Winter Wonderland Manchester


Christmas doesn’t really start for us until we’ve been to Winter Wonderland at Event City in Manchester. Now in its third year, it has quickly become part of our Christmas traditions and it gets better and better each year.

This year there was the addition of the ice show, a magic show and circus skills and lots more. There seemed to be twice as many rides, stalls and bouncy castles and it was completely impossible to see everything in one evening. We even bumped into someone famous – here he is standing with Manchester City’s Aguero!


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Sessions are timed and there are two per day, each lasting for four hours. We managed to fit in quite a lot during our visit but not quite everything. There were lots of rides we didn’t try but the boys had a look around and chose which one they wanted to go on. They certainly came away happy after all the fun they did have, and not being able to fit everything in didn’t matter a jot to them. And Happy kids = Happy mum.

The circus show at Winter Wonderland is fantastic. Circus Funtasia are there every year but they change their show and put on a breathtaking display of acrobatics, magic and brilliantly funny antics. Rowan was particularly in awe of the strong men in the show this year and has since told me he’s going to be a strong man when he’s older!

The addition of the VanDuren magic show is fantastic. The children – and us adults – loved the tricks and the escapology was just brilliant. We watched the magic show then returned later to try out some circus skills of our own. It was great fun and something we all enjoyed doing.

Kingpin Events bring Winter Wonderland together and create a magical, wonderful and heart warming experience for visiting families every year.

Winter Wonderland is on at Manchester’s Event City until January and all dates can be found on their site. Tickets are bookable in advance and start at £19.50. Find further details here.

I’d highly recommend taking the family to Winter Wonderland Manchester. The ticket price covers all shows including The Sooty Show, The VanBuren magic show, the ice show and the circus. It also includes all rides, bouncy castles and a visit to Santa (gift from Santa available for an additional £3.50, payable available the grotto).

Stalls such as hook a duck and food and drink are chargeable on the night but there is so much to do there is no real need to spend too much on the night.

Disclaimer: We were given complimentary access to Winter Wonderland Manchester for the purpose of an honest review.

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