What’s on – 22nd to 24th December

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School’s out for Christmas!! There’s lots to do with the family over the next few days including a  Christmas family craft morning at St John’s, Brunch with Santa at the Botanist, ice skating at Blakemere and Stableyard Carols at Tatton. Read on to find out more….

Please check details with the venue before you travel, particularly opening times over Christmas

Breakfast at Bethlehem

St John’s Church, Knutsford
Sat 22nd Dec 9:30am – 11:30am

A variety of craft activities suitable for all ages including hand prints, collages, colouring and biscuit making. Children can even dress as a nativity character and have a souvenir photo!! Admission is FREE, with a chance to buy breakfast snacks and drinks for a small free. You can drop in at any point or stay the whole time. The morning will end with a short children’s nativity. This event is run by volunteers from the church family. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the church office on 01565 755160 if you have any questions.

Brunch with Santa at The Botanist

The Botanist, Knutsford
Sat 22nd Dec 10am – 12pm

Ho Ho Ho! What better way to kick off the Christmas festivities than brunch with Santa on Saturday 22nd December. Each child will receive a gift from the man himself and his little elfers! Tickets free, only need to pay for food and drink ordered. Call to book now on 01565 750459. 

Family films at the Curzon

Curzon, Knutsford
Sat 22nd Dec – Mon 24th Dec

There are various family films showing this weekend and on Christmas Eve at the Curzon including Elf, Mary Poppins Returns and It’s a Wonderful Life  Click for more details

The Tin Soldier

Adlington Hall and Gardens, Macclesfield
Sat 22nd Dec 3pm and 7pm

Following the huge success of the summer outdoor theatre productions, we are delighted to announce that the Folksy Theatre are returning, this time for an indoor Christmas production of The Tin Soldier. Acted out in the comfort of The Hunting Lodge. 
Filled with wonderful puppetry, multimedia and live music, this is a family Christmas story not to be missed! For tickets and more details click here or contact Folksy Theatre directly on 01698 854409.

Ice Skating at Blakemere Village

Blakemere Village, Northwich
Sat 22nd Dec – Sun 23rd Dec 11am – 5pm

Get your skates on and pop down to our festive skating rink. Open every weekend from 8th – 23rd December, 11am – 5pm. Just £5pp, which includes skate hire, no booking required. Click for more details

Children’s Christmas Party at Gauntlet

Gauntlet Birds of Prey Centre, Knutsford
Sat 22nd December 4-6pm

LIMITED PLACES STILL AVAILABLE! 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. Please call 01565 754419 to book.

Stableyard Carols at Tatton

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Sun 23rd Dec, from 3pm

With only two days to go ’til Christmas Day join in our annual Christmas Carols event. A firm favourite each year our live band create a special seasonal atmosphere as you sing along to well loved carols. Note vehicle entry charge applies for this event. Click for more details

Christingle Service

Knutsford Methodist Church
Sun 23rd Dec 4pm

Join us at 4pm for our family friendly Christingle Service! Christingles will be provided. Contact the church office on 01565 652251 or email office@kmc.org.uk if you have any questions.

Children’s Christmas Service

St John’s Church, Knutsford
Mon 24th Dec 4pm

Join us for our interactive, informal family service with carols, games, a short talk and chance to dress up and be a part of a nativity scene! Contact the church office on 01565 755160 if you have any questions.

Magical Christmas Mansion

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Fri 21st Dec – Sun 23rd Dec (and other dates in Dec)

Enter a magical Christmas Mansion themed to ‘Food Glorious Food’ and decorated with stunning decorations. Special lighting and 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 here for more details

Father Christmas at Tatton Farm

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Weekends in December 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm)

Children can meet Father Christmas and his elf helpers along with our rare breed farmyard friends. Music from choirs and brass bands fills 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! Special admission price £7 per adult (incl NT Members), £6.50 per child (aged 0-15, includes a gift). Vehicle park entry charge also applies.  No pre-booking required, simply turn up on the day. Click for more details

Elf Adventure Challenge

Redhouse Farm, Dunham Massey
Fri 21st – Mon 24th Dec

STILL SOME AVAILABILITY. Take part in Elf tasks and games, join in with the music, fun and story times! An interactive, indoor experience full of fun, festive activities and action for children and adults to enjoy together where you will feel jolly, merry and full of Christmas spirit! This is a 1 hour experience and is suitable for 2-10 year olds and their grown ups! Younger children may need some help with some of the activities. This is fully participative for adults and children alike to have fun and complete the activities together. Click for more details and to book

Glebe Farm Santa’s Grotto

Glebe Farm, Astbury
December weekends 11am – 1pm & 2 -4pm

Join Santa in his Grotto at the Barn at Glebe Farm. He will be dropping in to meet all the girls and boys and hear their Christmas wishes. All for just £5.95 per child incl gift. While you visit why not stay for lunch in the  Christmas Barn. We will be serving hot turkey baps with all the trimmings, hot mulled wine and cider and mince pies! Booking is not required. Click for more details

Meet Santa at Fryer’s Garden Centre

Fryer’s Garden Centre, Knutsford
All weekends until Christmas 11am – 5pm

Santa is at Fryer’s! Come and meet him in his grotto in store. £6 per child, no need to prebook. Click for more details

Walking with The Snowman

Media City, Salford
22nd Nov to 6th Jan

Walking with The Snowman is a free Christmas sculpture trail around MediaCityUK to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ classic picture book The Snowman. This family-friendly trail will feature twelve giant sculptures inspired by the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. A collection of smaller Snowman sculptures will be displayed inside The Open Centre at MediaCityUK, the Lowry Outlet and The Lowry. They will be designed by local children and young people and will be displayed from 8 December 2018 until 13 January 2019. Click for more details

Narnia Grotto at The Hideaway

The Hideaway, Partington
Open until Monday 24th Dec

Father Christmas has arrived in his Narnia grotto at The Hideaway!! Check our website for times, package details and to prebook.

Once upon a Winter’s Day

Quarry Bank Mill, Wilmslow
Fri 30th Nov – Sun 6th Jan

Explore the mill, gardens and houses to re-discover festive classics such as A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and The Snow Queen. In the mill, have a go at family activities, or wander through the indoor woodland to find the secret story corner. In the garden, follow The Snow Queen and Jack Frost on their adventures, or head to the Apprentice House for a special Christmas tour. With festive music, storytelling, tours and activities, there is something for all the family. Free event but normal admission applies. Click for more details

Christmas Courtyard

Dunham Massey
Open daily until Sun 23rd Dec 11am – 3:30pm

Join in with festive activities for all ages in the atmospheric surroundings of the servants’ courtyard. In each room you can see a different festive display and there’s a place to add your own Christmas wishes. In the Butler’s Pantry items from the family’s Christmas decorations will be on display. Families can follow a trail (£2) to get a gift at the end. Admission is free to NT members but prices apply for non-members – see prices on the website. Click for more details

Dick Whittington

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

LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR THIS WEEKEND. 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

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

Storytime with Elf

Blakemere Village, Sandiway
Sat 15th Dec & Sun 16th Dec 11am – 3pm

Enjoy a FREE Christmas story with Santa’s Elf every weekend. No booking required. Located in the Elf Cottage in the Centre of the Courtyard. PLUS make FREE Reindeer food at the Magic Reindeer Food Station in the Courtyard daily from 10am – 5pm. Click for more details

Wizard of Oz

Storyhouse, Chester

STILL LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR THIS WEEKEND! 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


Northwich Memorial Court, Northwich
Various dates in December

STILL LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR THIS WEEKEND! 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

A Little Christmas Trail for Families

Knutsford Heritage Centre
Sat 1st Dec – Weds 2nd Jan

Pick up an entry form at the Knutsford Heritage Centre then find the pictures Father Christmas has left in Knutsford shops he has visited! Post your completed form (along with a letter to Santa if you have one!) in the big red post box at the Centre, and you may win a mystery prize! Entry £1, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Click here for more details

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve Elf Hunt

Brereton Heath Local Nature Reserve, Congleton
Sat 8th Dec – Sun 23rd Dec 

The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the visitor centre and get searching around the park. Maps available to collect between 9.00am to 4.00pm from the Visitor Centre. Click for more details

Tegg’s Nose Country Park Elf Hunt

Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Macclesfield
Sat 8th Dec – Sun 23rd Dec 

The Elves are on the loose in the park! Can you find them all and collect their names? Pick up a map from the Tegg’s Nose Tea Room for 50p and get searching around the top of the park. Each map purchased entitles you to 50p discount off one hot drink from Tegg’s Nose Tea Room following completion of the trail. Maps available to purchase between 9am to 5pm. Click for more details

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