Where to Visit Santa in Manchester 2023

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Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year when the nights start drawing in, the central heating goes on and the Christmas decorations arrive in the shops. On every parent’s to do list is getting the children to write to Santa and plan a Santa visit, oh and don’t forget the advent calendar!

So where can we see Santa in Manchester in 2023, here is all the info you need including prices and how to book.

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Breakfast with Santa at Selfridges, Manchester Trafford Centre 2023

Step into the magical Selfridges Christmas Café by Gooey and enjoy a festive breakfast with Santa and Mrs Claus (alongside their trusty elf sidekicks). Bring the family for a morning filled with festive fun and delicious treats – plus, a personalised gift from the man himself.

Breakfast with Santa is a family experience, suitable for children aged 3-10 years, all attendees require a ticket. Please ensure you state any allergies when booking tickets and choosing your breakfast menu.

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the booking start time to make sure you’re there to see Santa’s big entrance. On arrival, please enter the store via our main entrance on 1, where our elves will greet you at the Café.

Your booking confirmation must be presented on arrival, so please bring it with you. All attendees including adults must purchase a ticket.

Tickets are £35 per person and bought as a table. There is a minimum of 2 people per table.

Date and time

  • Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 December – 9am & 10:30am
  • Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 December – 9am & 10:30am
  • Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 December – 9am & 10:30am
  • Monday 18 , Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 December – 10am
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Father Christmas at Trafford Centre 2023

In a magical realm of wonder and delight, where dreams find life and sending letters to Santa is no ordinary task. Families are invited to explore the Candy Cane Land and Enchanted Forest in pursuit of Santa’s Merry Mailroom. Guided by Santa’s cheerful Elves, a series of challenges and tasks await as they embark on a whimsical quest, leading them to Santa’s cosy festive cabin where you can personally deliver your own special letters to the Santa Claus.

Prices, Child – £25 pp | Adult – £7.50 pp, Babies (Under 12 months) are f ree (no gift will be given with this ticket)

Date and Time

Open from the 18th November to 24th December and set in the heart of the Trafford Centre by the Dolphin Fountain, this is a Grotto experience not to be missed, book early so you don’t miss out.

Dine With Santa at Chester Zoo

Get ready for a warm welcome from Santa’s elves at The Oakfield’s Christmas-themed grotto—they might even snap an ‘elf-ie’ with you! Indulge in a delightful full English breakfast or a traditional Christmas lunch expertly crafted by Santa’s helpers, set in our beautifully festive Garden Room with enchanting views of the zoo. Every child is in for a personal meet-and-greet with Santa and will receive a special gift straight from the North Pole.

Tickets, Adult – £25, Child – £35, Infant (under 3) – £15. Zoo admission is not included


Friday, Saturday and Sunday only between 24 November – 17 December
Daily between 18 December – 23 December. Excluding 10 and 18 December. 

Enjoy a Santa Experience at Cockfields Farm

Experience a festive lineup with a professional photo opportunity with Santa, bear-building at the Elf Academy, encounters with real-life Prancer and Dancer, crafting the perfect Gingerbread Man in Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen, a magical Christmas story from the Reindeer Keepers, animal cuddling in Elf Village, posting a Thank You letter in the North Pole Post Box, and enchanting Snowfall sessions.


  • Full experience £18.00 for adults, £38.00 for children and £10.00 for infants under 1.
  • The Mini Experience aimed at toddlers, £15.00 for adults, children £25.00 infants under 1 is £10.00


Throughout November and December. (The mini experience is during term time in December)

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Father Christmas at Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford 2023

A holiday favourite, families can see Santa and his elf helpers in a festive grotto at the Farm. Enjoy roaming entertainers, live music with festive choirs and brass bands and stop off for a tasty treat in the Christmas Cafe. 

Don’t forget to take your photo in Santa’s sleigh and make your own magical reindeer food in the Mill to take home and sprinkle around on Christmas Eve!

Tickets are strictly limited to see Santa at tatton Park in 2023 and must be booked online in advance. Plan your festive day out below. 

Price: Adult £10 (includes Farm entry), Child £12 (includes Farm entry and gift from Father Christmas)


Bookable timeslots from 10:30am – 2:30pm on the following weekends:

  • 25 & 26 November
  • 2 & 3 December
  • 9 & 10 December
  • 16 & 17 December
  • 22 & 23 December
  • 24 December – Christmas eve 


Book tickets here.


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Winterfunland, Manchester

Winter Funland is back for 2023 with UK’s most awaited Christmas funfair. What did the Reindeer say to the elf? Find out yourself at our indoor carnival in Trafford Park, Manchester! Visit the BEC Arena, from 17th December 2023 to 1st January 2024 and celebrate your Christmas and New Year with us. Book your tickets now!

Our funfair is a magical Christmas experience, with unlimited rides and an ice rink included in the price of each ticket. How much fun can you pack into your 3.5 hour session? Aimed at under 9s, Winter Funland Manchester is full of child friendly rides, bringing plenty of smiles and laughter to those little faces. You can also glide, wobble and giggle to your heart’s content on our ice rink.

Skating and funfair rides can work up quite an appetite, so we have amazing food and drinks available too. With popcorn, burgers, pizzas, candyfloss, hot dogs and chips – you’ll find plenty of tasty delights.

One single ticket includes limitless rides and ice skating, so why not treat your loved ones to a Christmas they’ll never forget at Winter Funland Manchester? Book your tickets here.

Meet Lego Santa at Legoland Discovery Centre Trafford Center

Meet Santa (with a difference) and journey to the LEGO® North Pole this December! Head into the grotto to have your souvenir photo taken with the brick man himself and receive an awesome gift! 

Costs an additional £5.00 on top of the ticket price.


  • 25th & 26th November
  • 2nd & 3rd December
  • 9th & 10th December
  • 16th – 24th December

Santa Special on the East Lancs Railway 2023

Steam into Christmas on the East Lancashire Railway’s famously festive Santa Specials. Your family will make enchanted memories to share as they take a trip through the magical Irwell Valley alongside colourful characters and surprises.

And what Christmas treat would be complete without a visit from a host of happy elves and Santa Claus himself.

What’s Included

  • Winter wonderland walkthrough at Bury Bolton Street Station featuring beautifully decorated festive scenes, a choir of carol singing polar bears and a magical talking Christmas Tree.
  • Interactions with special Christmas characters including old favourites like the elves, Mrs Claus and our very own Ice Princess.
  • An approximately 80-minute steam train ride from Bury to Rawtenstall and back.
  • A visit from Santa with extra time to talk and take photographs.
  • A Christmas gift for every child, selected by age brand.
  • High quality children’s activity books.
  • Traditional brass band on board.

For more information and booking, visit:  https://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk

Places to see Santa in Manchester

Visit Santa at Newbank Garden Center Radcliffe

Step into Santa’s enchanting grotto where a friendly elf will warmly welcome you, inviting you to take a seat and join in a festive song. Once your joyful singing reaches Santa’s ears, he’ll make a magical entrance to share a captivating story with the children. As you depart the grotto, each child will be gifted a special present, thoughtfully wrapped by the elves.

Price, Child and free adult ticket £12.99, additional adult £4.99

When Book Now Sessions Are Booking Up Fast

  • 1-17th December (closed Monday and Tuesday both weeks.
  • 18-23rd December

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Jane is a regular contributor to Mini Travellers and loves travelling around the UK with her three children aged 8,10 and 11.

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