Christmas family fun 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. For something extra special, wrap up warm to explore the magical, Christmas illuminations at Dunham Massey.

A family walking in winter at Quarry Bank

A winter wonderland at Quarry Bank

Enter a winter wonderland at Quarry Bank to discover classic Christmas stories including A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and The Snow Queen. Have a go at festive crafts, explore the indoor winter woodland or wrap up warm to follow the frozen clues on the trail outside.

Children exploring the festive outdoors

Toddle, dash or take a wizard's tour at Speke

We're taking Christmas outside at Speke Hall on 15 & 16 December. Bring the whole family for a festive walk and stretch your legs on the Rudog Dash or Tinsel Toddle. If magic’s more your thing, then take the Winter Wizard’s tour around Speke. Warm up with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallow s'mores to round off the day nicely.

Father Christmas meets little girl at Lyme, Cheshire

A Christmas time with a difference at Lyme

Explore festive traditions from the past at Lyme as we celebrate a Regency Christmas. See what different activities the family got up to during their month of festive fun from St. Nicholas’s Day through to Twelfth Night. Take part in craft activities, carol singing and games. A special bearded man will also be stopping off at Lyme this Christmas, but you’ll have to be quick to make sure you’re on his list.

Boy admiring a decorated Christmas tree

Christmas in the courtyard at Dunham Massey

Get creative with crafts, play family games or join in with storytelling as we bring Christmas to the courtyard at Dunham Massey. Help Edwardian children, Roger and Jane to find all their toys on the Christmas trail and claim your prize. Make sure you climb aboard the Christmas sleigh to pose for the perfect festive photo.

Jester in the courtyard

Music, jesters and storytelling at Little Moreton Hall

Enjoy a spiced drink and a ginger biscuit before you explore how a Tudor family would have celebrated Christmas, with feasts, decorations, displays and entertainment. At weekends the Hall will come to life with live music, storytelling and jesters.

Father Christmas and a young girl

Putting the magic into Christmas at Rufford Old Hall

From magic shows and donkey rides to carols and Father Christmas himself, there's something to get all the family into the festive spirit at Rufford Old Hall. Make sure you add your Christmas wish to the wishing tree.

Christmas lights at Dunham Massey

Christmas sparkle at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey’s biggest and brightest Christmas event returns for a second year with plenty more surprises. Experience the garden and historic buildings all aglow for a magical outdoor, after-dark experience. Toast marshmallows round the fire pit, take a ride on a vintage carousel and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he waves you on your way.