Elf Adventure Challenge
Who wouldn’t like to learn how to be an Elf?!! This is a brilliant family fun experience that doesn’t get more Christmassy! I’ll definitely be bringing my two little ones!!
When: From December 9 until December 24 (Cheshire); and November 25 until December 24 (Manchester). Note the experience is not open every day as the elves are busy preparing for Christmas, so please check the website.
Where: Ice Cream Farm, Tattenhall, Cheshire, or Great Northern Warehouse, Deansgate, Manchester
Price: Tickets are £12 per person, with discounts for bookings of 4 or more.
Liverpool Ice Festival
Liverpool’s Ice Festival returns again to its new home at Liverpool’s Pier Head and promises to be bigger and better.
There will be a super-sized triple-lane ice slide, larger ice rink, giant ferris wheel and 50 traditional German market stalls making it Liverpool’s biggest Christmas market.
The Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival also features an Ice Bar with a sub-zero room of crystal clear ice sculptures where even the bar, tables and chairs are carved from real ice.
When: From November 17 through Christmas and New Year until January 7.
Where: Pier Head, Liverpool
Price: Adult skate tickets are priced £11.50, children aged 13-15, OAPS, concessions and students £10.50, children aged three to 12 years £9.50 and a family of two adults and two children OR one adult and three children £36.
Ice slide tickets are £5 for three runs and can be bought in advance online by visiting icefestivalliverpool.co.uk
Christmas pop-up party Hinterland will transform a two-acre plot of land near Old Trafford into a winter woodland blanketed with artificial snow for three days of festive fun.
A village of 10 giant tipis will host an immersive Arctic dining experience, with welcome drinks and a two-course Christmas dinner served under their canopies.
A Northern Lights bar will host live bands and DJs, complete with a light show inspired by the aurora borealis.
Guests can also take a dip in a wood-fired hot tub, which will be available to book on the night.
When: December 6 to 8, 6pm to 12.30pm
Where: Waterside, Old Trafford
Price: Shared tipi dining from £30.50, private tipis £45 per person (minimum 15 people)
Dunham Massey will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland this Christmas.
The illuminated experience features a sparkling new trail filled with singing trees, twinkling tunnels, a scented fire garden, a canopy of more than 100k lights and, of course, Father Christmas.
Inspired by the landscape itself, visitors will be greeted by the sights and sounds of Christmas, wander beneath tree canopies illuminated in seasonal shards of light and amongst larger-than-life snowflakes and baubles.
The magical, after-dark experience is running from December 1 until Christmas Eve and is aimed at all ages.
Father Christmas will be there to see visitors on their way through twinkling tunnels while in the distance they catch a glimpse the flickering plumes of the scented Fire Garden.
There’ll be festive refreshments on offer too – in the form of spiced cider, mulled wine and hot chocolate – and you’ll be able to toast your own marshmallows at one of the fire pits.
When: December 1 to 24
Where: Dunham Massey
Price: Advance tickets £16 adults, £10 children aged five to 16 and £48 for a family. On the day prices are £18, £12 and £56 respectively.