Santa’s Grotto in Manchester 2017
Christmas without Father Christmas is like Easter without bunnies or eggs; essentially, intolerably incomplete. Hence seeing Santa in his grotto is one of the most magical moments of Christmas for children. Undoubtedly, getting a toy from Santa emphatically adds to the joy.
Manchester Arndale Centre
As ever, Santa will be waiting to greet children in his Arndale Christmas grotto this year. Booking must be done online prior to visiting Santa. Each child receives a festive teddy bear at the end of the visit. Magically appearing between 16 November to 24 December, Santa will be seeing children for £5.50 each. Two adults go free during each booking and any additional adult will have to pay £1.
Speaking ahead of the 9-day visit, one of Santa’s elves told TNT, ‘the Grotto is really busy on weekends. As we get closer to Christmas it gets busier.
“The kids get a teddy bear from Santa and they can take pictures as well, but you will need to pay an extra fee”, she said.
Photo packages can be purchased following the visit. These include snow globes, baubles, glitter photo frames, mounts, keyrings and magnets.
The Polar Expedition
In Trafford, Mancunians are setting off on an adventure to the North Pole at this unique experience within Manchester’s Trafford Centre. Eskimo Elves will guide you through an arctic wonderland to meet Santa and his friends, including his baby reindeer, Norbert.
There is of course the opportunity to take home a family photograph with Santa as a memento of your special visit to The Polar Expedition. Tickets cost £7.50 for children and £5 for adults.
In Oldham, come to the ground floor of the Emporium Store to find Santa’s enchanting Grotto with an exciting new theme for 2017. Each child will get to meet with Santa himself, as well as receive an age appropriate gift.
Additionally, each visit will come with a professional quality photograph in a mount to take to remember the experience. Prices per child are £14.95, with adults admitted free of charge. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Do note, a booking fee of 90p applies to each transaction.
Winter Wonderland is coming to Manchester this December, transforming EventCity into a sparkling festive spectacle until 1 January 2018. It will feature more than 50 family rides and attractions, all under one roof.
At its heart will be Santa’s house where visitors will be able to explore the hallway, lounge, dining room, kitchen and bedroom. There will also be real reindeer, as well as elves and fairies – who will be ready to have s-elfies taken with youngsters.
Santa’s Gingerbread Grotto
Santa’s Gingerbread Grotto at the Chill Factore in Trafford will also be Santa’s home right up until Christmas Eve. Surrounded by real snow sparkling trees, glistening lights and chattering elves, Santa will be in his Gingerbread Grotto every weekend from 11 November and every day in December from 2nd right up until Christmas Eve.