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Need to get your Christmas on? Here’s our pick of festive fun this weekend.

Need to get your Christmas on? Here’s our pick of festive family frivolity this weekend:

Independent Liverpool Christmas Festival, Liverpool.


The Great Baltic Warehouse, in the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool, is being turned into a winter festival fit for Father Christmas himself this weekend.

Some of the best restaurants in the city will gather to put their Christmas spin on their beloved menus. They’ll be mince pies a plenty, and something rather lovely to wash them down with.

Liverpool’s premiere gin garden will be converted into a mulled wine garden and the Greenhouse space will be turned into ‘Me Nan’s’ –a pop up Baileys bar meant to mimic a typical scouse nans living room on Christmas Day, with antiques, old furniture, and an alternative Christmas speech!

If you’re more beers than Baileys then you’ll love the Liverpool Craft Corner to keep you all merry. Add to this, a gift shop which brings together some of the best local arts and craft people in one space, you can give the gift of local this year!

Yes there’ll be cheese, chocolatiers, illustrators and lots of other wonderful stuff. The favourite Grown Up Grinch Grotto will also be back. The soundtrack will be provided by lots of local DJ’s, live music and some alternative carol singers destined to bring us all together under one big roof for an incredible weekend of wintery fun!

This event is fun for all the family. Kids do come free and there will be the chance to meet the real life Santa himself. Although it’s a very busy period of time for him, he absolutely loves Liverpool and couldn’t resist the opportunity to spend a weekend with some Scousers. The event isn’t for kids but definitely is kid friendly and there’ll be a kids corner to keep them busy whilst you drink the Bailey’s bar dry!

Bring your own sleigh.

Thursday 8th December (5pm)  – Sunday 11th December

Advance tickets:


Roald Dahl’s Gloriumptious Christmas Mansion at Tatton Park, Cheshire.



There’s something magical happening over at Tatton Park’s Mansion this Christmas. For a limited time only (until 18 December) Tatton Park’s Mansion takes inspiration from Roald Dahls greatest stories. Enter a festive world where his extraordinary story telling weaves itself through the grand staterooms and in to the bustling servants’ quarters.

As part of a year-long programme of events to celebrate 100 years since the beloved author’s birth, visitors will be able to access over 13 different rooms in the Mansion decorated with foliage from the Gardens and Parkland – with each room being inspired by a different Roald Dahl tale.

You’ll be able to step inside the grand entrance and enter the surreal purple and gold-coloured world of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Inside the yellow drawing room The Witches take over – with a large bubbling cauldron and a broomstick tree. Listen out and you might hear a very special witches themed Christmas carol!

Mr Fox and all of his woodland friends are feasting in the dining room – expect a Christmas dinner scene like no other! Visitors can accompany The BFG as he visits Buckingham Palace in the drawing and music rooms – and meet bookworm Matilda in the library (and watch out for the dreaded Chokey in the Housekeeper’s room).

The Twits, Danny The Champion of the World and George’s Marvellous Medicine also have their own special areas – and woven throughout the Mansion is ‘Ode to Mother Christmas,’ a poem composed by Dahl in 1988 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The Christmas Mansion will be open from 11am until 4pm (last entry 3pm) on the following dates: Friday 9 – Sunday 11 December/ Friday 16 – Sunday 18 December

Tickets for the Christmas Mansion experience are priced at £9.50 for adults and £5.50 for children (exclusive of car entry, priced at £6). Price also applies to NT members.

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The Lanterns at Chester Zoo, Chester.


This festive event is now in its fifth year and has proven to be a great way to raise funds for the zoo and its work as a conservation charity.

This year Chester Zoo has promised more live performance characters and more lanterns than ever before, including, for the first time, a host of illuminated animal characters native to the UK.

Visitors will be invited to take a zebra crossing through a constellation of stars and stroll through the enchanted forest to meet a host of colourful festive characters, and even catch up a glimpse of Santa on his sleigh.

Our tip, book quickly! At the time of publishing this there was still availability for Friday 9th and Sunday 11th December.

Tickets cost £9-£12 for children and £10-£15 for adults. Infants age 2 and under are free. Book online at





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