Winter Wonderland returns to Manchester

For the last few years, the start of the festive season meant a trip to Winter Wonderland at Manchester’s Event City. We have always had a fantastic time there, enjoying all the fun of the fair without the snow, wind or rain.

It isn’t just the fun of the fair though – it’s the fun of a whole load of stuff and this year there is even more to enjoy.

Amongst the attractions are:

  • fairground rides
  • circus
  • mini panto
  • Santa & his reindeer
  • food & drink stalls
  • Basil Brush
  • sci-fi show
  • Pip from Pip Ahoy!
  • Prize Stalls

There is so much on offer that you have to work hard to fit it all into your four hour session, but you can do it if you try!

Some of our highlights from last year include:

The circus – a favourite of my six year old son’s because he loves to watch the strong men.

Winter Wonderland circus

The rides – The main attraction of course is the huge indoor fairground. The boys loved that they were allowed to go on anything they liked because the price of the entry ticket covers all rides. Food and drink, a gift from Santa and prize stalls are payable separately but if you’re on a budget you can have a great time without those added extras and relax knowing that all the rides and shows are covered.


The characters – Rowan met Captain Jack Sparrow, Anna and Elsa, and Channel 5’s Pip from Pip Ahoy! last year. He was especially pleased to see his friend Pip!

Winter Wonderland rowan-and-pip

Tickets for this year’s Winter Wonderland have started selling very quickly and are up 279% on last year, according to event organiser Kingpin Events. With that in mind, it’s probably best if you stop reading this post and go and grab your tickets while you still can!

Winter Wonderland Manchester is on from Sat 10th December 2016 – Sun, 1st Jan 2017 at EventCity (Next to Intu Trafford Centre). Parking is free, plentiful and close to the entrance.


Adult and Child (3-16): £19.50 (plus £1.50 Quaytickets booking fee)
Family: £64* (plus £1.50 Quaytickets booking fee)
OAP: £14 (plus £1.50 Quaytickets booking fee)
Child (Under 3): Free
Groups: 10% Discount (when booking 15+ tickets)
*(2 Adults and 2 Children or 1 Adult and 3 Children)
School Rate: £9.50 per child

All rides and attractions are included in the ticket price (excluding games and food stalls) and each session lasts for 4 hours.

Session times

Sat 10 – Sun 11 Dec: 11:00am – 3:00pm and 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Tue 13 – Thurs 15 Dec: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Fri 16 Dec – 10:30am – 2.30pm and 5pm – 9pm
Sat 17 – Fri 23 Dec – 11am – 3pm and 4:30pm – 8.30pm
Sat 24 Dec – 10:30am – 2.30pm
(No Afternoon session on 24 Dec and closed Christmas Day)
Mon 26 Dec – 1pm – 5pm
Tues 27 – Fri 30 Dec – 11am – 3pm and 4:30pm – 8:30pm
Sat 31 Dec – 11am – 3pm
Sun 1 Jan 2017 – 1pm – 5pm

To book tickets please visit the website Bookings via telephone can be made by calling 0843 208 1842, for Group Booking please call 0843 208 6003.

Now, I take great pleasure in being able to offer complimentary access to Winter Wonderland for one very lucky family (2 adults, 2 children) on Monday 12th December!

To enter, simply complete the gleam widget below. Good luck!

Winter Wonderland family ticket giveaway


  1. The best Christmas present was a haul of beautiful maternity clothes and py-jamas when I was pregnant with my son from my husband

  2. The best Christmas present I ever received was an Ipad a few years ago. Still going strong 5 years later, and hopefully for more years to come now the kids AKA Little Miss Costalots are here!

  3. a really naff box with a chicken on it but it was the first present my son ever chose himself 🙂

  4. Corny I know but it was my daughter she was born 4 days before Christmas, and she was the best ever early Christmas present I ever got !

  5. I got a red plastic stereo system with a record AND tape player – I must have been about 10. Best present ever!

  6. the best for me was a photo book, I get it every year and it is everything we did as a family over the last 12 months

  7. i always remember getting a wii the first christmas it was out and my dad telling me he couldnt get one and on christmas day he gave me it 😀 itll always stick with me xx

  8. My best christmas present was when I was 8 and I received a horse for my Sindy doll – I loved that horse!

  9. As a child I remember receiving The Mousetrap board game. We played for hours and hours. Great game.

  10. My Mum paid for us to go to Disneyland Paris Last Christmas, i thought we would never top that, although, baby no 2 is due around xmas time this year, so it will be my little baby Grace that is the best present. xx

  11. Mr Frosty – when I was 35! My Mum refused to buy this for me when I was a child because it was too messy! I never let her forget this so she bought it for me 2 years ago. Mum was right though – it was messy and rubbish!!

  12. Although not a present as such, the best I have ever had was on the 18th of December 2014. When my beautiful grandson was born

  13. I remember getting a particular doll when i was little, a huge soft bodied baby doll with a particular smell!

  14. A sega mega drive games console I was so excited I never slept for a couple of days before Christmas

  15. My husband paid for me to have a custom cartoon drawn featuring our family, and an obscene word haha! It is unique, hilarious and mildly offensive. So of course I love it!

  16. A Furby, I was around 10 and really wanted one. There were so few about I really didn’t believe it would happen.

  17. A trip to London to see Matilda the Musical! It was the most exciting night, especially once cocktails were added into the mix! xx

  18. My 1st Christmas as a mummy was the best gift ever, I always thought that nothing was better than being a kid at Christmas, turns out it is actually being a parent at Christmas,

  19. my partner got me an mp3 player but on it he had put all of my favourite albums and songs, I love it!!!!

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