Hurry, Hurry! Lots of places are selling out fast for their Christmas events so it’s time to get booked. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2020 in the North West of England. I’ve put them into one big post so here you will find the best Christmas events in the North West of England – Cheshire – Cumbria – Greater Manchester – Merseyside where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.
This post was updated on the 27th of November 2020
Things to do Christmas 2020 Cheshire – Cumbria – Greater Manchester – Merseyside
No events as yet to be confirmed in Lancashire.
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Acorn Farm – Santa’s Grotto – Merseyside – No update
Father Christmas will be landing at the farm this year…… please keep your eyes peeled for the dates that he will be here.Acorn Farm
If you and your children would like the chance to come and visit him while he is here the please purchase your tickets from our shop prior to the event.
Tickets will be on sale closer to the time. Please be aware that there are only a limited number of spaces on each day.
Our usual admission charges onto the farm will still apply.
Address: Urban Farm, Acorn Venture, Depot Rd, Kirkby, Liverpool L33 3AR
How much? TBC
Beeston Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Cheshire – Event still going ahead
Join our festively-fun adventure quest which will allow you and your family to explore and discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales and lead you to a small reward. It’s a great way for the whole family to get out and about in Christmas weekEnglish Heritage
Address: Chapel Ln, Tarporley CW6 9TX
When? 26th December 2020 until 3rd January 2021
How much? FREE for members of English Heritage, An adult ticket costs £9.90, children 5-17 are £6 each. Other pricing options are available. Everyone must prebook a ticket.
Chester Zoo – A starlit Christmas – Cheshire – Event still going ahead
Join us for The Lanterns as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, delight, a sprinkling of snow and some unexpected festive encounters!
Escape to our eleven fantastical worlds, each different from the last, that will take you on an illuminating adventure like no other! Be immersed in this magical and uniquely Chester Zoo evening event that’s inspired by some of our favourite festive family tales, giving you the chance to see the zoo in a whole new light.Chester Zoo
Address: Chester CH2 1EU
When? Selected dates in December
How much? Child tickets start from £13.50, Adult tickets start from £16.
Children aged 2 and under enter free of charge.
Event Cancelled – Cockfields Farm – North Pole Adventure – Greater Manchester
Begin your journey by collecting your Passport from the North Pole. Check in, ready to fill your Passport with stamps from around the North Pole. First head over to Santa’s magical Grotto, where you will meet the big man himself and each child will receive a Gold Coin from Santa to spend in his Teddy Bear Emporium.
You can also catch that perfect family photo with SantaJourney through to the North Pole Marketplace, visit the Elves Sweet Shop for a yummy treat, make yourself some magical Reindeer dust to guide Santa’s Reindeer’s to your house, Ride the Fairground Carousel and spend your Gold Coin in the Teddy Bear Emporium…and moreCockfields farm
Address: Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR
When? From the 28th November until the 24th December
How much? An adult ticket is £10.95, £29.95 for a child. Under 1’s are £6.95. Prebooking is essential.
Ice Cream Farm – Drive-Thru Christmas – Cheshire – Event going ahead
Christmas isn’t cancelled at the Ice Cream Farm. Drive into our magical Christmas trail and search for Santa’s hidden elves, completing a festive activity pack along the way. Once you’ve spotted all of Santa’s elves, the man himself will be waiting, gifts in hand, to say hello in his outside grotto! Entry costs £10 per child. Each child will receive a festive activity pack, a Christmas mug filled with their favourite ice cream AND a gift from Santa. Our drive-thru Christmas experience is open between 12noon-4:30pm on weekdays and 12noon-5pm on weekends and will run until Christmas Eve. There’s no need to book, just show up!
Address: Drumlan Hall, Newton Ln, Cheshire, Chester CH3 9NE
For other info please see above
Knowsley Safari Park – Enchanted 2020 – Merseyside – Events still going ahead
This festive season you can enjoy the safari after dark at our fabulous Christmas time event, but don’t worry your path will be lit with magical lights guiding you through our enchanted trail, and that’s not all…
It’s time to get in the festive spirit with a range of festive food, magical music and amazing illuminated animals! Make those wonderful memories and fill the whole family with Christmas cheer. Add a magical Santa Experience for an extra £10 for a family of up to 6 people and meet Father Christmas from a safe distance. This includes meeting Santa in his beautiful sleigh plus an opportunity to capture the memory on camera and take your very own framed photo home with you.Knowsley Safari Park
Address: Prescot L34 4AN
When? Selected dates in December
How much? Enchanted light trail prices – Adults and children are £8 each, members £7, under 3s are free. Prebooking is essential – as is Santa which is £10 extra.
Christmas Events North West 2020
Lake District Wildlife Park – Christmas Celebrations – Cumbria – No update as yet
Visit our Living Nativity, enjoy indoor animal displays and encounters. Join in Christmas crafts and activities on selected days. Book your own private Children’s Christmas Party. Contact us for specific event timings. Normal Entrance Fees to the Park apply – suggested donation for craft activities go to our animal conservation charitiesLake District Wildlife Park
Address: Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA12 4RD
When? 19th to 31st December
How much? An adult ticket is £10.50, children £8.50, under 3’s are free. Other pricing options are available.
Otterspool Adventure Centre – Santa’s Grotto – Merseyside – Event still going ahead
Enjoy up to three hours of magical activities plus unlimited play on our ice rink and attractions. Ticket includes:
Visit Santa in his Grotto and receive a giftOtterspool adventure centre
Visit his ‘make a bear’ workshop
Watch a panto production of Beauty and the Beast
Gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus
Amazing attractions including our Christmas ice-rink
Address: 37 Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL
When? Selected dates from 28th November until Christmas day!
How much? Adult tickets from £13-16. Children from £27.50-37.50. Prebooking is essential. You can also upgrade to have Breakfast with Santa.
Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – Santa Express – Cumbria – Sold out – Event seems to still be going ahead
Whilst we are still ironing out the details of this year’s event you can sign up to our Mailing List to ensure that you are the first to know when tickets go on sale!
Click the link above to see how to sign upRavenglass and Eskdale Railway
Address: Station, Main St, Ravenglass CA18 1SW
When? Selected dates from 28th November until 24th December
How much? TBC
World of Beatrix Potter – Tea Party with Father Christmas – Cumbria – Events should still be going ahead
Entrance ticket to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction. Festive afternoon tea in a Winter Wonderland. Screening of the Snowman film. A gift for every child. A socially distanced photo opportunity with Father Christmas.World of Beatrix Potter
Address: Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BZ
When? Saturday 5th December
How much? Adults £22, children 1-16 £17. Baby under 1 £2 (does not include gift).
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