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Huge ice rink, festive funfair, magical movie screenings, and more coming to Trafford Centre this Christmas

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 2nd November 2022

A huge winter ice rink, festive funfair, and screenings of magical movies are just a handful of the activities coming to the Trafford Centre this Christmas.

With not long to go until the festive season is here, and Greater Manchester already starting to get into the spirit, the Trafford Centre has revealed that its much-loved annual Tinseltown celebrations are back by popular demand for 2022.

The Stretford-based shopping centre is set to be transformed into “a magical haven full of festive fun”.

Gearing up to be the perfect place to spend time “creating memories and celebrating the Christmas season”, Tinseltown is kicking-off on Friday 18 November.

This year’s Tinseltown celebrations will include a festive funfair full of exciting rides for all the family, and a huge covered winter ice rink for visitors to glide away on under a sky full of twinkling lights while festive music plays, all before sitting down to watch SNOWSTORM 2 – the “sensational” ice skating show with an international cast of skaters and performers on the 200 sq ft of shimmering real ice.

Tinseltown will take over from Friday 18 November 2022 until 2 January 2023 / Credit: Trafford Centre

You can also expect a festive food and drink hub, the chance to enjoy the glittering lights and sights from up above on a staggering 55-metre high big wheel, and plenty of opportunities to Christmas shop til your heart’s content.

There’ll also be lots live music entertainment playing all throughout the day to set the festive scene.


Of course, the Trafford Centre’s beloved Christmas Grotto will also be making a return for 2022 – but this year, it’s set to be even more exciting because Paddington Bear will be joining Santa as this year’s special festive guest.

That’s not all either, as what’s Christmas without watching a couple of festive flicks? The Trafford Centre has also announced it’ll be screening a selection of some of the most-popular Christmas films every Saturday afternoon in the run-up to the big day itself.

You can catch The Nightmare Before Christmas on 19 November, Frozen on 26 November, How the Grinch Stole Christmas on 3 December, and Arthur Christmas on 10 December, all before the classic that is Home Alone rounds it all out on 17 December.


Tinseltown will take over from Friday 18 November 2022 until 2 January 2023.

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You can find out more about Tinseltown 2022, and book your tickets to each of the events on the Trafford Centre website here.

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