Best Christmas Events North West 2021 – Meet Santa and More

Hurry, Hurry! Some places have already released their 2021 tickets and they are selling out fast. There are quite a few magical events happening this Christmas 2021 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 2021 Cheshire – Cumbria – Greater Manchester – Lancashire – Merseyside

Please keep up-to-date with government guidance before booking or visiting. I am unsure of the following attractions policies on cancellations of events, please consider this before booking and check with them in advance. It may also be an idea to check with the attraction that everything is as advertised the day before you visit.

Please also 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 on sale

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? Weekends from 27 Nov – 19 Dec. Daily from 26 Dec – 2 Jan 

How much? Free for members of English Heritage. Adults £9.90, child 5-17 £6.


Bolesworth Castle – Christmas – Cheshire – Tickets on Sale

Bolesworth will be transformed into a illuminated winter wonderland this December. The magical 1.2 mile trail promises a dazzling after-dark experience for all of the family. You’ll travel alongside the lakeside with the backdrop of the castle lit to spectacular effect, then you’ll follow the winding pathways through the woods where you may spot a reindeer or two, travelling over bridges and through the spectacular grounds.

Standard tickets, plus ice skating tickets and Santa tickets are available.

Bolesworth Castle

Address: Bolesworth Rd, Tattenhall, Chester CH3 9HQ

When? 26th November to 24th December

How much? General admission for an adult costs from £20.37, children are from £13.40.


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 Friday 12 November –  Thursday 23 December,

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


Church Farm Events – Santa Experience – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

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? From £14-16 per person.


Cockfields Farm – North Pole Adventure – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

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.

Plus there will be a Toddler North Pole Adventure (click link above for more info).

Cockfields Farm

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

When? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adult £20, child £40. Under 1 £10.

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Dunham Massey – Christmas – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

“The after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens returns for its fifth year at Dunham Massey. Spend time together and create everlasting memories as you make your way through the mesmerising trail. Book early to avoid disappointment.”

National Trust

Address: Dunham Massey, Altrincham WA14 4SJ

When? From 19 November 2021 to 2 January 2022

How much? 1 adult ticket with parking costs £29 for general admission (less for members of the National Trust). Extra adults are £21, children 3-16 £13.50.


Farmer Parrs – Christmas 2021 – Lancashire – Tickets on sale soon

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.

Details to follow shortly….

Farmer Parrs

Address: Rossall Ln., Fleetwood FY7 8SL

When? TBC

How much? TBC


Farmer Teds – Farmer Christmas – Lancashire – Tickets on sale

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? Selected dates in November and December

How much? Adult tickets from £10.50, children 1-12 £23.20, under 1s are £7.95.


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 £19, some packages from £26.


Heaton Park – Lightopia – Greater Manchester – Tickets on sale

The never-before-seen, illuminated trail will feature magical and multi-sensory interactive lights, lanterns and installations, illustrating a story of an imaginative Christmas fantasy festive world. The immersive experience is the perfect Christmas adventure for family and friends, filled with wondrous light installations and mythical creatures, and featuring a magic circus display!

Address: Middleton Road, Manchester M25 2GT

When? From November 18th, 2021 – January 3rd, 2022.

How much? Adult £20, child 3-15 £13, family ticket £62, all tickets have an additional booking fee.


Holker Hall – Cavendish Christmas & Mini Grotto – Cumbria – Tickets on sale

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! 

Plus mini Grotto Experience – 11th and 12th December – Father Christmas is dropping by during his very busy schedule to Holker Hall & Gardens! He will take up residence in the Ilex with his magical Grotto. All the good boys & girls are invited to come and see Father Christmas to let him know their Christmas wishes.

Holker Hall

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

When? Cavendish Christmas – 26th-28th November / 1st-5th, 8th-12th and 15th-19th December

How much? £9 per adult with accompanied children under 16 going free. Mini Grotto – £4-19.95.


Knowsley Safari Park – Enchanted – Merseyside – Tickets on sale

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? Selected dates from 20th November to 30th December

How much? £9 per person, members £8, under 3s are free.

Best Christmas Events Merseyside 2020

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

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? 18th to 31st December

How much? Normal Entrance Fees to the Park apply – suggested donations for craft activities go to our animal conservation charities


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

Otterspool Adventure will be transformed into a Magical Family Christmas Experience, not to be missed this festive season. Watch a live Christmas Pantomime, visit Santa’s Grotto and much more! We’re located at one of Liverpool’s most iconic landmarks at Otterspool Promenade.

Otterspool Adventure

Address: 37 Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL

When? Selected dates from 27th November until Christmas Eve

How much? Prices vary. Prebooking is essential.


Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway – Santa Express – Cumbria – SOLD OUT

Our Santa Express event is back for 2021! Join us for a return trip to Dalegarth on one of our steam engines and whilst at Dalegarth, visit Santa in his grotto and receive your present. Stu-Di-Doo will be there to entertain everyone as well as plenty of activities at your reserved table. All tickets for the Santa Express must be booked in advance. You must arrive no later than 15 minutes before departure. You will want to arrive in good time as Santa has asked that you all receive a hot chocolate on arrival at Ravenglass station

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Address: Station, Main St, Ravenglass CA18 1SW

When? 27th November 2021 to 28th November 2021, 4th December 2021 to 5th December 2021, 11th December 2021 to 12th December 2021, 18th December 2021 to 23rd December 2021

How much? SOLD OUT


Tatton Park – Father Christmas at the Farm – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

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? Selected dates from 27th November to 21st December

How much? £8 per person.


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

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 in November and December

How much? Adult £17.95-19.95, child £29.95-31.95.


Walton Hall Gardens – Luminate – Cheshire – Tickets on sale

Walton Hall and Gardens are delighted to be hosting Luminate 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.

Walton Hall Gardens

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

When? 24th November to 24th December

How much? Tickets £14-16.50 per adult, £11-13 per child age 3-15, under 3s are free. Other pricing options are available.


Windmill Animal Farm – Santa Train – Lancashire – Dates To be confirmed

Visit Father Christmas on our railway! Your Santa train ticket includes full access to all our fantastic farm attraction, were all our animals will definitely be in the festive spirit. 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.

Address: Fish Lane, Burscough, Ormskirk L40 1UQ

When? TBC

How much? TBC


World of Beatrix Potter – Santas Best Ever Christmas – Cumbria – Tickets on sale

Join Father Christmas and friends in this brand new, festive, musical, interactive adventure to make 2021 Santa’s Best Ever 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! Songs include children’s favourites: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, The Hokey Cokey, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, and many more!

World of Beatrix Potter

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

When? 19th – 24th December

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

Best Christmas Events Cumbria 2020