Blog graphic with two images, one is from Laminate 2020 and the other with Raimy and Spike walking through Tatton Park in 2016
Christmas and New Year,  Days out,  Family

Winter Events in the North West 2021 – Grab Your Tickets Fast

This year is the year of the more normal. There arent socially distancing santa visits planned, even if there maybe should be. And there are more events on again. That said a lot have sold out already! Here’s a little round up of the events we’re looking forward to that havent yet completely sold out!

1 – Luminate Southport and Cheshire

So full disclosure here, I am attended both of these events and will have a write up on the blog about them at the time. But even if I wasn’t attending in a blogging capacity, they would have been on my to do list anyway. They look awesome! I love light shows, and so does Spike. We’re attending the Southport show on their first weekend and the Cheshire show we’re using as a great excuse to meet up with our baby group friends who live a little far away now. Both trails offer around 1.5km of light displays for you and your little ones to explore.

Tickets for Luminate start from £11. The trails, at Victoria Park in Southport and at Walton Gardens in Cheshire, run from 24th November to 24th December. Book your tickets for Luminate Southport here or Luminate Cheshire here.

The Laminate sign from Laminate 2020

2 – Percy the Park Keeper Christmas Garden Tale at Tatton Park

I love Tatton Park, but last year we did the christmas trail and got soaked and I’m not sure that Spike will ever forgive me. Even so I’m totally going to try and get to the One Snowy Night Percy the Park Keeper Christmas Garden Tale as it looks super cute and she’s on the cusp of no longer being interested in picture books. I love that Tatton Park finish off their garden trails with a toasted marshmallow for the kids too – especially as Spike doesn’t like them so she gives it to me! haha

The Percy the Park Kepper event at Tatton Park runs from 27th November to 3rd January so its perfect for the in between Christmas and New Year period. Tatton Park also has a santa on the farm event but tickets are super limited for that. Book your tickets for either event on the Tatton Park website.

3 – Percy the Park Keeper’s Winter Wander at Sizergh Castle

Percy the Park Keeper is a theme at all National Trust sites this year and as we keep meaning to go to Sizergh Castle as its just up the road. This even doesn’t need booking and is just £2 for a trail sheet. It seems like a cute way to pass the time over the Christmas period and includes a little prize for each completed sheet.

The trail takes place from 4th December to 3rd January. Find out more on the Sizergh Castle website.

4 – Lancaster on Ice

Back in 2018, we didn’t live in Lancaster. We were travelling into the city every day for work and saw Lancaster on Ice during rush hour traffic only. We didn’t like coming to the city on our days off as we spent so much time driving to it during the week! We moved in time for the event in 2019 but Spike was adamant she would not go on the ice. We figured we’d try the next year but obviously covid put a stop to that. This year though Lancaster on Ice is back! And I can’t wait. This even is on our doorstep. So close you can see the big wheel from behind our house. So we are going on it this year for sure! I can’t wait! Theres a big wheel, ice skating rink and mini Christmas markets, under the beautiful backdrop of Dalton Square Christmas lights.

Lancaster on Ice runs from 27th November to 9th January and you can book tickets here.

5 – Blackpool Heritage Trams Magical Express

We go to Blackpool Illuminations every year. Its a thing we’ve done since Spike was born. But this year we don’t have to rush to see them before the end of October like normal as they are on through to January! Whats even better is the amazingly lit up trams that are usually running are having a Christmas makeover. The Magical Express Tour looks awesome and I definitely want to see the illuminations from that this year!

The Magical Express Tour runs on selected days throughout November and December. You can find out more about the tour here.

One of the Heritage Trams from Blackpool Illuminations

6 – Lapland Village – Blackburn

I think this event is new for 2021 and it looks cute. Its an expensive one at £40pp but everyone gets a gift from Santa – including the adults. And theres a lot to do it would appear! If we weren’t going to actual Lapland this year I would be so tempted to go to this which is why I’ve included it in my list! You get a Christmas show, a visit to Mrs Claus in the kitchen where she’s baking gingerbread, a magical fun fair which is all included in the price and a visit to Santa and his reindeers. Theres also a Christmas market to enjoy.

Lapland Village takes place from 1st to 24th December. You can book tickets here.

7 – Santa’s Magical Workshop Show – Blackpool

I love a trip to the theatre at Christmas and this one looks like a brilliant show! Its a magical illusion show by elves as they search for Santa and it all sounds pretty interactive. The kids get a box of snacks as they arrive and theres time to write a letter to santa for the elves to deliver for them. You can also upgrade to a breakfast or lunch with the elves ticket for certain shows which I know Spike would love!

Santa’s Magical Workshop costs £20 per child and £10 per adult and runs from December 18th to 24th at Viva Blackpool. Some shows already have limited availability.

8 – Gandy’s Snowstorm – Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre have had some great events this year. Their halloween event looked amazing but we didn’t get tickets in time. The Big Top that held the scarefest circus is sticking around for Christmas it would appear. Gandy’s Snowstorm is a circus with ice skating and looks fantastic. What’s more there’s seats from just £9.99 each. I think Spike will love the circus, we havent been to one since her second birthday but she loved it then!

Gandy’s Snowstorm runs from 13th November to 3rd January in the Big Top outside the Orient at The Trafford Centre. Book your tickets here.

9 – Drive-Thru Christmas – Manchester

Some people won’t be comfortable with a lot of these events. We can’t deny that covid is still a thing and the idea of sitting in a big room with loads of strangers may be your idea of hell right now. Which is why there are still some events that are more private for people. Drive-thru Chrsitmas is one of those. You stick to your car, drive through a magical series of landscapes, speak to Santa himself and meet two of his reindeer. All barely getting out of your car. You can even feed the reindeer!

Drive-thru Christmas runs from 22nd November to 31st December and starts at £35 per car. Find out more and book your tickets here.