Final yr I went all out with Christmas occasions and we did so many. I like Christmas however I don’t benefit from the commercialism and the over-buying it usually entails. So, reasonably than spending a fortune on cheesy Christmas presents for my youngsters, I made a decision to deal with them to some festive days out and Christmas occasions.
We stay on the border of Wrexham and Chester so we have a tendency to stay to Christmas occasions in North Wales and Cheshire.
As we’re attending to that point of yr the place everybody desires to e book their Christmas occasions I believed I’d share our ideas on those we did final yr.
Listed below are the Christmas occasions in North Wales and Cheshire we did final yr.
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Christmas at Gulliver’s Theme Park, Warrington
Greatest for: Greatest worth for a full time out
Christmas at Gulliver’s Theme Park in Warrington shocked me by being our favorite Christmas exercise out of all of the actions we did.
I believed it was nice worth for cash as a result of we spent all day there.
They’ve a North Pole prepare which takes you on a experience across the winter wonderland theme park, with stops at Santa’s workshop and a go to to Santa’s Grotto which was unbelievable.
The child’s all received a toy (and it was genuinely an important toy!) after which we had a full afternoon within the theme park.
Gulliver’s World was undoubtedly a Christmas exercise for the youngsters however when you’ve received little ones (anybody underneath 10) then they’re going to adore it.
It’s additionally value noting that they’ve Twixmas at Gulliver’s which might be an important present and a stunning exercise to proceed the festive enjoyable in that awkward, inbetween part.
There are Gulliver’s Theme Parks in 4 areas across the UK; Warrington, Matlock Tub, Milton Keynes and Rother Valley so I think about it might be a really comparable expertise in any respect 4 parks.
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The Polar Categorical from Telford
Greatest for: Youthful households
OK, so this one was a little bit of a let down for us and it wasn’t fairly as magical as I used to be anticipating.
The night earlier than we went on the Polar Categorical we watched the movie at dwelling and it was so thrilling and magical. After which we informed the children we had been occurring the actual one the subsequent evening. Pleasure was by means of the roof!
The Polar Categorical is a brief steam prepare journey the place Santa and the elves sing songs and also you get scorching candies and cookies like on the movie.
It has the potential to be actually magical nevertheless it simply wasn’t fairly there.
Our center son, Joseph (he’d simply turned 5), was not impressed. I believe he genuinely thought we had been occurring the actual Polar Categorical and he was upset to discover a pop-up marquee ready on the station, a tiny sprinkling of pretend snow and a rickety previous prepare. He mentioned the Santa didn’t look actual and one of many elves was miming reasonably than singing.
The prepare additionally didn’t really go anyplace. It went forwards for 2-3 minutes after which went backwards for 2-3 minutes. This additionally made my eldest son, George, really feel sick (however he’s a bit sweetie and sat there quietly and performed alongside for the advantage of his child sister).
So I’ll be sincere right here – this might have been actually magical however Joseph was in such a temper I didn’t significantly take pleasure in it.
I believed it was costly for what it was and it didn’t assist that Telford is sort of an extended drive for us so everybody was a bit fed up by the point we received there.
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Zipmas at ZipWorld
Greatest for: One thing completely different
This was a extremely enjoyable one. We’ve completed quite a lot of Christmas actions over time so it was good to do one thing fully completely different.
I’ve received a full Zipmas evaluate right here.
Zipmas is held on the ZipWorld slate cavern at Llechwedd. You start your journey with mince pies and scorching candies after which journey 500ft down into the mine on an previous and rickety prepare. It’s Europe’s steepest cable railway and the tunnel is adorned with Christmas lights as you creek down into the mine. The children beloved this half so we began on a excessive.
You then have about half-hour to wander across the chambers of the mine that are adorned with fairy lights and Christmas decor. You ultimately come to Santa’s grotto the place an unbelievable Santa (my youngsters all agreed he was undoubtedly the actual Santa) awaits for a festive chat in his cosy dwelling.
Whenever you get again to the highest you go right into a crafting space the place you’ll be able to beautify slate Christmas tree decorations. This half was additionally surprisingly enjoyable and it’ll be good to have these decorations on our tree every year. There was additionally an age-appropriate toy for every little one.
This can be a nice Christmas exercise in North Wales when you’ve already completed quite a lot of the opposite actions and wish to strive one thing new. It’s additionally enjoyable for older kids and I believe adults will genuinely take pleasure in this simply as a lot as the children do.
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Chester Zoo Lanterns
Greatest for: Combining with a day on the zoo for a full time out
Chester Zoo Lanterns is a basic Christmas occasion in Cheshire. We stay near the zoo so that is one thing everybody in our space does!
I’ve discovered the standard of Chester Zoo Lanterns varies from yr to yr. We discovered 2018 was one of the best yr by far and, whereas it has at all times been superb, it’s by no means been fairly pretty much as good because it was that yr and that’s at all times been a bit disappointing.
However when you’ve by no means been to the Lanterns then you definitely’ll don’t have anything to check it to and also you’ll adore it!
You enter the zoo after darkish and also you comply with a magical path across the zoo the place lanterns and performers are ready at each flip. There are dancers and puppets and all types of performers and the large, vibrant lantern animals look spectacular. There are additionally teepees serving food and drinks and every little one has a bit lantern to hold with them and this provides to the magic.
If Chester Zoo is a little bit of a drive for you then I’d suggest spending the entire day and getting tickets to go to the conventional zoo throughout daytime opening hours too. You don’t see any actual animals after darkish and this could be disappointing for some kids.
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Christmas at Bolesworth
Greatest for: Multi-generation/numerous adults
This was the primary time I visited Bolesworth Fortress and I’ve since realised they’ve so many unbelievable occasions all yr spherical. This lovely nation home is close to Tattenhall and is well-known for his or her equestrian occasions.
They host an unbelievable Christmas occasion which is gigantic with a lot occurring. There’s a grotto, an ice rink, a light-weight present, an enchanted gentle path by means of the forest, fairground rides, a water show on the lake, reindeer, food and drinks, interactive experiences, festive video games and even a lakeside champagne bar.
This can be a actually good Christmas occasion when you’re visiting with numerous adults as I really feel like there are simply as many grownup actions as there are kids’s actions.
Journey Hack Tip: It received muddy right here final yr so put on wellies or boots. For those who’re taking a pushchair, simply bear in mind that you simply may have to ditch it occasionally and are available again for it later.
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Magical Woodland at Delamere Forest
Greatest for: A magical night
This was the second yr we visited Magical Woodland at Delamere Forest. It truly is magical and when you’ve by no means visited a forest lightshow like this earlier than then you definitely’re in for an actual deal with.
We beloved it a lot the primary time we visited that I wrote a complete weblog put up about it: Magical Woodland Evaluation: An unbelievable out of doors expertise in Cheshire
However I’ve received to be sincere and say that it wasn’t fairly so magical the second time round. It was just about the identical Christmas expertise so, for the adults who remembered all of it, it was a bit samey.
I 100% suggest going right here when you’ve by no means been earlier than, however I wouldn’t suggest going two years on the run.
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North Hills Farm, Ruthin
Greatest for: Purchase your Christmas tree and have a Christmas expertise
North Hills Farm is without doubt one of the smaller Christmas occasions and can in all probability preserve you busy for an hour, nevertheless it’s a stunning one to mix with shopping for your Christmas tree.
This beautiful little farm has reindeer you’ll be able to feed at set occasions, a small store, a restaurant and little fires the place you’ll be able to roast marshmallows.
I wouldn’t go a good distance out of your method to go to the farm however when you’re within the space then it’s a really cute afternoon out.Discover out extra about North Hills Farm.
Christmas at Chirk Fortress
Greatest for: Nationwide Belief Members
For those who’re already a Nationwide Belief member then I extremely suggest a go to to Chirk Fortress at Christmas time. Whereas this isn’t a giant, flashy or noisy Christmas occasion like most of the others, it’s a fantastic and extra refined affair!
Chirk Fortress has a stunning gentle path by means of the gardens after which the citadel inside is adorned so fantastically. Monumental timber are adorned in every room, however I’ve to warn you that you’ll go dwelling with Christmas tree envy!Discover out extra about Christmas at Chirk Fortress.
Different Christmas occasions in Cheshire and North Wales I’d prefer to strive:
- Dunham Massey
- Heaton Park Lightopia
- Knowsley Safari Park
- Greenwood Household Park
- Llandudo 5k Santa Sprint