Manchester are inviting us to take a nostalgic trip down memory lane this Christmas as a brand-new festive theme for the famous intu Trafford Centre’s Christmas grotto is announced…
Beatrix Potter’s most famous character, Peter Rabbit has been brought to life in an immersive Christmas grotto experience, which now boasts a brand-new spot outside the Great Hall.
From Wednesday 14 November, the classic characters will welcome visitors into Peter Rabbit’s warm and cosy burrow by a friendly woodland Elf who will introduce them to Peter Rabbit before he leads them on a magical adventure through his winter woodland.
En-route to seek out Father Christmas, children will search Squirrel Nutkin’s trail of Christmas acorns to find his secret Christmas dinner stash and decorate cookies with Jemima Puddle-Duck. They will get to meet Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and then be dared to enter Mr. Tod’s lair to sit around the cooking pot, but will they be brave enough to stir it?
Visitors will then end their magical Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto experience with a meeting with Father Christmas where they will receive a beautiful gift and the opportunity to pose for a photograph with him to have a keepsake of their amazing adventure.
Autism Friendly Grotto sessions
Autism-friendly sessions will once again be held at the grotto to provide a relaxed environment to visit Father Christmas. The Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto experience will cater for a much smaller group of visitors in an early morning session, meaning no stressful queuing is involved.
Autism-friendly elves will be on hand to support families through the experience while the volume of music in the grotto will be reduced and children can choose whether they want a photo taken with Father Christmas or an elf.
And for those with hearing related special needs there will also be special signing sessions, a new addition to the grotto this year.
Families can book any sessions that are available from the grotto’s online booking system, but the sessions specifically designed to support those with autism spectrum conditions include:
- Monday 3 December – 5-7pm
- Monday 10 December – 5-7pm
The grotto has proven very popular every year, so to avoid disappointment families are encouraged to book in advance via the link here.
Alison Niven, regional centre director at intu Trafford Centre, says:
“Beatrix Potter is one of the world’s most beloved authors and Peter Rabbit is a character that brings a smile to the face of both children and adults alike. This year’s grotto is set to delight the senses whilst really immersing visitors in the magical woodland world of Peter Rabbit and friends.”
The Peter Rabbit Christmas Grotto is open from Wednesday 14 November until Monday 24 December in a new location outside the Great Hall next to the big wheel.