In the month leading up to the C word, our guide to top family things to do together is about both outdoor and indoor adventures and the top family festive tickets to book now for.
We recommend booking now for Chester Zoo’s theatrical Lanterns experience which encompasses nine new zones including an Ice Kingdom.
We are more than excited for the premiere of comedian Jackie Hagan’s children’s show which has the best title in the world, The Forest of Forgotten Discos. Part of Contact’s In The City programme head to Hope Mill for this show which is set to be something else.
At Eureka! there are three new family things to do in Halifax including brand new Patternarium exhibition, winter show and the most inclusive and welcoming Santa’s grotto in the land.
Finally, Our Kids Social are laying on a family new year’s eve party in the daytime at YES so those with nippers don’t miss out.
Phew. Better get those diaries out!
Here are our picks
Who doesn’t love a charmingly grumpy character? Especially when it’s the big man himself? Lucky for us that the critically acclaimed production of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale docks at Waterside this Christmas.
Get your tickets quick to have your eyes opened by a whole other (animal) world this festive season. Mark Williams (The Fast Show) stars in the title role of this major new musical adaptation.
Bookworms rejoice! The first exhibition to celebrate illustrator Quentin Blake’s decades-long partnership with author and childhood friend John Yeoman promises literary larks and crazy characters for all.
Explore a maze of mirrors and take part in Star Wars inspired sound battles in over 20 new state-of-the-art experiences in this new exhibition.
Explore the story of democracy through a special display of banners that were integral to the women’s suffrage movement, as well as other campaigns for representation at the People’s History Museum.
Investigate the brand new 1918 setting for atmospheric street installation Lark Hill Place, then let loose in Peel Park.
Make tracks for Manchester’s Science and Industry Museum. A one-in-a-lifetime chance to see Stephenson’s Rocket return to the site of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway for the first time in over 180 years.
A headline event for Manchester Science Festival, this super-charged new exhibition tells the story of our quest to understand, unlock and master the power of electricity.
The Manchester Christmas Markets are one of the biggest and busiest Christmas markets in Europe. Happening across Manchester city centre from 9 November to 20 December. Pick up stocking-fillers stuff yourself with German sausage and wash down with lashings of glühwein.
Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head is transformed into a winter wonderland for the return of the much-loved Liverpool Christmas Ice Festival
Taking place at Band on the Wall over four Saturdays, the Guide to the World of Music taster sessions will help young people learn how to sing, play and discover new music.