12 Things to do in the North West this Christmas

If you’re looking to make the most of the Christmas period, there are dozens of events, activities, and festive goings-on taking place in the North West this year. So whether you’re celebrating the season with little ones or making merry with friends, there’s something to keep everyone happy at this most magical time of year.


Below, we’ve handpicked a selection of things to see and do in the North West this Christmas – perfect for those hoping to eat, drink, shop, and be merry this festive season.

Family Christmas Events in the North West

Things to eat at Christmas in Manchester


1.     Chester Zoo Lanterns


Christmas and cute animals – what could be better? If you’re hoping to truly enchant the kids this holiday season, make for Chester Zoo, where a spectacular wonderland awaits. The zoo has transformed its grounds for the festive period, with its “The Lanterns” illuminations only adding to what is always a memorable day out for kids and grown-ups alike.


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2.     Christmas at Delamere Forest


Something magical has arrived in Delamere Forest for the Christmas period, with the woodland transformed into an enchanting winter woodland. Spectacular illuminations guide you through the forest, accompanied as you go by a soundtrack of Christmas classics. And with independent street foods, gift stalls, and Santa’s Grotto, a visit to Delamere promises an unmissable evening for young and old.


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3.     One Snowy Night: A Percy the Park Keeper Christmas Garden Event


Taking place in the beautiful Tatton Park, One Snowy Night is an enchanting festive trail inspired by Nick Butterworth’s book of the same name. Armed with your trail sheet, you and your little helpers must follow the clues through the park to discover how Percy helps his animal friends on a cold Christmas Eve. Ideal for younger children, it’s a great way to blow out the cobwebs and enjoy a wintry walk between now and the New Year.


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4.     Festive Afternoon Tea with Santa


Wondering how to spend your cosy pre-Christmas Sunday? Join us at The Mere for a special festive afternoon tea, where you can indulge in some delicious sandwiches while the kids get ready to meet the big man himself, Santa Claus. With a menu of sandwiches, pastries, and hot festive drinks, it promises to be a magical afternoon. Be quick, though, as spaces are going fast. Click the link below to book today.


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Christmas Shopping in the North West


5.     Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet


If clothes, shoes and accessories are on your Christmas list, there’s no better place to get what you need than Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet. With 140 designer stores and no fewer than 15 dining experiences, it’s the ideal place to finish your Christmas shopping and enjoy a day out. Plus, Cheshire Oaks are offering a packed programme of festive events between now and the New Year, including the ever-popular Winter Village Christmas market.


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6.     Chester Christmas Market


While the Manchester Christmas markets may be some of Europe’s largest, we think Chester’s festive fairs clinch it on Christmassy-ness alone. With the city’s iconic architecture offering the ideal Dickensian backdrop, the Chester Christmas markets are the ideal place to pick up some unique stocking fillers while enjoying a mulled wine or two. This year, the markets are running until 22 Dec, so you’ve still plenty of time to savour the magic.


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7.     The Trafford Centre


If you can brave the crowds and the queues, Manchester’s premier shopping destination, The Trafford Centre, is the ultimate one-stop -shop for those last-minute Christmas presents. If you’re someone who likes to get their shopping done in one fell swoop, The Trafford Centre is the place, with hundreds of big-name brand stores to cover all those gift-buying bases. Plus, like Cheshire Oaks, The Trafford Centre is hosting several festive events in the run-up to Christmas, so you can keep the whole family entertained while you get that shopping done.


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8.     Warrington Market


If you’re all about supporting independent retailers and giving unique gifts, Warrington Market is well worth a look on your Christmas shopping tour of the North West. With 50 independent traders under one roof, you’re sure to find something for all those on your shopping list, including jewellery, clothes, makeup, perfume and Fairtrade products. Plus, there’s food and drink aplenty, so you can make a day of it while supporting local businesses.


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Festive Food and Drink in the North West

Christmas drinks in the north west


9.     The Reindeer Lounge


The Reindeer Lounge is Northwich’s new outdoor festive venue, a place where you can enjoy food, drink and live music throughout the Christmas period. With a heated, covered space and a fully licensed bar, it’s the premier destination for a festive tipple complete with a packed programme of live acts and street food stalls. Be sure to visit the dedicated Reindeer Lounge page below to see what’s coming up throughout December.

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10.     Manchester Christmas Markets


If you can live with a little hustle and bustle, the Manchester Christmas markets are the premier destination for festive food and drink. With a whole host of bars, food stalls, and eateries dotted across the markets’ sprawling site, you can happily spend a whole day enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes. Expect the usual festive fare like mulled wine and German bratwurst, as well as a great selection of unique flavours from around the world.


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11.     Christmas Day Lunch


Don’t feel like cooking Christmas dinner this year? There’s no shame in that. A growing number of families are choosing to leave the cooking and cleaning to someone else on Christmas Day, and where better to wine and dine in style than The Mere’s Browns Restaurant? We’re still taking reservations for our signature six-course Christmas dinner, so you can indulge in all the trimmings in our stunning restaurant. Click the link below to learn more.


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12.     New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Sure, we might not have got to Christmas yet, but it’s never too early to make plans for New Year’s Eve. Why not bring 2022 in with a bang this year at The Mere, where we’re celebrating in style with an evening of food, entertainment, dancing, and, of course, a firework display. Our delicious New Year’s Eve Menu is the perfect way to mark the end of another year, while great music and a sparkling menu of festive tipples will keep the party going long into the New Year. Book your place via the link below.


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We hope this guide helps you to enjoy some safe and memorable festive days out this Christmas period. Remember, if you want to get away from it all and soak up the spirit of the season, our doors are always open. Whether it’s a round of golf, an indulgent dinner, or a relaxing stay in one of our luxury suites, we promise to make this Christmas one to remember. For more information or to book, visit the homepage or call us on 01565 830155.