WINTER WONDERLAND MANCHESTER
Manchester Winter Wonderland
A family day out in Winter Wonderland, the UK’s biggest indoor Christmas theme park.
A couple of weeks ago, I was talking to a mum I know at my son’s playgroup and she told me about Manchester’s Winter Wonderland. We were talking about things to do over the Christmas school break and she recommended this theme park. “I am definitely going there again this year. My kids loved it so much!” she said. I asked her how much it cost. About £21 per person. I thought that was very expensive. She said it was definitely worth it as all the rides are free when you get there.
I still wasn’t sure whether or not I should go there with my kids. My daughter is 7 years old. Usually, 7 years olds know Father Christmas doesn’t exist, especially if they have older siblings or they often play with older children in after school clubs. But, she still believes Father Christmas! ^^
I told some of the mums I know about my daughter. They all told me to take her to Christmas events as it could be the last one for her. I checked the Winter Wonderland website and watched a video. It looked fantastic!
I talked to my husband about it and decided to get some tickets. As Christmas is just around the corner, it was almost sold out! The only tickets I could get were for Friday afternoon/evening. As it turned out, my husband had a half day at work on that day so it worked out perfectly. Yay!
My husband finished work at 1pm and went Christmas food shopping in the small shopping mall in front of his work. He is so sweet. He called to say the traffic was really bad so we had better leave early.
“Make sure you take a packed lunch”, my friend recommended as the queues were very long last year. So, I packed some sandwiches, snacks and drinks and when my husband arrived home we drove the short distance to Event City, next to the Trafford Centre near Manchester. The traffic wasn’t too bad and we parked up with about 15 minutes to spare.
The car park was already full! But, they opened another car park just as we got there. That was wonderful! The queue was long to get into the building and it was already dark outside. It starts to get dark at about 3:30pm in December in England. Luckily we didn’t have to wait long to get in as the queue was moving fast.
On their website, Father Christmas is supposed to meet & greet near the entrance, but, he wasn’t there. Instead, his Elves were singing and dancing. Father Christmas was obviously too busy!!!
When we went inside, there were lots of rides. It is like a fun fair but indoors! What a fantastic idea as it rains a lot in the UK! All the rides are included in the ticket price, but, there are games such as shooting and hook-a-duck, etc which cost extra. They do try and squeeze as much money out of you as possible!
My daughter and son were crazy for the rides. Even though there were a lot of people, there were so many rides that the longest we queued was for about 5 minutes. A lot of the rides they went on we didn’t have to queue and they didn’t mind if the kids wanted to have another go without getting off and back on again. Which was wonderful!
Although, we brought a packed lunch, as my friend advised, they must have had more food stalls this year as you didn’t have to wait long for anything to eat or drink. I’m glad I bought sandwiches though, as the food there wasn’t cheap. It was £2 for a bottle of water so you can imagine how much the hotdogs and burgers were!
Around 7:30pm, the majority of the people were leaving but, my children didn’t want to go home until the doors closed. Well, we got our money’s worth! For the last half an hour, my children played in the sandpit. There were deck chairs for the adults, which were great for me to have a rest!
At 8:30pm we walked back to the car and my daughter asked if we are going to have a proper dinner. As we were right next to the Trafford Centre my husband suggested Five Guys. We all had cheeseburgers and fries and talked about what our favourite part of the day was.
We got home and showered two very tired kids and got them off to bed. They had a wonderful time. If you are looking for something to do with your kids in Manchester, I highly recommend Winter Wonderland! Merry Christmas, everyone!