Santa, Sparkles & Family Fun: Christmas Days Out & Events

Many places open their doors for special festive days out in the run up to Christmas and New Year – here is our pick of some of the places you can visit over the next couple of weeks. Please please please check availability before you set out, just in case details have changed or the event is fully booked (a disappointed child is one thing but a child who thought they were going to see Father Christmas and then couldn’t is to be avoided at all costs)!


Now until 2 January (check specific dates) 11am – 4pm: Find Rudolph
8 life-size cut-out creations will appear in the garden and deer parks – can you spot them all?
16 – 18 December, 12pm – 3pm : Father Christmas at Dunham Massey
Visit Santa in the stables
Dunham Massey, Altrincham


Now until 24 December (weekends only) 10am to 4pm: Santa’s Grotto (must pre-book)
Explore this beautiful natural cavern with sparkling crystal formations, decorated for the festive season. Includes a visit to Santa and a present.
Poole’s Cavern, Buxton


Now until 23 December (check specific dates) 4pm – 7.30pm: The Lanterns
A magical night time journey through Chester Zoo, featuring animal lanterns. Meet colourful festive characters and catch a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh
Chester Zoo


Now until 18 December (check specific dates) 11am – 4pm: A Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion – Roald Dahl’s Tremendous Adventures
Step into the Christmas Mansion and into Roald Dahl’s world, as his great storytelling weaves itself through the grand staterooms and into the bustling servants’ quarters
Now until 18 December (weekends only) 11am – 4pm: Meet Father Christmas at the Farm
Meet Father Christmas and his farmyard friends. See Prancer and Dancer, Santa’s reindeer. There will be live music, festive food and drinks to enjoy
Sun 18 December, 3pm – 4pm : Family Carols in the Stableyard
Join in the Christmas carol singing with the band and choir
Tatton Park, Knutsford

Now until 24 December (check specific dates): Christmas Elf Experience (booking essential)  
Help the elves prepare for Christmas by making decorations, finding ingredients for cookies, helping to tell the Christmas story and visiting Santa
Stockley Farm, Arley


Sat 17 December, 10am – 2pm: Victorian Christmas
Drop in and meet Father Christmas, hear some yuletide tales and do Christmas crafts
The Old Sunday School, Macclesfield

Fridays – Sundays in December 11am – 4pm: Yuletide Celebrations
Enjoy a taste of Tudor Christmas with decorations, displays and entertainment for all ages. Weekends include jesters, music and storytelling
Little Moreton Hall, Congleton


16 December 4.30pm – 6.30pm : Banquet with Santa
Long banquet tables with a festive feast of Christmas delights. Santa mingles with guests, telling a festive story and giving small gifts to the children
Weekends until 18 December, 10am – 5pm: Christmas Woodland
Unique theatrical experience to find Father Christmas at Blakemere’s Christmas Woodland
17 & 18 December, 8.15am – 10.30am : Breakfast with Santa
Santa chats with guests as a hearty full English breakfast is served, and children hear the festive story by the tree
Blakemere Village, Northwich


Now until 18 December (weekends) 10am – 11.30am: An Audience with Father Christmas
Make Christmas magical with a visit to see Father Christmas in Lyme’s beautiful drawing room
Lyme Park, Stockport