Christmas events in Cheshire – well, 2020 has been a funny old year so far, hasn’t it? It’s a bit too early to outline the Christmas events coming up in Cheshire yet, but here is a look back on last year for ideas of what will likely be happening in 2020.
Fairytales are the theme of the décor at Tatton this year – from the state rooms to the servants’ quarters – with music adding to the special atmosphere. It’s just one of several seasonal celebrations here this winter (26 Nov-5 Jan).
Nostalgic family favourites are brought to life as we join the Fairy Godmother on an enchanting journey through dark magical woodlands and enchanting forests. Find out who is the fairest of them all in the Dining Room and explore the Beast’s magnificent Library before being whisked away to Aladdin’s golden palace. Meander through the grand staterooms into a stunning Winter Wonderland where you’ll find Cinderella’s magnificent pumpkin coach and see if the slipper fits!
Guests can follow the sweetie trail through woodland towards the servants quarters where they’ll enter the Witches gingerbread house. Before you go, be sure to say a fond farewell to our resident fairy godmother who will have a tasty treat waiting for you!
Christmas Mansion Opening Times
- 26 Nov – 29 Nov 11am – 3pm
- 30 Nov –1 Dec 12pm – 4pm
- *3–6 Dec 11am – 3pm
- 7- 8 Dec 12 – 4pm
- 13 – 15 Dec 12pm – 4pm
- 20 – 22 Dec 12pm – 4pm
- 27–29 Dec 12pm – 4pm
- 31 Dec – 5 Jan 2020 –12pm – 4pm
Breakfast with Santa at Anderton Boat Lift
Santa will get the Christmas season started with two special breakfast events at the Anderton Boat Lift (30 Nov and 1 Dec), with gifts, games and stories. There’ll be magical Santa Cruises along the Weaver Navigation throughout December, too (30 Nov-24 Dec, canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/events/2019-11-30-santa-cruises).
A Victorian Christmas at the Lion Salt Works
They’ll be celebrating Christmas in Victorian style at the Lion Salt Works with music, traditional crafts and games, and steam engines to admire. The Rivendell choir and bell-ringers will provide the musical accompaniment (14-15 December, events.westcheshiremuseums.co.uk/event/a-victorian-christmas-at-the-works).
Christmas Floral Extravaganza at Arley Hall
Arley Hall will be dressed for the season with hundreds of fresh flowers and foliage from its gardens, an exquisite sight, especially on its Candlelight & Carols Evenings, and there will be floral demonstrations, too (from 30 Nov, various dates, arleyhallandgardens.com/event/christmas-floral-extravaganza-2019).
10 Festive Christmas Events in Cheshire 2020
Christmas at Capesthorne Hall
Capesthorne Hall will open its doors to reveal how Christmas is celebrated at a family-owned stately home. Musicians and school choirs will be on hand to entertain, plus craft stalls will be brimming with gift ideas (22-24 Nov, capesthorne.com/event/christmas-at-capesthorne).
‘Dear Santa’ at Crewe Lyceum
Will Santa deliver a fantastic present to Sarah this Christmas and will he get the gift to her in time with the help of his cheeky sidekick, Elf? All will be revealed at the Crewe Lyceum (1-2 Dec, crewelyceum.co.uk).
Rode Hall Christmas Farmers’ Market
There’ll be mistletoe, mince pies and mulled wine, and the sounds of the Silver Band, at Rode Hall’s festive farmer’s market, with 70 artisan food and craft stalls filled with gift ideas and treats for the table
(7 Dec, rodehallfarmersmarket.co.uk).
Christmas at Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet
The switch will be flipped for the lights, Europe’s largest walk-in artificial Christmas tree will go on display, and singers, dancers and acrobats will perform Cirque, a show inspired by The Greatest Showman (6 Nov, cheshireoaksdesigneroutlet.com).
An Audience with Father Christmas at Lyme Park
Lyme’s chapel will become a veritable grotto, complete with twinkling fairylights, this Christmas. It’s just the place to hear seasonal stories, meet Santa, and get in the festive spirit (23 Nov-24 Dec, nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme).
Festive Family Fun Weekend at Bents Garden & Home
Face painting, fairground rides, and an appearance by Santa are just some of the special treats in store for visitors to Bents in the run up to Christmas (7-8 Dec, bents.co.uk).