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Paddington Bear will be the special festive guest at Trafford Centre’s grotto this Christmas

The 'Christmas with Paddington' grotto is gearing up to be "a memorable festive experience".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 26th October 2022

The Trafford Centre has announced that a very special guest will be making an appearance for its Christmas celebrations this year.

With not long to go until the festive season is here, and Greater Manchester already starting to get into the spirit, the Stretford-based shopping centre has revealed that its much-loved Christmas Grotto is back by popular demand for 2022 as part of its annual Tinseltown celebrations – and this year is set to be extra-special as Santa will be joined by a famous guest.

Paddington is digging out his Christmas hat and heading to the Trafford Centre next month.

The shopping centre’s grotto is always a highlight of the festive season each year, but it’s expected to be bigger and better than ever before with Paddington’s arrival.

Gearing up to be some proper festive fun for all the family, the Christmas with Paddington grotto experience – which is curated by award-winning experiential events company Bakehouse Factory – will include fun photo opportunities for all ages, the chance to travel through snowy festive trees and scenic street scenes, and so much more.


There’ll also a mesmerising interactive doll’s house that features Paddington’s famous attic window, and kids will be invited to tiptoe across the Christmas night time rooftops of the beautiful Windsor Gardens, before being transported to the hallway of the Browns’ house to finally meet Paddington.

After snapping a photo with the world-famous bear, families will then be guided in groups to meet the big man Santa himself.


A Paddington book as a special gift from Santa and families can enjoy browsing a 

Not only will families be able to take a look round a pop-up Paddington shop for quality memorabilia and gifts to take home with them, but Santa will also give each child a Paddington book as a special gift to remember from the magical experience.

Paddington Bear will be the special festive guest at Trafford Centre’s grotto this Christmas / Credit: Adrien Welch

And, on weekdays throughout November, the Christmas with Paddington experience will also be open for interactive storytelling sessions that are specifically-designed for pre-school children, schools, and nurseries.


Each storytelling session also includes the chance to meet Paddington.

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The Christmas with Paddington grotto at the Trafford Centre will be open every weekend from 16 November – 24 December 2022 for families of all ages to enjoy what’s already being described as “a memorable festive experience”.

Find out more and grab tickets here.

Featured Image – Trafford Centre