Best Christmas Events North West 2022 – Meet Santa and More

Hurry, Hurry! Some places have already released their 2022 tickets and they are selling out fast. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2022 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 – Lancashire – Merseyside where you can meet Santa and more – Not all events include Santa. Don’t forget to book in advance where possible.

Things to do Christmas 2022 Cheshire – Cumbria – Greater Manchester – Lancashire – Merseyside

Please double-check the event descriptions on the attraction’s website as the below information could change. It is essential that you read their own information carefully.

Best Christmas Events North West 2020 – Meet Santa and More

Beeston Castle – Christmas Adventure Quest – Cheshire – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “Explore Beeston Castle with our family-friendly Christmas adventure quest. Follow the trail to find clues dotted around the castle, and discover fun facts and festive folklore along the way.”

English Heritage

Address: Chapel Ln, Tarporley CW6 9TX

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Bolesworth Castle – Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

Bolesworth’s grounds near Chester will again be transformed into a festive wonderland, festooned in seasonal sparkle and yuletide cheer for a month of unforgettable winter magic. Our incomparable enchanted Christmas Lights Trail returns for 2022 featuring an all-new route, a spectacular light show incorporating Bolesworth Castle itself and a unique water display on our beautiful lake.

You can also look forward to a spectacular fairground, Christmas markets featuring shopping, food and winter warmers, Santa’s magical grotto, reindeer encounters and our exclusive champagne experiences; there’s snow better place to get into the seasonal spirit this year! Standard tickets, plus ice skating tickets and Santa tickets are available.

Bolesworth Castle

Address: Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ

When? 25th November to January 1st 2023

How much? General admission for an adult costs from £27.00, children age 4-12 are from £18.00.

Chester Zoo – Lanterns at Chester Zoo – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

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 from 11th November –  23rd December,

How much? Children from £11, adults from £13.

Church Farm Events – Santa Experience – Cheshire – Tickets on sale 2nd September

Info from last year “A magical family trip that’ll leave you feeling as Christmassy as mince pie. Santa drops in to Church Farm for a few days in December on his way to the North Pole. He also brings his friends the elves, Frosty the snowman, and his real reindeer. Come and visit the beautifully lit-up farm for songs, dancing and audience participation with the folk from the North Pole. Plus chocolate gifts for children.”

Church Farm Events

Address: Church Ln, Thurstaston, Wirral CH61 0HW

When? Selected dates in December

How much? TBC

Cockfields Farm – North Pole Adventure – Greater Manchester – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “This Christmas why not join us for the time of your life at our Magical North Pole Adventure.A stunning Family Christmas day out you will never forget, the fun starts the moment you arrive and doesn’t stop all day. Enjoy a Private family visit to see Santa in his Magical Grotto and each child will receive a gold coin to spend on anything in his Toy Shop. Enjoy a nosey through the Elf Village , capturing memories and wonderful pictures of your adventure , don’t forget to stop by Buddy’s Sweet Shop for a Sweet Treat and so much more.”

Cockfields Farm

Address: Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events Greater Manchester 2020

Dunham Massey – Christmas – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

Enjoy time together with friends and family as you discover sparkling tunnels of light and dancing lakeside reflections, then walk under giant baubles and beneath glistening trees drenched in jewel-like colour. For a moment of reflection pause at mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, or gaze at the larger-than-life illuminations – and don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas along the way.

National Trust

Address: Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

When? From 18th November 2021 to 2nd January 2022

How much? 1 adult ticket with parking costs from £30.50 for general admission (less for members of the National Trust). Extra adults are £22.50, children 3-16 £14.50.

Farmer Parrs – Christmas 2022 – Lancashire – Tickets on sale from October 1st

Herd ewer flock over to Farmer Parr’s, where they can have a good old chat with Santa and meet Rudolph too! Santa lives in his own special log cabin, with Rudolph peeping through the window. Ewe are welcome to take a tour around the rest of the animal farm as well & see all the animals in their cuddly winter coats and help us feed them too.

Farmer Parrs

Address: Rossall Ln., Fleetwood FY7 8SL

When? 25th November to 24th December

How much? TBC

Farmer Teds – Farmer Christmas – Lancashire – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “Santa is so excited to see everyone this Christmas that he has gone to extra special measures to make sure everyone is kept safe. You’ll begin your journey within our Animal Barn, before checking in to start your Christmas Adventure, you’ll get to walk through Santa’s winter wonderland, see where his elves make all your toys, and even where Santa sleeps too. Along your journey, you’ll also be able to help Santa by making your very own Reindeer food and even decorate your own Gingerbread man…and more.”

Farmer Teds

Address: Worrall House Farm Larder, Flatman’s Ln, Ormskirk L39 7HW

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Gulliver’s Warrington – Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

Escape to Gulliver’s World for a festive family adventure. Look out for Elfie mischief, fairy fun and snowy surprises. 

  • Selected festive rides and attractions for all the family
  • Climb aboard the North Pole Express
  • Explore the magical Winter Wonderland
  • Children choose their own gift from the Elf Workshop
  • Santa will be making appearances throughout the day!

Address: Worrall House Farm Larder, Flatman’sShackleton Cl, Old Hall, Warrington WA5 9YZ

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Tickets from £22, packages from £29.

Heaton Park – Lightopia – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

An award-winning and visually spectacular lantern and light festival. Explore interactive exhibits, immersive light installations, and the magical illuminated trails. This year, for the first time, each location has a unique themed Christmas light trail for you to experience. 

Address: Middleton Road, Manchester M25 2GT

When? From November 24th, 2022 – January 2nd 2023.

How much? Adult £22.50, child 3-15 £14.50, family ticket £68, all tickets have an additional booking fee.

Holker Hall – Cavendish Christmas & Mini Grotto – Cumbria – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “Soak up the magical atmosphere of the beautiful Holker Hall elegantly decorated for Christmas with our packed programme of festive entertainment and events. Floral installations will be provided by local florists, Bluebell & Ivy and Forage & Foliage as well as one of the many trees in the Hall decorated by the Cavendish’s chosen charity, St Mary’s Hospice. The first two sections of the gardens will also be open and keep your wits about you – there have been sightings of a group of mischievous elves causing havoc!”

Holker Hall

Address: Cark, Grange-over-Sands LA11 7PL

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Knowsley Safari Park – Enchanted – Merseyside – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “This Christmas time, something magical returns to Knowsley Safari to brighten our evenings! As the sun sets, the Foot Safari will come alive with music and light! Your extroadinary nighttime adventure will include the enchanted woodland, animal light trail,  and toasted marshmallows, all making for perfect festive fun. You and your family can get into the festive spirit with a range of festive food, tasty treats and a joyous atmosphere! For the younger thrill-seekers, our *rides are open throughout Enchanted. So make those wonderful memories and fill the whole family with Christmas cheer.”

Knowsley Safari Park

Address: Prescot L34 4AN

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Best Christmas Events Merseyside 2020

Christmas Events North West 2022

Lake District Wildlife Park – Christmas Celebrations – Cumbria – Event to be confirmed

Info from last year “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.”

Address: Bassenthwaite, Keswick CA12 4RD

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Otterspool Adventure Centre – The Christmas Experience – Merseyside – Tickets on sale

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 gift. Visit the Elves ‘Make a Bear’ workshop. Watch a Festive Show. Gingerbread decorating with Mrs Claus. Amazing attractions including our Christmas Icerink.

Otterspool Adventure

Address: 37 Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL

When? Selected dates from 19th November until Christmas Eve

How much? Prices vary from £24.95-44.95. Prebooking is essential.

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – Santa Express – Cumbria – Tickets not yet on sale

The Santa Express returns in 2022 to add a dash of festive sparkle to your Christmas plans. More details to follow. Tickets sales will open later in the year

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Address: Station, Main St, Ravenglass CA18 1SW

When? Various dates in November and December

How much? TBC

Tatton Park – Father Christmas at the Farm – Cheshire – Tickets not yet on sale

Info from last year “A holiday favourite, families can see Father Christmas and his elf helpers in a festive grotto at the Farm. Don’t forget to take your photo in Santa’s sleigh and make your own magical reindeer food in the Mill to take home and sprinkle around on Christmas Eve! Tickets to see Father Christmas must be booked online in advance.”

Tatton Park

Address: Tatton Park Tatton Park, Knutsford WA16 6SG

When? TBC

How much? TBC

Walby Farm Park – Father Christmas on the farm – Cumbria – Tickets on sale soon

Your ticket includes…. a visit to Father Christmas  on his farm and a chance to meet his Real Reindeer , take part in Snowtime  and even meet Mother Christmas. Bring your letter to post to Father Christmas in the Elves’ Post Room , and receive your very own Cuddly Teddie from the Teddie Tastic Workshop  you’ll get to choose your own gift from Elves’ Toy Shop  too… if you’ve been good this year!

Walby Farm Park

Address: Walby Farm Park, Walby, Crosby-on-Eden, Carlisle CA6 4QL

When? Various dates from 26th November to 24th December

How much? TBC

Walton Hall Gardens – Luminate – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

We are delighted to be hosting Luminate again this winter. Presenting the light fantastic, you can expect spectacular, illuminated trails full of wonder and intrigue. So, as darkness descends, join Luminate as they weave a captivating light trail through our stunning grounds. Complete with incredible lighting elements, fabulous light play and ambient music – this experience will enthral your senses. To immerse yourself in the mesmerising winter trails, all you need to do is book your tickets via their website. Trust us when we say – this will be a timeless experience that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Walton Hall Gardens

Address: Walton Lea Rd, Higher Walton, Warrington WA4 6SN

When? 24th November to 24th December

How much? Tickets £15-19 per adult, £11-14 per child age 3-15, under 3s are free. Other pricing options are available.

Windmill Animal Farm – Santa Train – Lancashire – Tickets on sale soon

Enjoy this special family occasion in the comfort of your very own private enclosed compartment for the journey to meet Santa, look out for our beautiful herd of Fallow deer on arrival to lake view station. We have treated Santa to a new spacious magical grand grotto, where he awaits to safely greet you and your family. On your return journey adults can look forward to complimentary hot drinks and home cakes of their choice from our coffee shop.

WIndmill Animal Farm

Address: Fish Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 1UQ

When? TBC

How much? TBC

World of Beatrix Potter – Santas Saves Christmas – Cumbria – Tickets on sale

Join Jack, Dasher the Reindeer and Pompom the Penguin for this festive, musical, interactive adventure, as they meet Father Christmas at his home in the North Pole and help Santa Save Christmas!  It’s a family show most suitable for 2-7 year olds, where every child will receive a specially wrapped present from Santa – after the most Christmassy Christmas show ever, HO-HO-HO!

World of Beatrix Potter

Address: Rayrigg Road, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3BZ

When? 17th – 23rd December

How much? Adult from £10.50, child from £9.50. Other pricing options are available including the addition of food.

Best Christmas Events Cumbria 2020