What’s on – weekend 30th Nov & 1st Dec

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There is of course plenty happening in Knutsford this weekend (Markets, Santa Parade, Bethlehem Experience and more!!) but lots of other things to do too!

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On this weekend:

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

Farmer Christmas

Kenyon Hall Farm, nr Warrington
30th Nov & 1st, 6th, 7th & 8th Dec

Get into the seasonal spirit with a hands-on session all about Christmas down on the farm. We’ll be having lots of fun while we learn, with the 45 minute session including a workshop to make a natural tree decoration, educational tour of our indoor Christmas tree forest and getting dirty hands planting a winter bulb to care for at home. Spaces are limited, tickets cost £5.50 per child (£4.50 on Friday) and must be booked in advance. Click for more details.

Santa’s Arrival and Christmas Market at Plumleys

Plumleys Garden Centre
Sat 30th Nov 10am – 5pm

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Join us for a day of festivities at Plumleys! Bring the children down to see the big man himself arrive via tractor at 11:30am with his elves! There will be live carol singing and facepainting. Toast marshmallows, enjoy a hog roast or choose your family Christmas tree. Get ticking off your gift list with local businesses’ homemade gifts or produce, and visit the cafe for mulled wine and festive food! Whatever the weather we are covered as it’s indoors! Click for more details

The Bethlehem Experience

St John’s Knutsford
Sat 30th Nov 1-4pm

Bethlehem Experience

This year we will be hosting our first ever ‘Bethlehem Experience,’ an interactive walk through of the Christmas story! Visitors will be guided through different rooms, from heaven to the stable, getting to meet all the Nativity characters along the way. Drop in any time between 1 and 4pm on 30th November (the same day as the Knutsford lights switch-on). This is a free event and suitable for all ages!  Click for more details

Knutsford Christmas Market

Knutsford town centre
Sat 30th Nov & Sun 1st Dec

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The Knutsford Christmas Market is back! We’ve lined up a jam packed weekend of fun for all the family including Santa’s Grotto, live entertainment, artisan market stalls, our Christmas Light Switch On, brand new Santa Parade, facepainting and glitter tattoos and a funfair for the whole weekend!Click to see Knutty Mum’s guide to all the details

Festive Farm Fun

Riverside Organic, Davenham
Sun 1st Dec 11am – 2pm

Come join us for some wonderful festive activites to start off your Christmas!! Paint your own tree decoration with Crafting Corner. Join us in our Christmas grotto to listen to a winter story read by Farmer Christmas and receive a gift. Meet our resident Donkey’s and take a ride around the farm. There will be festive drinks and outdoor food available. All activities can be purchased as a package or separately. Booking is essential. Click to book

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Dear Santa

Crewe Lyceum
Sun 1st Dec & Mon 2nd Dec

Santa is determined to deliver the most fantastic Christmas present to Sarah. But he doesn’t get it right straight away! Rod Campbell’s ‘Dear Santa’ is an ideal introduction to theatre for those aged 2 to 7 years old. They will get to meet Santa after the show and even receive a present! Click for more details

On this weekend & much of December:

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

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

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

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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’s Grotto at Plumleys

Plumleys Garden Centre
Saturdays from 30th Nov

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

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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.

Breakfast with Santa at the Anderton Boat Lift

Anderton Boat Lift, Anderton
Nov 30th/Dec 1st and various dates

This year, we are inviting you to celebrate the beginning of the Santa Cruise season by hosting an exclusive ‘breakfast with Santa’ experience, on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December.On arrival, you’ll be shown to your seat in the Treetop Coffee Shop and served drinks by Santa’s helpers. Then it’s time for breakfast, all whilst enjoying a Christmas song or two. Santa will be working his way around every family, finding out who’s been naughty and who’s been nice, before escorting you out to the Edwin Clark trip boat to join him for a cruise on the River Weaver with lots of storytelling, songs and a special present for each child!! there are a limited number of tickets available on each day so be quick, as we are expecting this event to be extremely popular. Click for more details.

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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

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

Elf Adventure Challenge

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

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 exploire Gulliver’s magical Santa Sleepovers online.

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Elf Advent Challenge

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Take part from Dec 1st

Do the Elf Advent Challenge at home with your child! No glitter, no ingredients, no prep the night before…..JUST imaginative, magical, festive fun!! All you need is The Elf Advent Challenge and your child will have a guaranteed magical 5 minutes of festive Elf fun, at home, every day in December!! It’s a Christmas countdown experience that memories are made of…..And for less than £1 per day per family in December!! Enrol now!!All videos can be accessed through a secure, online portal, which can be accessed through your phone, tablet, laptop or smart TV. Click for more details and to book.

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

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.

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. 

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