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Top Christmas Events Midlands 2015

Get ready for Christmas and head on down to one of the many festive events happening across the midlands this year. Here are just a few of the very best Christmas events happening near to our stores.

Chester

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Father Christmas Story Time at Chester Zoo, 16th November – 24th December

Father Christmas himself will be reading stories to children at the beautiful Oakfield House. He’ll be helping your little ones make a gift for the local wildlife, and every child will get a present to take home.

Christmas at St Mary’s, 16th November – 15th January

A festival of events for everyone to enjoy, including theatre, cabaret, concerts, choirs, cinema, arts and crafts, children’s shows, festive singalongs, and more besides.

Chester Christmas Market, 19th November – 20th December

Shoppers are in for a magical time at the Chester Christmas market, with 70 wooden chalets offering an abundance of festive treats and gifts, including local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, and unique stocking fillers.

Chester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival, 28th November – 3rd January

The festival will see the cathedral cloisters transformed into astonishing tree-lined winter walkways with more than 40 majestic Christmas trees.

Saturnalia and Winter Watch Parade, 17th December

The Saturnalia parade sees the Roman Legion light up the streets with a torch-lit parade, a traditional Roman event held to celebrate the feast of Saturn. Winter Watch is a historic event where local artists and community groups join together to celebrate when city leaders would hand over the keys to the city watch.

Harrogate

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Stockeld Park: Christmas Adventure, 21st October – 4th January

Stockeld Park hosts a Christmas Adventure season from Halloween through Christmas. There’s a skating rink, an enchanted forest, a huge snowflake maze, Nordic ski trail, a Santa’s Grotto, magical gift shop, and a jam-packed special events calendar.

Stockeld Park Disco on Ice, 23rd October – 4th January

This huge outdoor rink is hosting Disco on Ice, where you can enjoy ice skating, music, and lights every Friday night.

Knaresborough Christmas Tree Festival, 4th – 13th December

Enjoy a magical visit to St John’s and vote for your favourite display whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine and beautiful music.

Christmas Story Time with Father Christmas, 12th – 24th December

Join Santa and his helpers at Ripley Castle and delight the children with a visit to the cosy grotto. Families will love to join Santa in a sing-a-long and then enjoy a heart-warming Christmas story. Don’t forget to wrap up warm to explore the stunning gardens and deer park – Rudolph will want to hear the story too.

Christmas With Will, 12th – 13th December

Santa Claus is coming to town, but before then, there’s a family friendly visit from the Bard himself. Someone’s let loose on the Christmas karaoke, and just who is that kissing under the mistletoe? You’ve never seen a Nativity quite like this before…

Manchester

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Manchester Ice Rink, 12th November – 3rd January

The city’s largest outdoor ice rink offers festive choristers, DJs, themed sessions, and family entertainment. Junior skaters and wobbly adults can join in, or head out to the fairground rides or the bar, complete with mulled wine.

Santa Specials at East Lancashire Railway, 28th November – 24th December

What better way to kick off the festive celebrations than by visiting the East Lancashire Railway’s popular Santa Specials? A tradition for many families in the North West, the Santa Specials are sure to create memories which you and your family will share forever.

Christmas Craft on a Ration, 5th – 31st December

Visit this festively decorated 1940s house in the Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits exhibition and create your own hanging decorations.

Christie Christmas Concert at Manchester Cathedral, 8th December

Join The Christie for a festive family night of Christmas music and help The Christie fight cancer. Featuring renowned singers Alexander Stewart and Natalie McGrath, the Failsworth Community Band, singers from Vernon Primary School, and Coronation Street’s Catherine Tyldesley, this will be a great start to the Christmas season.

The Snowman, 22nd – 23rd December

A perfect night out for all the family, this is a special screening of Raymond Briggs’s animated classic The Snowman. This festive favourite will be accompanied live by Hallé Orchestra, performing Howard Blake’s beautiful score including the celebrated ‘Walking in the Air’. The first half of the concert will see Tom Redmond presenting Dinosaurumpus, so come on down and join the dinosaurs and the Snowman!

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