Christmas in general is, for us (and as the old cliché dictates) the most wonderful time of year. But the festive season in Manchester particularly really warms the cockles of our hearts...
As we speed through December with lightning force, Christmas festivities have reached their absolute peak in the city and we think we might have found one event to top the rest.
Introducing Winter Funland at Event City...
Open now and running until 1st January 2019, you can expect some of the most addictive, crazy festive shows for your entertainment.
For those who are fancying a bit of culture, the spectacular event features a 1000-strong theatre with live performances all day every day with two shows per session so there's plenty for everyone - expect favourites like Frozen and Andy and the Odd Socks, plus some rapping robots and even a groovy Santa Claus!
Food stalls galore await and if you have a sweet tooth, the festive mini doughnuts - soft and oh-so-moreish - are sure to tickle your fancy.
Speciality Czech cuisine is also there to keep you fuelled throughout the evening - try a Nutella and strawberry cream trdlnik if you know what's good for you - you won't regret it ;)
Guests can also look forward to a gorgeously festive Santa's Grotto fit for Christmas kings and queens - therein lies a throne for St. Nick himself - as well as two real-life reindeers - Rudolph and Dancer.
A glittering ice rink also takes centre-stage for a gloriously romantic soiree with bae (if, unlike me, you don't have two left feet and tend to make an absolute fool of yourself.) Still, at least he might catch you when you fall...
Lucky guests can also expect a colourful mosaic of activity in the Christmas circus that's been erected on the Winter Fundland grounds. It's the real deal here - featuring clowns, trapeze artists - and of course, everyone's festive favourite grumpy anti-Santa the Grinch himself.
Perhaps our favourite part of it all, though - is the beautiful forest where Santa and his elves await visitors with open arms (and maybe a few gifts too...) Winter Funland has none of the tackiness of an ordinary mega-fair and all of the warm bubbly atmosphere you'd want to immerse yourself in this Christmas. And, if the adrenaline junkie in you is just bursting to come out, there are plenty of rides (including a Dumbo-themed one) carousels and of course - the teacups.
It's the perfect festive respite for couples, families and groups of friends to take some time out and enjoy one another's company for some much-needed R&R. It's a rich array of Christmas merriment with all the fun of the fair and the warmest, bubbly atmosphere to put a rosy glow in anyone's cheeks.
Taking place over at Event City opposite the Trafford Centre, Winter Funland is easily accessible by tram and has 3000 car parking places.
You can find out more and book via the official website here.
Sponsored By Winter Funland
A truly magical experience awaits young and old.
This year Winter Funland has real-life reindeer, indoor ice skating, megastar performers at the 1000-seat theatre, a huge circus, festive food and drink stalls and a delightful Santa's grotto.