Every day in December until Christmas Eve, 10am – 7pm

Santa’s Grotto
Take one step in and feel the crunch of the real snow below your feet! You’ll be stunned by the magnificent castle that is Santa’s home right up until Christmas Eve. Surrounded by real snow, sparkling trees, glistening lights and chattering elves,
Chill Factore,
Trafford Quays Leisure Village,
Trafford Way,
M41 7JA

Until 26 December

The Winter Gathering at London Road Fire Station
‘The Winter Gathering’ will see the stunning buildings and courtyard of London Road Fire Station – opposite Piccadilly train station – transformed into a magical winter market, featuring an ice skating rink, street food stalls, bars, an art space and a programme of live music and DJs.
London Road Fire Station
London Road
M60 7RA

Until 24 December

Father Christmas at Hamleys
Join Father Christmas and his lovable elves at The Finest Toy Shop in the World for fun, magic and theatre at this very special time of year. Meet Father Christmas at Hamleys is an extra special experience where children will take part in seasonal activities, enjoy delicious snacks, spend time with Father Christmas and receive an extra special gift bag to take home.
Price: £25 per child
Hamleys Manchester
intu Trafford Centre

Until June 2017, every day

Creative Wonder Materials- Interactive gallery
What’s kirigami? Can you build with graphene? Which materials might change our lives? Peel back the layers of the world’s first 2D material, and be inspired by the creative experimentation that led to the isolation of graphene.
Free daily drop-in activities for families in the Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond exhibition space are inspired by all things two dimensional. Create beautiful cut-out structures with kirigami, explore materials, build with shapes, and take ‘materials challenge’ – will you invent the next big thing?
Recommended for ages 5 and older
Museum of Science and Industry
Liverpool Road Manchester M3 4FP
Tel: 0161 832 2244

1 December – 8 January

Bolton’s Winter Festival
Bolton’s Winter Festival offers something for all the family from the popular covered ice rink, super fun snow slide, magical Santa’s Grotto and festive artisan markets.
Giant snow slide
Feel the wind in your hair as you whip down this terrific 55 metre snow slide, sponsored by The University of Bolton. The dry slope snow-tubing slide is so much fun you will want to go on it more than once! With all tickets at just £2 and only £5 for three rides you’re sure to come back for more.
Bolton Town Centre
Victoria Square
Bolton BL1 1SA
Tel:: 0843 208 1854

2 December 1.15-2pm, 2.30-3.15pm

Baby Friday
Baby art club. You and your baby can explore our collection with visual artist, Rose Miller.
For babies who aren’t yet walking
Free, booking required, book 1 week in advance
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester M2 3JL
Tel: 0161 235 8888

3-4, 10-11 December 10.30-15-30

A Quarry Bank Christmas
Traditional festive fun in the mill, with dressing up, a Christmas trail to follow and activities to enjoy.
Quarry Bank
Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA
Tel: 01625 527468


3 comments to December

  • Enjoy gluhwein, street food, music, food market and craft at the market!

  • Sunday 14th December 11am-3pm. Stanley House, Audenshaw M34 5GW

    At this festive Christmas Craft Fair there will be over 40 stalls of Handmade Crafts, selling a wide selection of Christmas Gifts and Decorations. Santa’s Grotto (£2 with a gift from Santa and his Elf), Face Painting, Balloons, Glitter Tattoo’s, a Raffle, Tombola, Afternoon Tea or simply Coffee and a Mince Pie.

    Plus Name the Bear, Lucky Dip, Tameside Radio Broadcasting Live, a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Tameside as well as much more. All in aid of the Stroke Association.

    Alcoholic drinks and refreshments available throughout the day in a fully accessible venue with free car parking!

    It promises to be a fun festive family day out for everyone so please come and help raise money for this amazing charity. Doors open at 11am until 3pm, £1 Adults (inc. Raffle ticket ) Children FREE. Please arrive early to purchase a ticket for Santa’s Grotto to avoid disappointment as we proved a popular event in June.

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