*Updated* Christmas Events to book NOW!

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There are lots of wonderful festive events happening nearby in November and December, but many need to be booked in advance and are selling out fast! Here are some top picks. Keep checking our weekend guides for many more Christmassy drop in events. Don’t forget to like us on facebook to stay up to date with everything happening for families in Knutsford and nearby!!

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Peter Rabbit’s Christmas Grotto

intu Trafford Centre, Manchester – 14th Nov – 24th Dec

Come along and meet Peter himself before exploring the Beatrix Potter themed winter woodland where many more of Peter’s friends look forward to sharing their Christmas traditions with you and your family.  Many wonderful surprises await you and your family as you embark upon an enchanting journey to meet Santa. Child £8.50, adult £5.50. Click for more details

Tatton Foodies Festival Christmas

Tatton Park, Knutsford – Fri 16th Nov – Sun 18th Nov

Foodies Festival is bringing the Christmas spirit to Tatton Park! Take home recipes and top tips for Christmas from MasterChef winners, Great British Menu stars and top local chefs. The kids can get involved too in the Elf’s Cookery School! Tickets from £10. Click for more details.

Christmas at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Dunham – Nov 30th – Dec 30th

Dunham Massey’s biggest and brightest Christmas event returns for a second year with plenty more surprises. Experience the garden and historic buildings all aglow for a magical outdoor, after-dark experience. Tickets £16.50 adults/£10 children 5-16. NB best availability for slots earlier in evening is midweek or after Christmas. Click for more details

Enchanted at Knowsley Safari

Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot – Selected dates Nov 23rd – Dec 23rd. Entry from 4pm – 7pm

As the sun sets the foot safari will come alive for our enchanted evenings! Join us in exploring after dark and enter into our enchanted wonderland. Find our light safari and be dazzled by our beautiful animal light sculptures! Feel the buzz of excitement as you’re guided past the joyful fair rides into our grotto to meet Father Christmas. Children’s tickets £14 (incl light safari and meeting with Santa). Adults £5. Click for more details

The Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo, Chester – selected dates Nov 23rd – Dec 23rd. Slots from 4pm

Discover a festive wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow. There are nine different stunning spaces to discover, each one is different to the last. For those who have been to our magical lanterns festival before, expect to see some of your favourite lanterns from Christmases gone by, as well as plenty of new ones to discover along the way. Tickets from £10. Click for more details

Santa’s Grotto at The Ice Cream Farm

The Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall – weekends 24th Nov – 23rd Dec

Come and meet Santa in his grotto chock full of flavour! You will be met by the elves and taken in to Santa’s Grotto, located in the world’s largest Ice Cream Parlour. Booking is essential. £10 per child which includes a gift from Santa and a voucher to receive a Christmas mug filled with your choice of ice cream, sauce and wafer from the Parlour counter on the day.  Early Bird offer available on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November, only £8. Click for more details 

Santa Specials, East Lancs Railway

East Lancs Railway, Bury – various dates November & December

Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland! There will be a brass band, carol singers, on board costume characters and magician! Meet Santa and his elves as they travel through the train giving a gift to each child. Receive a biscuit and juice drink for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown-ups. Hunt for hidden clues in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt. Tickets from £13. Click for more details

Baby and Toddler meet Father Christmas

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow – Fridays 30th Nov/7th Dec/14th Dec

NOW SOLD OUT Join us for a special Christmas baby and toddler storytelling and play session which includes a private family visit to Father Christmas and a gift just for your little one. This event is suitable for children aged 6 months – 5 years. Child ticket £9 adults free, only two adults per child. All members of the party will need a Quarry Bank admission ticket. Click for more details

The Stick Man

The Lowry, Salford – Sat 1st Dec – Sun 6th Jan

Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN is back! What starts off as a morning jog becomes quite the misadventure for Stick Man, how will he ever get back to the family tree? Featuring a trio of top actors and packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves. Tickets from £14. Click for more details

Meet Father Christmas at Quarry Bank

Quarry Bank, Wilmslow – 1st/2nd/8th Dec (other dates are sold out)

NOW SOLD OUT Come along to our special festive Father Christmas event with storytelling, crafts and dressing up. This is a 30 minute session so please arrive for the beginning of your time slot. This event is suitable for children up to 10 years. Child ticket £9 adults free, only two adults per child. All members of the party will need a Quarry Bank admission ticket. Click for more details

Christmas Woodland

Blakemere Village, Sandiway – Dec 8th/9th, 15/16th, 22nd/23rd/24th

Don’t miss this unique theatrical experience to find Father Christmas at Blakemere’s Christmas Woodland! Magical Outdoor Woodland Theatre, meet & greet with Father Christmas, skating rink, small fair rides, meet Snowy the Owl and more! Tickets from £19.95. Click for more details

Banquet with Santa at Blakemere

Blakemere Village, Sandiway – Fri Dec 14th 4:30pm

Imagine an owl swooping down over long banquet tables filled with a festive feast of Christmas delights. Whilst this magical family event unfolds, Santa mingles with guests before telling a festive story and bestowing small gifts to the children. A special treat for all ages to enjoy! Tickets £16.95 per person plus booking fee. Click for more details

The Elf Adventure Challenge

Rocket and Orange, Altrincham – Fri Dec 14th 6-7:30pm

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.’ On arrival children will receive their evening meal followed by jelly and ice cream before taking part in the Elf Adventure. INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE: Complementary glass of prosecco on arrival, children’s meal, Elf Adventure Challenge (50 minutes), Elf Adventure Challenge Story Book. £14.95. Click for more details

Breakfast with Father Christmas at the Market Cafe

Market Cafe, Knutsford – Sat Dec 15th 9 – 10am & 10:15 – 11:15am

Tickets just £5 per child which includes a mega hot chocolate, pastries, fruit and a gift from Santa! Limited spaces, text 07825559498 or 07796335258 to reserve tickets or message us on facebook!

Breakfast with Santa at Blakemere

Blakemere Village, Sandiway – Sat Dec 15th & Sun Dec 16th 8:15am

NOW SOLD OUT This is a magical family event where Santa and his trusted Elf Jingle Bells mingle with guests whilst a hearty full English breakfast is served. The children then gather around the fireplace to hear Santa’s festive story before each party is invited to have their picture taken with him and he bestows a small festive gift to each child. The perfect way to get into the festive spirit! Tickets £11.95 per person plus booking fee. Click for more details

Children’s Christmas Parties at Gauntlet

Gauntlet Birds of Prey Centre, Knutsford – Sat 15th & 22nd December 4-6pm

New for 2018! Join us for a festive hour meeting some of Gauntlet’s residents, slip on a gauntlet and handle one of our deadly owls, meet a stinky ferret, and enjoy a flying demonstration just for you! Afterwards there’s a festive lunchbox, fun party games, a special festive party bag….and there may even be a visit from the big man himself! Book in advance. Ticket cost of £20 for one adult and one child and includes a children’s present & lunch. Additional children and additional adult tickets can be purchased extra. Click for more details

Dick Whittington

The Grange Theatre, Hartford – 17th Dec – 1st Jan

Northwich’s most spectacular pantomime ever will be returning to The Grange Theatre this Christmas. KD Theatre Productions and The Grange Theatre present Dick Whittington. Featuring professional cast, a live band, beautiful scenery and costume and of course plenty of audience participation! Book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets from £11.50. Click here for more details

Knutsford Christmas Bake Off

Booths Cafe, Knutsford – Mon 17th Dec 6 – 7:30pm

Bake a treat for Santa and bring it down to Booths Cafe . There are 3 age categories 5-10, 11-17 and 18+ . The best bake will be crowned winner in each category plus there will be special prizes awarded on the night.  Bakes will be judged on imagination, execution and taste. The cakes will be sold off in aid of the Toy Appeal at the end of the evening and we will be holding a raffle also for The Toy Appeal. All entries must be pre-registered via Facebook or email. Click for more details

Deer Feed and Trailer Ride

Tatton Park, Knutsford – Tues 18th Dec and Weds 19th Dec 9:30 – 10:30am

Take a trailer ride with the Rangers to watch the daily deer feed. Get a close look at hundreds of deer feeding in their beautiful natural setting. Minimum age: 4 years old. This event must be pre-booked and includes park entry admission on the day of the workshop. Tickets £10 pp. Click for more details.

Walton Festive Cinema – The Muppets Christmas Carol

Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington – 23rd Dec 4:30 – 9:30pm

You know it’s Christmas when this hits your TV screens – but why watch it on a small screen when you can watch it on a big un? Book your tickets to this Muppets classic now and begin your Christmas with us! We’ll be screening this in our newly refurbished riding school which practically oozes Victorian charm and festive cheer. To complete the festive experience we’ll be serving hot and cold food and there’ll also be an indoor bar, with tea and coffee available. Tickets from £8. Click for more details

Christmas at Gulliver’s

Gulliver’s World, Warrington – Selected dates from 24th Nov

Celebrate Christmas at Gulliver’s this year and book one of our fantastic festive packages. We’ll transport you into a winter wonderland with our great selection of Christmas rides, shows and attractions throughout the theme park. Look out for some festive favourites returning this year, including the popular Elf School. Don’t miss the chance to become an honorary elf or come and visit Mrs Christmas’ Kitchen for the chance to cook up some delicious treats. Packages from £7.95. Click for more details

Elf Dash

Gulliver’s World, Warrington – Sun 25th November

It’s just £15 per person to join the Elf Dash and £5 from every ticket will be donated to Dreams Come True. Start the Christmas season in style and support a fantastic charity along the way. Tickets include a place on the Elf Dash (just 1 mile!), theme park entry and a grotto visit to meet Father Christmas (both valid for the same day as the Elf Dash). There’s a medal for each runner, just don’t forget your Elf Costume! Click for more details

Farmer Christmas

Kenyon Hall Farm, Warrington – Thurs 6th & Fri 7th December (other dates sold out)

We’ll get our Junior Farmers into the Christmas spirit with a hands-on session all about Christmas down on the farm. As always we’ll be having fun while we learn and the 45 minute Farmer Christmas session will include a workshop to make a natural tree decoration to take home and getting dirty hands planting a winter bulb. Spaces are limited, tickets cost £4.50 per child and must be booked in advance. It’s free for accompanying adults and babes in arms (18 months and under). Click for more details

Wizard of Oz

Storyhouse, Chester –

This Christmas, we’re off on a wonderful journey! Coming to Storyhouse this Christmas: based on the classic MGM motion picture, featuring the beloved songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow and We’re Off To See The Wizard. Tickets are on sale now from £15. Click for more details

An Audience with Father Christmas

Lyme Park, Disley –

Our favourite festive visitor is returning to Lyme. The Chapel will be transformed into a magical, festive space with cosy rugs and cushions to sit on, decorations, twinkly lights on the tree and music to get you in the Christmas spirit. After listening to an enchanting Christmas story read by Mother Christmas, children will be invited to receive a gift from Father Christmas himself. Child £9.50. Normal admission charges apply. Click for more details

Meet Santa at Walton Winter Wonderland

Walton Hall & Gardens, Warrington – 8th/9th Dec & 15th/16th Dec 10am – 6pm

Be sure to come along and join in the festive fun. We’ll have markets, hot food, drink, live music, a woodland walk and of course there’ll be Santa Claus! No tickets needed for event itself, but this year you can book your visit with Santa online to save you queuing in the cold! What we’re doing this year is making hourly slots available for you to book onto and then within two weeks of the event we’ll email you with an exact time. Click for more details


Elf Adventure Challenge

Bents, Glazebury – Monday 17th Dec 5-6pm

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.’ Challenges include learning how to build the toys, load the sleigh, play Elf games and do the Elf March! An interactive experience full of fun, festive activities and action for children and adults to enjoy together! £15 per child. Click for more details

Santas Breakfast/Tea Parties

Bents, Glazebury – Various dates in December

Children from 3 – 10 years can join us for a festive meal with balloons, party games & a special gift for each child. Our Santa’s tea & breakfast parties are hugely popular so be sure to book early to secure your place. The Santa’s tea party includes a hot meal of sausages and mash (vegetarian alterative available), drink, a chocolate treat and yoghurt or jelly fruit pot. Breakfast with Santa includes a choice of cooked breakfast options, a chocolate treat, drink and yoghurt or jelly fruit pot. Tickets £19.95. Click for more details


Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich – Various dates in December

Cinderella is the biggest panto of all and is set to be our most spectacular show yet! ABP Pantos have lined up a fantastic line-up for this year’s show! Featuring Atomic Kitten’s Kerry Katona and Heartbeat’s Tricia Penrose as the wicked step-sisters and X Factor’s Lloyd Daniels as Prince Charming! We look forward to welcoming back Georgie Jackson as Cinderella. So, are you coming to the ball? Tickets from £12. Click for more details