The summer holidays are fast becoming a distant memory, and now that we are in Autumn it means it is perfectly acceptable to start mentioning Christmas. I *may* have even started to buy a few presents. But Christmas is not just about giving and receiving  presents, stuffing ourselves full of chocolate and drinking sherry. It’s a chance to get together with family and friends, and enjoy the many Christmas attractions that happen each year.

Winter Wonderland Manchester

For the past 2 years we have visited Winter Wonderland in Manchester, which is the biggest indoor Christmas attraction located at Event City (next to the Trafford Centre). You can read our reviews here and here.

Winter Wonderland is returning for its fourth consecutive year from Saturday 10th December 2016 to Monday 1st January 2017, and they have just announced lots of exciting new shows for this year.

Winter Wonderland Bear

The mammoth 22,000 sq m exhibition space will be transformed into an unbelievable wonderland extravaganza, featuring over 50 family rides and attractions all under one roof – including new rides for 2016 featuring a giant carousel, and all included in one ticket price. As well as the rides and the bright lights, there will be a dazzling array of colourful shows including an exciting new addition for 2016 – a Christmas pantomime, Cinderella.


To coincide with the new Star Wars film, the festive force will be awakened at Winter Wonderland this year with the launch of a brand new Sci-Fi show. Inspired by Star Wars, there will be Jedi Knight training so you can channel your inner Luke Skywalker.

This year, Winter Wonderland is delighted to welcome the nation’s favourite fox – Basil Brush!  Come and see naughty uncontrollable Basil, along with his chum Mr Matt who will together take you on a journey of laughter and song, in a show packed with fun and excitement. A show for all the family, come and join in the mayhem.  In Basil’s own words…”Boom Boom”

The spectacular Christmas Circus also makes a welcome return delivering the finest collection of circus acts that will leave everyone marvelled and amazed with daily performances. 

Of course, Christmas would not be complete without visiting Santa Claus. And this year, Santa is inviting all the children to come and visit him in his house which he has transported all the way from the North Pole! You can walk through all his rooms including his bedroom where he swaps his red suit for his PJs! And for an extra £3.50 he will throw in a little gift too! Don’t forget to stop and say hi to the real reindeer, not forgetting Rudolph of course!

Plus, if you are still pining for the summer, there will be a beach where you can build a sandcastle or enjoy a well-deserved rest in a deckchair! And you may get the chance to meet Pip Ahoy from Channel 5’s Milkshake!

There will also be a whole host of games stalls and a vast array of food and drinks stalls to purchase refreshments including hot snacks and sweet treats.

Sweet Treats

Winter Wonderland operates on a session basis to ensure visitors can enjoy the experience without overcrowding offering families four hours of non-stop fun and entertainment.

Tickets are available NOW priced at £19.50 for children and adults, OAPs £14 and under threes FREE. Family tickets are available for £64. (booking fees apply).

To book tickets, view session times and for more information visit 

We can’t wait to visit and officially start the Christmas countdown.



6 Thoughts on “Winter Wonderland Manchester opens 10th December 2016

  1. Oh I’d love to go there!
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    • Tracey Williams on October 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm said:

      It’s a really good attraction in the run up to Christmas Rachel. My daughter is 10 and she can’t wait to go again this year x

  2. Cant wait to do the London one! think we could be visiting manchester too!
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    • Tracey Williams on October 5, 2016 at 3:38 pm said:

      The Manchester one is great as it’s all indoors. Would love to visit London and do the one in Hyde Park too x

  3. My friend lives in Manchester and always speaks highly of their festive events – I haven’t visited her over Christmas time before so this needs to change I think 😀
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    • Tracey Williams on October 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm said:

      Oh definitely Sam, and your kids would love Winter Wonderland. Plenty of Premier Inns close by if you wanted to make a night of it x

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