytime with Elf Twinkletoes

Blakemere Village,  Northwich
Saturdays & Sundays 23rd Nov – 22nd Dec 11am – 4pm

Enjoy a FREE Christmas story with Santa’s Elf Twinkletoes every weekend from 23rd November – 22nd December. No booking required. Located in the Elf Cottage in the Centre of the Courtyard.  FREE festive craft activity with Crafts in the Corner. Click for more details


Children’s Christmas Service

St John’s Church, Knutsford
Tues 24th December 4pm

Join us at St John’s for our children’s service on Christmas Eve! There will be carols, a fun game and a short talk about Christmas, as well as nativity costumes for the children! Click for more details.


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