What’s on – Weekend 15th & 16th December

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There’s lots to entertain the family this weekend including Christmas concerts, Father Christmas at the Market Cafe and The Lambing Shed and Home Alone at the Curzon cinema! Or you could make the most of Saturday’s FREE parking in Knutsford to finish your Christmas shopping!! If you’re planning on buying your tree check out our guide to local sellers here

Please check details with the venue before you travel

Free Parking in Knutsford

Various locations
Sat 15th Dec from 10am

Finish your Christmas shopping in Knutsford, and make use of free parking in Silk Mill Street car par, King St car park and Princess Street car park from 10am!

Breakfast with Father Christmas at the Market Cafe

Market Cafe, Knutsford
Sat Dec 15th 9 – 10am (10:15 slot sold out)

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!

Home Alone

Curzon, Knutsford
Sat 15th Dec 10:30am

This Christmas classic is showing at Curzon’s Kid’s Club!! All adults must be accompanied by a child. Tickets £3 per person. Click for more details

Festive Macmillan Coffee Morning at the Library

Knutsford Library
Sat 15th Dec 10am – 11:30am

The lovely ladies from Macmillan Cancer Support will be hosting a festive coffee morning here at Knutsford Library on Saturday December 15th from 10 – 11.30am. Do pop in if you’re passing whilst out doing some Christmas shopping… Click here to visit the library facebook page.

Santa’s Grotto at the Lambing Shed

The Lambing Shed, Knutsford
Sat 15th – Sun 16th December

Come and meet Santa at The Lambing Shed!! £5, no need to book. Click for more details

Fuchsia Christmas Party

Fuchsia School of Dance, 27a Kings Street, Knutsford
Sat 15th Dec 3-5pm

An afternoon of fun and games for kids from age 3 up! Allowing parents to do a bit of Christmas shopping whilst the kids meet the big man himself! If parents wish to stay they are more then welcome to enjoy the festive fun and conversations as we all celebrate Christmas. The proceeds of the evening will be donated to Barnardos Charity who helps kids which is more than fitting. Please bring a plate of food and snacks for all to enjoy. Please let us know you are coming so Santa can bring enough presents! Click here for more details

Frodsham Frost Fair

Frodsham Centre, WA6 7QN
Sat 15th – Sun 16th Dec, open 10am to 6pm both days

An amazing collection of the best makers of beautiful unique gifts, the yummiest foods & festive drinks all in one fabulous location in the historic market town of Frodsham. For the kids (or young at heart) there is also face painting, mini artisan crafting tables PLUS Santa will also be paying us a visit. We will be indoors & outside this lovely location. Plenty of FREE parking on-site as well as the surrounding streets. There will be great buggy and wheelchair access, lots of seating in the food zone and baby changing facilities. Click for more details

Family Christmas Concert

St John the Baptist Church, Knutsford
Sat 15th Dec 7:30 – 9:30pm

The Tatton Singers Musical Director John Powell presents a Family Christmas Concert
with the choir of Bexton Primary School. Conducted by Rachel Vale, with organist Tim Kennedy. Ticket prices: Adults £13, Concessions £10, Students £5.  Includes a glass of wine/soft drink and a mince pie. Click for more details and to buy tickets

Northern Chamber Orchestra at Tatton

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Fri 14th Dec, mansion opens at 7pm, concert at 8pm

Enjoy a visit to the Christmas Mansion and refreshments followed by a wonderful festive concert. This year the NCO will delight audiences with a mixture of popular classical music and festive favourites for all the family to enjoy. Adults £25, Under 18’s £15. Find out more and book tickets for Northern Chamber Orchestra.

Festive Weekend at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Nr Tarporley
Sat 15th – Sun 16th Dec 

Join us in December for two festive weekends where we open our doors for just £1 per person! Santa will be here from 10am to 2pm, and there will be activites galore including: Best Christmas Jumper Competition, Pony Grooming, Breakfast with Santa (additional charge, must be pre booked), Lucky Dip, Christmas Quiz, Christmas colouring competition, Christmas shopping in our gift shop, Shire Horse talk and Walk on the wildside animal feeding. Click here for more details

Christmas Craft Drop in

Rocket and Orange, Altrincham
Sat 15th Dec 12:30 – 3pm

Drop in to R&O on Saturday between 12.30 and 3pm to join Gemma from Paper Town Crafts to make a super cute Angel Christmas Tree topper. £3 per child, no need to book. 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

Magical Christmas Mansion

Tatton Park, Knutsford
Fri 14th Dec – Sun 16th 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

Walton Winter Wonderland

Walton Hall and Gardens, Warrington
15th/16th Dec 10am – 6pm

Come 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 (very limited slots to see Santa still available). There’ll also be Christmas entertainment from yesteryear at our Victorian games hut; they’ll be a coconut shy, hoopla, tin can alley and more! We’ll also have a children’s entertainer and live radio playing all of your favourite Christmas tunes. Click for more details

Christmas Woodland

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

STILL AVAILABILITY THIS WEEKEND! 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

Elf Adventure Challenge

Redhouse Farm, Dunham Massey
Weekends 15th – 16th Dec & 21st – 24th Dec

STILL SOME AVAILABILITY THIS WEEKEND. 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

Narnia Grotto at The Hideaway

The Hideaway, Partington
Open all day Thur/Fri/Sat & after school on Mon/Tue/Weds 

Father Christmas has arrived! A visit to Narnia costs £7.50 which includes a gift and at least 2 hours play time at The Hideaway or £8.50 including a child’s meal if you visit between 3.30pm – 5.30pm Mon-Fri. The grotto is open all day Thurs, Fri and Sat from 30th Nov and after school on Mon, Tue & Weds from 10th Dec. You can pre-book on our website to avoid having to queue or be disappointed.

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
Sat 24 Nov – 23rd December 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

Farmer Christmas Tractor Ride

Riverside Organic, Davenham
Sat 15th Dec 11:45am

Take a ride on Farmer Christmas’s  trailer for an exciting Christmas event.  Farmer Chistmas will take you on a 10 min (approx) trailer ride, towed by his prized vintage Nuffield tractor. Each child receives a gift from the Elves at the end. Children must be accompanied by at least one responsible adult.  Max 5 children per adult. All passengers must purchase a ticket. Tickets £2.50. Click here for more details and to book

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

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

Storytelling with Santa

The Storyhouse, Chester
Thurs 22nd Nov – Sun 23rd Dec

Make Christmas truly magical this year and take your little ones to Storytelling with Santa! Join Santa in the North Pole Storytelling Room, tell him your Christmas wishes and listen to his Christmas story. £3.50 per child. Slots available throughout day (book online, good availability for this weekend). 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

Don’t miss during the coming week:

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

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