Santa is a busy sort of fel­low so book­ing is es­sen­tial lest you rob your chil­dren/ grand­chil­dren of their chance to sit on a bearded stranger’s lap and be emo­tion­ally scarred more than the event it­self will

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Head to Tat­ton Park in Knutsford for their an­nual Fa­ther Christ­mas at the Farm event where not only will the kids meet the jolly fella him­self, they’ll also get to meet Prancer and Dancer as well as some of the farm’s rare breed an­i­mals, be­fore get­ting the chance to mill their own rein­deer seed, build dens and gen­er­ally soak up the fes­tive mer­ri­ment by way of choirs and brass bands. Satur­days and Sun­days from Novem­ber 30th, from £6.50 per child.


At Bents – gar­den-cen­tre-cumwin­ter-won­der­land near War­ring­ton – Santa will be ar­riv­ing in a flurry of fes­tive fun on Satur­day 9th at 10am ac­com­pa­nied by the Snow Queen, cheeky elves and a nutcracker or two. He’ll be in his grotto from 11am-4pm un­til Christ­mas Eve. Check in on the web­site for more on book­ing a slot. bents.co.uk

There are few places quite as mag­i­cal as grand old Lyme Park and from Satur­day 23rd Novem­ber Santa will be tak­ing up res­i­dence in The Chapel, where chil­dren can snug­gle on cush­ions amongst twin­kling lights to lis­ten to a story be­fore re­ceiv­ing their gift from Santa. There are also mid-week after­noon ses­sions where kids can cre­ate an ed­i­ble gift with the elves. Prices start at £9.95.


Over at Blake­mere Vil­lage Santa’s Grotto is open ev­ery week­end from Satur­day Novem­ber 15th. How­ever, should you wish to indulge in some se­ri­ous fes­tive magic then con­sider book­ing its Christ­mas Wood­land ex­pe­ri­ence – a three-hour ad­ven­ture of theatre in the for­est, mak­ing your own cud­dly toys with Mrs Claus, un­lim­ited out­door skat­ing and meet­ing Santa in his sort­ing of­fice. From £30 per per­son (£10 for un­der threes).


Win­ter Fun­land re­turns to Manch­ester’s EventC­ity from De­cem­ber 6th. This ex­trav­a­ganza of gi­ant-in­door-funfare-meets-cir­cus­meets-panto will be a mag­i­cal at­tack on the senses but at least the chil­dren should sleep well after­wards. You’re guar­an­teed to get to see Santa within a 15-minute win­dow, which works well for the queue-averse. Chil­dren’s tick­ets start from £23.50 (un­der-threes go free).


Bring a lit­tle ef­fi­ciency to your fes­tive fun and head to De­lamere For­est where you can com­bine pick­ing up your Christ­mas tree with a trip to Santa’s grotto. (By all means have a nice walk and a steam­ing mug of hot cho­co­late too.) No ter­ri­ble plas­tic gift here – each child walks away with a baby tree to take home and grow. Lovely. £8 per child from Novem­ber 30th (week­ends and late nights De­cem­ber 5-6th).


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