Christmas family days out in the North West

The twinkling lights have been unravelled and the brightly coloured baubles have been polished ready to bring Christmas to special places in the North West. Seek out clues on Christmas trails, enter a winter wonderland or travel back in time to experience Christmas traditions from the past.

A family walking in winter at Quarry Bank

Christmas traditions at Quarry Bank

Discover Christmas traditions from the past and make new memories as a family at Quarry Bank. Bundle up in hats and scarves and follow the reindeer trail in the garden or experience what Christmas would’ve been like for the child apprentices who worked in the mill. Warm up after exploring with a hot chocolate topped off with marshmallows in the Weaving Shed restaurant.

Family Christmas

Christmas stories at Lyme

Bring the family on a day of discovery to explore festive memories and stories from the past at Lyme. See the rooms decorated for a Christmas wedding celebration, a ball, and a festive feast complete with different dishes the people who lived at Lyme would've tucked into at this time of year. Get into the festive mood with warming mulled apple juice and a mince pie in our cosy Servant's Hall.

A father and son enjoy the Great Hall at Christmas

Christmas sights, sounds and smells at Speke

The outdoors comes indoors at Speke with huge handmade decorations made from greenery, and a Christmas tree reaching as high as the ceiling. Enjoy carol singing, make your own sugar mice or solve festive clues on the Christmas trail inside and outdoor. Start your festive feasting early with yummy treats in the restaurant including a Yorkshire pudding roast beef wrap, deluxe hot chocolate, and raspberry and white chocolate scones.

Jester in the courtyard

Christmas capers at Little Moreton Hall

Experience a Tudor style Christmas inside the wonky house at Little Moreton Hall. Tap your toes to live music, gather the family round for storytelling and giggle at our jesters. For the first time, Father Christmas will also be stopping by to meet families, but you'll have to be quick to book your place.

A child enjoying the Christmas lights at Dunham Massey

Christmas days and nights Dunham Massey

We have a special guest joining us during the day at Dunham Massey this year...and it's not who you think it is. Meet Percy the Park Keeper for festive family tales from his park, with a hot chocolate and biscuit too. Little ones will also receive a gift from Percy to take home. And it wouldn't be Christmas at Dunham Massey without the after-dark illuminated trail - the sparkle and magic is back for a third year.

A girl and a boy enjoying hot chocolate and cake

Christmas with the family (and donkeys) at Rufford Old Hall

There's something to get all the family into the festive spirit at Rufford Old Hall. Add your Christmas wish to the wishing tree, book your place to meet Father Christmas and see the hall decorated for our favourite time of year. Instead of reindeer (who are busy this time of year preparing for the big night) we have donkey rides and yummy treats in the Victorian Tea-room for all ages too.

Father Christmas meets little girl at Lyme, Cheshire

Meet Father Christmas in the North West 

Father Christmas is coming to the North West – and he's going to be busy! Don't miss out on your chance to meet the man himself this Christmas.