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.
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.
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”.
A Horrible Histories Christmas-themed stage show is happening in Manchester this month
You can discover the story of how Christmas came to be what it is today in a new Horrible Histories stage show in Manchester later this month.
With the festive season officially upon us, temperatures dropping by the day, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, parents and guardians who are keen to keep the kids entertained but still educated while schools are out can grab tickets to a special Christmas-themed Horrible Histories stage show.
Heading out on a UK tour and stopping off at The Bridgewater Hall here in Manchester in a couple of weeks time, the impressive stage show is described as a festive celebration in the most “wonderful, funny, and moving way you’ll ever see”.
For many of us, when we think of Christmas, the magic of family, joy, goodwill, presents, and more usually come to mind, but how about Oliver Cromwell? Or even Henry VIII?
When Christmas comes under threat from a jolly man dressed in red, it’s up to one young courageous boy to save the day – but can he rescue Christmas? From Victorian villains, to medieval monks, Puritan parties to Tudor treats, you can join the Horrible Histories presents cast on a hair-raising adventure through the history of Christmas.
You’ll be in the company of Charles Dickens, Oliver Cromwell, King Henry VIII ,and St Nicholas as they all join forces to save the festive season.
Horrible Histories Christmas is coming to The Bridgewater Hall on Tuesday 20 December at 11:30am.
You can go on a festive tour of the Coronation Street set this Christmas
One of TV’s most famous streets has had itself a festive makeover, and fans can hear the stories of Christmas past on a behind-the-scenes tours.
In case you missed it, the ever-popular Coronation Street: The Tourreturned back in March after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s been giving fans of the iconic Manchester-based soap – which has recently celebrated 60 years on air – the chance to discover the hidden world that lies behind the camera at the external sets at MediaCityUK in Salford once again.
The 90-minute tours let you follow in the footsteps of all your favourite characters, and give you the chance to walk around the famous sets of the Rovers Return, Roys Rolls, Underworld, The Kabin, and so much more.
Tour guides are also known for sharing secrets of the show as they take you round the set too.
But now, with the festive season officially upon us, and Christmas soon to be here before we know it, Coronation Street has been turned into “the ultimate festive experience” for the all new behind-the-scenes tour – Christmas on the Cobbles.
This is your chance to experience the nation’s most famous street like never before.
Organisers are encouraging fans of the iconic soap to wrap up warm as they head out on an expert tour Coronation Street “dressed in its finest festive grandeur” to hear stories of Christmas past and spread yuletide cheer.
There’ll be carol singers dotted around the street’s famous sites, and festive treats like mince pies and gingerbread lattes to feast on.
The whole street will be festooned with lights and Christmas decorations
Christmas on the Cobbles Tours are running on selected dates this month up until 31 December, with tickets setting you back £28 for adults, £25.50 for under 16s, and £80 for families.