8 Magical Christmas Events in Manchester 2022

Magical Christmas Events in Manchester – Here at Yorkshire Wonders we are massive Christmas fans.  We are often in Manchester over Christmas, so I thought I would put a list together of some of the fabulous Christmas events going on this year!  There are Santa’s Grottos, Ice Skating, Magical Lanterns and Illuminated Christmas Trails. 

Something festive for everyone! 

Do check the individual websites for more info.  I have included events from the last two years and will hopefully be able to add dates as and when they are announced.  Fingers crossed all the lovely festive events will still be able to go ahead.


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Christmas Illuminated Trail at Dunham Massey

18 November 2022 and 2 January 2023

Christmas at Dunham Massey returns to the historic National Trust property in Cheshire on various dates from 19th November 2021 – 2nd January 2022.  We love these illuminated trails. 

As well as the illuminations there will be a Victorian carousel, helter-skelter and other family rides (you will need to pay extra for these) and keep your eyes peeled for Father Christmas and his helpers along the way. 

Discover new immersive installations as the magical winter trail is set to be bigger and better than ever. Now in its fifth year, the seasonal trail is established as a much-anticipated experience for all. 

See our post all about Christmas at Dunham Massey 


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Manchester Christmas Markets

Saturday the 12th of November 2022 until Thursday the 22nd December 2022

The Christmas Markets in Manchester have several different themes.  Cathedral Gardens, Market Street, Exchange Square, New Cathedral Street and the Corn Exchange all have the traditional Christmas Market.  Exchange Street has an Arts and Crafts Market, while you can find the French Christmas Market on King Street. 

A traditional German Market can be found in Manchester on St Ann’s Square, and Brazennose Street hosts the World Christmas Market.

See our post all about Christmas Markets in Manchester.


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Santa Train – East Lancashire Railway Santa Specials

26, 27 November, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20 – 24 December 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! at the East Lancashire Railway,

Treat the family to an enchanting voyage through the magical Irwell Valley, kick start your Christmas on one of our famous Santa Specials! There’s more family friendly fun, colourful characters and seasonal surprises than you can fit under a Christmas tree.

Immerse yourself into the festive atmosphere as you take a steam train trip with a host of happy elves and of course, Father Christmas!

Upon arrival you will make your way through the beautifully decorated winter wonderland at Bury Station, meet Mrs Claus and keep an eye open for the singing polar bears and the talking magic tree! You will then board your steam train for a journey up to Rawtenstall Station and back again. During the approximately 80-minute trip you will get a chance to meet your favourite Christmas characters, and have a good old sing along with the band.

While you travel, Santa himself will visit your carriage with a gift for every little one (selected by age band), there will be plenty of time to have a chat with him and take a Santa selfie or two. There will also be mince pies and a festive tipple or soft drink for every grown up in the party and an additional fruit shoot, chocolates and activity pack for the children.

Also have a look at our posts on Santa trains throughout the UK.



Christmas Lanterns at Chester Zoo

Selected dates from Friday 11 November – Friday 23 December

This Christmas, something magical is happening at Chester Zoo as our enchanting festive event, The Lanterns, returns.  Join us as we transform the zoo into a spectacular wonderland, full of sparkle, illumination and a sprinkling of snow! 

Set off on The Great Christmas Expedition to discover exotic illuminated wildlife and animal characters in nine different fantastical worlds; each one different to the last – from traditional festive scenes to colourful animal-inspired illuminations.  This year the updated route will take you on a journey through new worlds that will have your imagination running wild.

You’ll be transported to the bottom of the sea in Underwater where you’ll need to dodge the jellyfish and fish before coming face to face with a HUGE octopus!  Then make your way through Tropical Dreams which will be a dramatic centrepiece, complete with new beautiful lanterns.  Then suspend belief as you take the Night Sky Adventure and travel through the clouds and stars, under the moonlight.


Christmas lanterns Chester Zoo


Winterfunland, Eventcity, Manchester Christmas Events

Still waiting for details for 2022.

Christmas is rapidly approaching and the team at Winter Funland is working hard together with Santa and the elves to get the North West England’s Largest Indoor Winter Wonderland ready in time… This year’s Christmas Winter Wonderland bonanza is taking place in EventCity, intu Trafford Centre, Greater Manchester.

Winterfunland Tickets are all-inclusive and include access to great attractions, all undercover at BEC Centre (5 Minutes’ drive from Event City), Manchester:

  • A magical festival circus- The Circus of Truth
  • A indoor funfair
  • Variety of mouth-watering festive foods

Winterfunland Tickets are all-inclusive and include access to great attractions.

  • HUGE ice-skating rink
  • A Christmas festival circus
  • A gigantic indoor funfair
  • Variety of mouth-watering festive foods
  • Santa’s Grotto


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Santa’s Grotto at Chill Factore – Christmas Events Manchester

Still waiting for details for 2022

Twinkly lights, real snow and a magical grotto can only mean one thing – Santa has come to Chill Factore. Treat all the family to the ultimate Christmas experience with family fun in Mini Moose Land and Snow Park, plus a snowy visit to see Santa himself for only £2.50 more than our full priced Snow Park or Mini Moose Land passes. Book below for an exclusive ticket. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so why not make it even more special by taking your little ones on an unforgettable journey where they can join in with the festivities here at Santa’s Manchester grotto. From meeting jolly Santa Claus to playing in real snow, we have everything you need for a magical Christmas experience.


Santa's Grotto at Chill Factore Manchester


Tatton Park – An enchanting Christmas Event in Manchester

Still waiting for details for 2022.

Tatton Park – 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!


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Ice Village in Manchester Christmas Event

This did not come back in 2021 and I can’t see anything about it in 2022 sadly.

The Ice Village will return to Manchester’s Cathedral Gardens this Christmas, featuring attractions such as a new -10 degrees Ice Tiki Bar, a brand-new ice skating rink, an ice cavern and an unmissable Santa experience. 

What To See And Do At The Ice Village Manchester

At the Ice Village Manchester you’ll find the Ice Cavern, an amazing interactive ice sculpture experience for the whole family, the Tiki Bar, Santa’s Grotto and an ice rink.

What’s On At The Ice Village Manchester

Alongside the Ice Cavern, Santa’s Grotto and Ice Rink, Ice Village Manchester will be putting on games and entertainment, a stage hosting a variety of talented performers each day, children’s craftmarket stallslive ice sculpting and Ice Village tours.


Ice Village Manchester




Also have a look at our post on Christmas events in Yorkshire, Chester and in the Lake District.